Ford’s Hardin County Electric Battery Plant Makes Progress

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A year after Ford announced plans to build a nearly $6 billion electric battery plant in Hardin County, the economic ripple continues to reverberate. Earlier in August, Lotte Aluminum announced plans to build the TJ Patterson Industrial Park in Elizabethtown. This week, Governor Andy Beshear said Advanced Nano Products would do the same. In all, there would be more than 200 new jobs with the addition of these companies. “I’ve spoken at length about how the Blue Oval SK and Envision factories will continue to provide new opportunities and that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Beshear said. Advanced Nano Products is Kentucky’s 3rd largest battery supplier since Ford’s announcement. Lotte also manufactures battery-related products. “It’s exciting. We’re very excited for the future of our community,” said Ed Poppe. County Industrial Foundation, the group behind TJ Patterson Industrial Park. But the park lacks space. When the first section was built in 1998, there were nearly 400 acres up for grabs. Today, there are only 30, which translates into room for two companies. And more companies mean even more jobs, and well-paying jobs. Advanced Nano Products promises an average salary of $40 per hour. Carter Dyson of the Kentucky Career Center in Elizabethtown says the excitement in her office is unmatched. here, the amount of revenue they will generate, this will be one of the places in Kentucky, one of the places to be,” Dyson said. One place where the predominant problem, for now, is the lack of space.” This foundation was laid years ago, but it’s also nice to say that we need to look for more land. It’s a good feeling to say we’ve gotten so many jobs in our community,” Poppe said of the growth in the industry park. The Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation says several groups expressed interest in the two remaining sites of the industrial park.

A year after Ford announced plans to build a nearly $6 billion electric battery plant in Hardin County, the economic ripple continues to reverberate.

Earlier in August, Lotte Aluminum announced plans to build the TJ Patterson Industrial Park in Elizabethtown. This week, Governor Andy Beshear said Advanced Nano Products would do the same. In all, there would be more than 200 new jobs with the addition of these businesses.

“I’ve spoken at length about how the Blue Oval SK and Envision plants will continue to provide new opportunities and that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Beshear said.

Advanced Nano Products is Kentucky’s third battery supplier since Ford’s announcement. Lotte also manufactures battery-related products.

“It’s exciting. We’re very excited for the future of our community,” said Ed Poppe.

Poppe, who works with the City of Elizabethtown, also sits on the board of the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation, the group behind the TJ Patterson Industrial Park.

But the park lacks space. When the first section was built in 1998, there were nearly 400 acres up for grabs. Now there are only 30, which translates to room for two companies.

And more companies mean even more jobs and better-paying jobs. Advanced Nano Products promises an average salary of $40 per hour.

Carter Dyson, of the Kentucky Career Center in Elizabethtown, said the excitement in her office was unmatched.

“It’s something we’ve never seen before, the type of jobs that are coming here, the amount of revenue they will generate, this will be one of the places in Kentucky, one of the places where it gotta be,” Dyson said. .

A place where the predominant problem, for now, is the lack of space.

“That foundation was laid years ago, but it’s also nice to say that we need to look for more land. It’s a good feeling to say that we’ve gotten so many jobs in our community,” said Poppe said of the industry’s growth. Park.

The Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation says several groups have expressed interest in the two remaining industrial park sites.

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