BlueOval SK: A celebration of global to local partnerships

Although ground has long been broken at the site of the new BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, officials representing all facets of the joint venture gathered Monday to electrify the community and celebrate the construction’s progress.

They also celebrated the many partnerships that made possible the joint venture — known as BlueOval SK, a combination of Ford Motor Co. and SK On.

“BlueOval SK is simply the combination of the expertise and experience of two innovative companies,” CEO BlueOval SK David Hahm said.

Ford has a century-old history manufacturing cars in Kentucky and even longer in America, SK — SK On’s parent company — is the second largest business conglomerate in South Korea, established 60 years ago, Hahm said.

“SK On has been manufacturing the safest lithium ion batteries to power electric vehicles for more than two decades,” he said. “Beautiful vehicle designs coupled with safe, innovative battery technology is the road that will lead to the success for BlueOval SK.”

Not only have two companies partnered to form BlueOval SK, Hahm said the newly formed company has joined with state and local officials — from the government, economic development and education sectors — to standup the company and the training required for the 5,000 jobs at the plants.

“Today the bonds of our incredible partnership grow even stronger,” Gov. Andy Brashear said in his remarks. “We’re celebrating the progress we’re making on the absolutely game changing and enormous BlueOval