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Construction is now well underway at Ford’s new Blue Oval City manufacturing complex in Stanton, Tennessee, following its announcement last September.

The $5.6 billion complex is scheduled to begin production of electric trucks and batteries in 2025 in partnership with Korea’s SK On.

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The building support has begun to grow from the property to a facility that will cover six 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.

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The project is being supported by an $884 million stimulus program from the state of Tennessee and is expected to create an additional 21,000 indirect jobs, according to government officials.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called it the “greatest investment in the state’s history.”

Blue Oval City Steel

The factory will build the next generation F-Series “electric pickup that is different from the current F-150 Lightning”, Ford CEO Jim Farley said: in April.

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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.

Jim Farley Lightning

Ford aims to have a global capacity to build two million electric vehicles annually by 2026, which would represent about a third of its production, but hasn’t committed to a deadline for going all-electric in the US.

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Ford this year split its business into a Model E division dedicated to electric vehicles, and Ford Blue, which focuses on internal combustion engine models and hybrids.
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Farley told the company’s dealers this month that they would have the option of selling Ford Blue products if they don’t want to make the necessary investments to support EV sales.