Volunteer values: Ford breaks ground for huge EV plant

The Ford Motor Company this week put shovels into dirt on the opening stages of what promises to be a major new manufacturing facility for EVs at a new plant in Stanton, Tennessee, not far from the Memphis metro area. BlueOval City, as it’s going to be know, represents a $5.6 billion investment to set up a new plant to build Ford-badged electric trucks and their batteries at a complex that will encompass six square miles and eventually employ 6,000. BlueOval City will produce batteries and related equipment for both Ford and Lincoln vehicles once it’s fully online.

The photo shows the first structural steel going skyward at BlueOval City, a major element in Ford’s long-term plan to establish itself as the world’s second-largest producer of EVs. That comes less than a year after Ford and technical partner SK On disclosed their plans to construct the sprawling Tennessee plant. An associated project has Ford working in close conjunction with Tennessee education officials to enhance STEM programs in local schools, where future BlueOval City staff may be in the classrooms today.

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