Ford announced it officially has broken ground at BlueOval City, its largest auto production complex in the company’s 119-year history.
Structural steel has been erected less than one year after Ford and SK On announced their $5.6 billion investment to build an all-new electric truck and advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles in West Tennessee, according to Ford's news release. The nearly six-square-mile mega campus will create approximately 6,000 new jobs when production begins in 2025.
“We are building the future right here in West Tennessee,” said Eric Grubb, Ford’s director of new footprint construction. “This facility is the blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will enable Ford to help lead America’s shift to electric vehicles.”
With construction underway at BlueOval City, Ford said it gets closer to its target of a 2 million EV production run rate globally by late 2026.
“Ford’s historic investment in West Tennessee is a testament to our state’s strong business climate and unmatched workforce,” said Governor Bill Lee. “BlueOval City will have a transformational impact on Tennesseans and our economy, and we’re proud this global company will call Haywood County home.”
Ford said it will continue to engage with communities in West Tennessee, including through live-streamed discussions and collaborative projects. Ford is working with the University of Tennessee to restore the stream waters flowing through the University’s Lone Oaks Farm and to expand STEM education to Tennessee students from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the company.
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