Construction of Ford’s new Blue Oval City manufacturing complex in Stanton, Tennessee is well under way following its announcement last September.
The $5.6 billion campus is about to open production of electric trucks and batteries in partnership with Korea’s SK ON in 2025.
Building supports have begun to rise from the property for a facility that will cover 6 square miles and employ 6,000 workers upon completion.
“The facility is a blueprint for Ford’s future manufacturing facilities and will help Ford lead America’s transition to electric vehicles,” said Eric Grubb, Ford’s Director of New Footprint Construction.
The project is being supported by an $884 million incentive program from the state of Tennessee and is expected to create an additional 21,000 indirect jobs, According to government officials.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called it “the largest investment in the state’s history.”
The factory will build the next-generation F-Series “electric pickup that’s different” Current F-150 Lightning, Ford CEO Jim Farley said in April.
The Blue Oval City is part of a broader regional electric vehicle manufacturing investment by Ford that includes a $5.8 billion battery factory in Kentucky.
Ford aims to achieve global capability to manufacture 2 million electric vehicles annually until 2026, which will represent about a third of its production, but has not committed to a deadline for going all-electric in the US.
Ford splits its business into a dedicated Model E division this year to electric vehicles and Ford Blue, which focuses on internal combustion engine models and hybrids.
Farley told the company’s dealers this month that he would have the option to judge. Sell Ford Blue Products If they don’t want to make the necessary investments to support EV sales.