Construction preparations underway for Ford battery plant in Hardin County

Thousands of jobs are set to change the landscape of one Hardin County community.
Published: Apr. 13, 2022 at 5:01 PM EDT
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GLENDALE, Ky. (WAVE) - Thousands of jobs are set to change the landscape of one Hardin County community.

Glendale will be home to Ford’s new electric vehicle battery manufacturing complex. Ford executives offered an update on Wednesday with plans for the new plant.

The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce hosted Ford Motor Company’s director of economic development, Gabby Bruno, as guest speaker at a luncheon on Wednesday.

Bruno talked about the progress on the BlueOval SK, battery park, Ford’s $5.6 billion investment.

The 1,500 acre campus is located near Interstate 65 in Glendale.

The plant will manufacture batteries for the automaker’s next generation of electric vehicles. Ford said the investment will result in 5,000 new jobs in the area.

In terms of construction, Bruno said site prep is underway and the permitting process is ongoing.

“We will be planning a groundbreaking ceremony later this year,” Bruno said. “At peak construction, we will have thousands of construction crews there. We have hosted two subcontractor events so far, one in February, one in March and more planned. We’ve had 600 plus businesses attend these events, with 100 plus businesses from Kentucky.”

Ford’s workforce development team has been meeting with educational partners in Kentucky. They are trying to better understand the educational landscape of the area and working on better identifying the types of jobs and skills needed for battery manufacturing.

The Ford facility will include an expansion of Elizabethtown Community Technical College so that future students can be trained to specific manufacturing needs.

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