Ford breaks ground at BlueOval City facility in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ford Motor Company has broken ground at BlueOval City, the manufacturing site for the company’s new electric vehicles and advanced batteries.

The Stanton, Tenn., facility will create approximately 6,000 jobs.

The company plans to reach a 2 million electric vehicle annual run rate globally by late 2026, according to a release from Ford.

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Workers will make new, revolutionary electric trucks and advanced batteries to power future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles.

BlueOval City is scheduled to open in 2025, Ford said.

The facility is the largest, most advanced auto production plant in the company’s 119-year history. The campus is nearly six square miles.

“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.”

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Significant progress has been made since March, when Ford and its construction partners began preparing the land for construction.

Crews have moved more than 4.6 million cubic yards of soil, enough to fill approximately 34,500 backyard swimming pools, the company said.

Nearly 370,000 tons of stone have been laid, the weight of more than 1,600 Statues of Liberty.

More than 4,600 deep foundations were installed, totaling the height of approximately 176 Eiffel Towers when put end to end.