Ford’s ‘revolutionary’ new electric vehicle plant to bring 6K jobs, trade school to West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ford Motor Company is bringing a revolutionary new electric vehicle plant and thousands of new jobs to West Tennessee.

Once complete, the 3600-acre campus will be called “Blue Oval City.”

The project is expected to create 5800 jobs and a trade school.

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Ford to invest $5.6 billion in Memphis-area Megasite to build electric vehicles and batteries.

The plant will produce electric trucks and electric vehicle batteries, and construction is set to start by the end of the year.

Tennesse Gov. Bill Lee called the project “the largest single investment in Tennessee’s history,” and it’s right in Memphis’ backyard.

The massive industrial campus is being built in Stanton, Tennessee. That’s in Haywood County, about 50 minutes northeast of downtown Memphis.

The land where the plant will go goes almost two miles deep off of Exit 42 along Interstate 40.

Gov. Lee talking not just about the jobs but the other opportunities like the Trade School that will be here

”Well, as you know, we have invested heavily in colleges of applied technology, and in the next budget, there will be even more. One of those colleges will be located in Blue Oval City,” said Gov. Lee talking not just about the jobs but the other opportunities like the trade school the new plant will also bring to the area.

In a ceremony Tuesday morning at Shelby Farms, Lee also mentioned the job creation and business opportunities the plant would bring.

”Six-thousand direct jobs as a result of Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation, but obviously the economic system that is established around such a massive automotive assembly plant will create an estimated 20-thousand jobs. There will also be 30-thousand jobs with the construction of this plant,” Lee said.

Larry Jones lives in Stanton, a town of only about 500 people. When FOX13 mentioned the plant, Jones had nothing but praise.

”Like the bible says, there is a time for all things, so it’s a time for all things, and it’s a blessing and opportunity for us,” Jones said.

Craig Wellington also lives in the city of Stanton, and he says it’s going to mean that people there don’t have to go elsewhere to look for work.

”I think it is going to be a great thing for towns around here,” Wellington said. “It’s great for Stanton and Mason, and it’s a great thing. Most youngsters have to leave here because there is no jobs.”

The construction of the plant is supposed to begin by the end of the year. The plant is going to start operation in 2025.

From most places in the Memphis Metro area, it is anywhere from a 35-minute drive to a 45-minute drive to the plant location.