Glendale, Kentucky (WAVE)-Ford Motor Company will bring new jobs to Kentucky to increase production of electric vehicle parts.
Ford said that BlueOvalSK Battery Park, an electric vehicle battery manufacturing complex, will be built in Glendale and plans to start production in 2025.
A dual-battery factory will be created to provide other Ford plants in North America with locally assembled batteries and power Ford’s electric vehicles, including Ford F-150 Lightning, E-Transit and Mustang Mach-E.
The company stated that the 1,500-acre park will create 5,000 new jobs in the Harding County area.
Ford will also establish a large-scale campus in Tennessee to create a complete ecosystem to assemble electric F series cars and manufacture batteries.
Through cooperation with SK Innovation, Ford plans to invest US$5.8 billion in the Kentucky plant and US$5.6 billion in the Tennessee plant.
Ford executive chairman Bill Ford said in a press release: “This is a transformative moment. Ford will lead the transition to electric vehicles in the United States and usher in a new era of clean, carbon-neutral manufacturing.” With investment and innovation, we can achieve goals that were once considered mutually exclusive-to protect our planet, to make great electric cars that Americans love, and to contribute to the prosperity of our country.”
After the announcement, several state leaders commented on Ford’s economic investment in Harding County.
“We thank Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation for their investment in the Kentucky team,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshir said in a statement. “This is the largest investment in our state’s history. This project consolidates our future leadership in the automotive industry. It will transform our economy, create a better Kentucky, and provide more for generations of our families. Opportunity. Our economy is on fire. Now, it’s electric. We will never be considered a flyover. Our time is now. Our future is now.”
“I applaud Ford’s decision to bring their new battery plant to Harding County, which will provide much-needed economic impetus to the region and create thousands of high-paying jobs in Kentucky,” U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said . “With Ford’s commitment, we have further consolidated our position as a world-class automobile nation at the forefront of research and development. I look forward to continuing to implement pro-business policies in Kentucky and the country so that great American companies like Ford can continue to prosper and develop our economy. .”
“I am very pleased to see Harding County selected as the site of the innovative battery manufacturing park,” said U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie. “With a historic investment of US$5.8 billion and 5,000 new jobs, Kentucky people in Glendale and surrounding areas will see new opportunities and economic growth in the coming years. I want to thank Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation for their hard work. The trust and investment of working Kentucky people.”
“We are very pleased to see key Kentucky Chamber of Commerce companies like Ford expand their investment in the Commonwealth,” said Ashli Watts, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “This announcement will bring future jobs and further strengthen Kentucky’s position as a leader in auto manufacturing. The Chamber of Commerce thanks the Governor and the General Assembly for recognizing the importance of this investment.”
People living in Glendale told WAVE 3 News that the town had mixed feelings about the announcement.
Brian Cardin likes the feel of the small town of Glendale.
“It’s a very iconic channel feeling,” he explained. “A lot of people worry that this situation will disappear because of large-scale development and a large number of houses are being built, even if the traffic we see now will increase.”
Cardan finally said that he supports the plan due to the upcoming job opportunities. Jarrett Abel agreed.
“It’s in the middle of Hart County, Laru County, and Harding County,” he said. “There are many people who travel farther distances for a good job.”
Governor Andy Beshear is expected to make an official announcement with Ford officials in Frankfurt at 4:30 pm on Tuesday.
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