SK Battery America partners with the Georgia National Guard
ATLANTA — The Georgia National Guard’s Work for Warriors Georgia program has partnered with SK Battery America for the Military Career Fair.
Governor Brian Kemp joined Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Tom Carden, Col. (Retired) Patricia Ross, Georgia Veterans Service Commissioner, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development of Georgia, Pat Wilson, and SK Battery America CEO, Timothy Jeong, to announce the lithium-ion electric vehicle battery. The manufacturer will partner with the Guard’s Work for Warriors Georgia program as it continues to hire at the Commerce, Georgia plant. To kick off the effort, SK Battery America (SKBA) will host a military and veteran-focused career fair on Saturday, July 23.
“Not only do we owe our service members and veterans an enormous debt of gratitude for protecting our freedom, but we also appreciate their contributions as members of our workforce in making Georgia the premier state for business,” Governor Brian Kemp said. “Work for Warriors Georgia is an exciting program of the Georgia National Guard, and I applaud SK Battery America’s commitment to hiring these capable individuals and their families as part of the nearly 2,600 jobs they create in the northeast Georgia.”
“Veterans and spouses are an incredibly valuable asset to SK Battery America as we continue to fill our production and administrative positions,” said Timothy Jeong, CEO of SK Battery America. “It’s exciting to have the support of Georgia’s elite forces as we build cells to electrify American vehicles for a cleaner future.”
Georgia has the fifth largest military population in the United States. Work for Warriors Georgia is a free employment initiative created by the Georgia National Guard dedicated to helping military members, veterans, retirees, reservists, and their families pursue their career goals. With 1,500 already employed at the plant, SK Battery America is ahead of its targets as hiring continues.
“We very much appreciate that SK Battery America is working hard to hire veterans as well as current members of the Georgia National Guard,” said Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Tom Carden. “Many employers across the state, including SK Battery America, see the value in hiring our employees and we believe it will make a huge difference in many lives.”
“SK Battery America approached us early on, demonstrating their commitment to hiring military and veterans because of the incredible talent and work ethic that veterans bring to the workforce,” said Georgia Veterans Service Commissioner Col. (Retired) Patricia Ross. “We are thrilled to support SK Battery’s partnership with Work for Warriors and the Georgia Guard to help our men and women who have served this state and our nation connect to great jobs with great companies.”
SK Battery America will host a job fair at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at the Georgia National Guard Armory located at 153 Alta Vista Road in Gainesville. The first hour of the show will be dedicated exclusively to military personnel, as the company is focused on hiring as many military personnel, veterans, and their family members as possible. The fair will open to the public at 11 a.m. and will last until 2 p.m. SKBA representatives will be available to discuss positions and on-site interviews will take place.
SK Battery America is investing nearly $2.6 billion in two battery manufacturing plants in Jackson County to supply electric vehicles, including the Ford F-150 Lightning. Founded in 1976, SK Group is South Korea’s second-largest conglomerate, and the SKBA facility is one of SK Group’s three major investments in the state of Georgia.
“Businesses seek out Georgia because of our world-class workforce and training programs,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Similarly, we are focused on recruiting companies like SK Battery America that will go even further in their investment in the state than the initial investment to be part of the fabric of our communities. This meaningful partnership with the Georgia National Guard will be a great win for everyone involved, and we applaud this exciting relationship.
About work for warriors
Work for Warriors Georgia aims to bridge the gap between service and civilian employment, as there is a direct link between the well-being and preparation of the traditional military and a healthy work environment and relationship with one’s civilian employer when he is not in uniform.