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9 Million Work Hours and Counting, Barton Malow, Gray, and BlueOval SK Celebrate Major Construction Milestone

Over 3,800 people on-site, more than 8,705,000 cubic yards of moved earth, and 77,000 tons of steel set are proof positive that the BlueOval SK Battery Park is “electrifying the future” of the Commonwealth.

Barton Malow and their local construction partner, Gray, are proud to announce that the project has officially eclipsed 9 million work hours at the BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Kentucky. As a result of the dedication of 3,800+ team members, construction on the $5.8 billion project is on schedule to begin production in 2025.

Since Barton Malow and Gray broke ground in 2022, more than 8,750,000 cubic yards of earth have been moved, over 373,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured, and nearly 77,000 tons of steel have been placed around the 1,500-acre site.

“It has been an honor to work alongside all of our partners in state government, local government, and the business community to help deliver an economic development project of this magnitude on time and on target,” said Steve Freed, Sr. Vice President of Barton Malow Company. “Thanks to the countless team members for their support in building the ‘advanced electric battery capital of the world’ right here in the beautiful Bluegrass State.”

“This is such a meaningful accomplishment that would not be possible without a cohesive team driven by commitment, passion, and hard work,” said Brian Jones, President and CEO of Gray Construction. “I’m proud of the teams and work being done and look forward to accomplishing more incredible milestones.”

“Barton Malow, Gray, Ford Land, as well as the many subcontractors have been outstanding partners in helping bring this joint venture to life,” said Micheal Adams, CEO of BlueOval SK. “We’re immensely grateful to every single person, from Kentucky and across the nation, who have contributed their time and talent. Together, we are electrifying the future of the Commonwealth.”

Of note, a recent study by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) and Murray State University found that once at full employment, BlueOval SK Battery Park is estimated to account for a yearly value-added impact of nearly $800 million in and around Hardin County and over $2.3 billion in Kentucky. For more information, including a county-by-county economic impact breakdown, please click here.

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