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Kentucky’s largest-ever economic development project is hiring

BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, KY
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BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, KY

Kentucky’s largest-ever economic development project is hiring.

BlueOval SK has created a websiteto accept applications for 5,000 jobs at two electric vehicle battery plants under construction in Hardin County. The project is a partnership between Ford Motor Company and South Korea-based SK On.

Tyler Stegall, talent acquisition manager for BlueOval SK, says there are job opportunities for nearly every skill set.

“There are many production positions in management, both production team managers and production supervisors," Stegall told WKU Public Radio. "There are also postings in maintenance for individuals who help keep our plant running and our equipment up to par.”

Administrative, management, and engineering make up most of the current positions that are posted.

Applicants seeking an hourly position can fill out an interest form to be contacted once those jobs are posted at a later time.

With a projected workforce of 5,000, the mega plants will be the equivalent of a small town. Support roles include HR and IT specialists, and even a plant physician and interpreter.

Stegall says most recruiting is being done locally.

“There are niche roles that require a more unique skill set and we do have to search nationwide," Stegall stated. "However, that is a small number of the total team members that we’ll bring on board.”

The Glendale battery plants are scheduled to begin production in 2025, but many of the positions will begin well before the launch.

The plants will manufacture EV batteries for Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.