State Invites Tenders for Construction of Ford Battery Park Training Center

Photo courtesy of Governor Andy Beshear’s Facebook page

FRANKFURT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear on Monday announced another major step towards the construction and development of the Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation BlueOvalSK Battery Park which will be located in Hardin County.

In September 2021, the Governor was joined by Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley, as well as Dong-Seob Jee, President of SK Innovation’s Battery Business, to announce BlueOvalSK. The $5.8 billion project is the largest economic development investment in Commonwealth history and will create 5,000 jobs.

This transformative development requires the construction of an on-site training center, which will also be a new satellite campus for the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC).

On Monday, the Cabinet of Finance and Administration, on behalf of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and ECTC, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking professional design services and construction administration for this new on-site training center to be built in Glendale, Kentucky.

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“A flexible, state-of-the-art training facility designed to meet both initial start-up and long-term education and training needs at BlueOvalSK is critical to the success of the largest economic development project in history. of Kentucky,” Beshear said. “Once built, it will provide the classrooms used to train the employees who will produce these electric vehicle batteries. It will also include the laboratories that will be used in the research and development of this advanced technology, as well as offices and meeting spaces for faculty and staff.

KCTCS has a credit of $25 million for the design and construction of the project site development, new site buildings and equipment, and roads and parking lots.

“Leading the electrification revolution requires a skilled workforce to use and develop the latest technologies, and we appreciate that Ford’s partners in Kentucky understand the importance of workforce development and training. workforce,” said Liliana Ramirez, Workforce Development Manager for BlueOvalSK Battery Park. “The Commonwealth of Kentucky and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s new state-of-the-art facility on-site at BlueOvalSK Battery Park will enable Kentuckians to develop the skills needed as we prepare to usher in a new era of advanced manufacturing there. ”

“We envision a new facility that will not only meet on-site training needs during the early years of the plant, but also easily adapt to meet the training needs of subsequent years,” said the KCTCS Chairman. , Paul Czarapata. “We look forward to working with Ford Motor Co. and SK Innovation on this facility that will train the workforce for many years to come.”

Detailed programmatic requirements for the on-site training facility are currently being determined by the KCTCS and ECTC in conjunction with their manufacturing partners. These will include, but not be limited to, state-of-the-art manufacturing labs and classrooms; technical laboratories and classrooms; faculty and staff offices and support spaces; transport-related laboratories and classrooms; and workforce development offices and meeting rooms.

Upon contract award, the design contractor’s first task will be to develop a construction and site program for the new facility with the aim of tendering construction of the project in January 2023. The RFP can be found on the state website. online shopping site.

Read more about the announcement of BlueOvalSK Battery Park Click here.

The Commonwealth continues to see growth in the electric vehicle industry. Just last week, Beshear announced that Kentucky could receive up to $10,280,470 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2022 to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“We know electric vehicles are the way of the future, and Kentucky will be at the center of that transition,” Beshear said. “Kentuckians are going to make the batteries for these cars, and that will ensure that we have the infrastructure in place that will allow Kentuckians to drive them and enjoy them.”

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Milton S. Rodgers