SK Battery Breaks Ground on $1.67B Plant in Jackson County

Thu April 04, 2019 - Southeast Edition #8
Georgia Governor’s Office

(SK Innovation photo)
(SK Innovation photo)

Gov. Brian P. Kemp, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, other elected officials, state and local economic development leaders, and corporate representatives attended the groundbreaking in Commerce, Ga., March 19 for SK Battery America's $1.67 billion investment in Jackson County.

The project will create roughly 2,000 jobs as one of the largest single investments and job-creation initiatives in Georgia history.

"Today is a remarkable day for Georgia," Kemp said. "I thank SK Innovation for this historic investment in our state, which will provide immeasurable economic opportunity for thousands of Georgia families. I look forward to working together in the years to come to strengthen our relationship and ensure a brighter future for Georgia."

"We were excited to be part of the celebration in Jackson County today," said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. "SK Group was among the first Korean investors in Georgia, and their commitment to our state continues with this investment in Commerce.

"SK Innovation's announcement in November 2018 that they would build a new battery manufacturing facility — creating more than 2,000 jobs and investing over $1.67 billion in Jackson County — is among the largest economic development projects in state history. The company's generous donation to the Empower College and Career Center in Jackson County shows what a true civic partner they will be for the entire region.

"It truly doesn't get much better than this. We look forward to working with SK Battery America as they continue to expand their footprint in Georgia."