BlueOval City FAQs
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BlueOval City is an all-new electric vehicle and battery manufacturing campus located in West Tennessee. This $5.6 billion investment in West Tennessee will be home to the next-generation electric truck from Ford and will produce batteries for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The site spans six square miles and will be among the largest auto manufacturing facilities in U.S. history. It will encompass vehicle assembly, battery production and a supplier park in a vertically integrated ecosystem.
The assembly facility at BlueOval City will produce the next-generation electric truck from Ford.
BlueOval SK Battery Park is an all-new manufacturing campus in Central Kentucky that will produce batteries for future Ford and Lincoln vehicles. The site is a $5.8 billion investment by Ford and SK On and will be home to two new battery manufacturing facilities.
SK On, a subsidiary of SK Innovation, a joint venture partner of Ford, is developing and manufacturing electric vehicle batteries at BlueOval City and BlueOval SK Battery Park.
In Tennessee, BlueOval City will employ approximately 6,000 people between the electric vehicle manufacturing facility and battery manufacturing facility. In Central Kentucky, BlueOval SK Battery Park will employee 5,000 people.
The BlueOval City site covers nearly six square miles and will encompass vehicle assembly, battery production and a supplier park in a vertically integrated ecosystem.
The BlueOval SK Battery Park manufacturing campus is 1,500 acres and is home to twin colocated battery plants.
Ford and SK Innovation plan to invest $11.4 billion and create nearly 11,000 new jobs at the Tennessee and Kentucky megasites.
Walbridge is a full-service construction company that has built projects, both big and small, in geographic locations ranging from Midland, Michigan, to Chennai, India. Ford is working with Walbridge as the general contractor for BlueOval City.
Ford and their construction partners are committed to a diverse, local workforce and all orders at BlueOval City are competitively bid. Ford is making it a priority to have diverse businesses involved in the massive project, including minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBTQ+- and disability-owned businesses. Ford and Walbridge worked with several local and state services and trade associations to develop a list of more than 1,400 local businesses to invite to get involved in the project at BlueOval City.
Ford is working with Barton Malow as the general contractor for BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky. Barton Malow Company is a contractor leveraging an integrated, self-perform approach that includes civil, concrete, steel, equipment setting, general trades, refractory and boilermaker work. Barton Malow Company builds automotive, energy, industrial and metals projects throughout North America.
Ford and their construction partners are committed to a diverse, local workforce and all orders at BlueOval SK Battery Park are competitively bid. Ford is making it a priority to have diverse businesses involved in the massive project, including minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBTQ+- and disability-owned businesses. Ford, Barton Malow and Gray worked with several local and state services and trade associations to develop a list of more than 1,000 companies to invite to participate in the BlueOval SK Battery Park project.
Gray Construction is the local partner Barton Malow selected to work on the BlueOval SK Battery Park project. Gray Construction is based in Lexington, KY, and has 50 years of experience working with automotive customers.
All remains on schedule. Production of the new electric truck will begin in 2025. In late March, Ford and their construction partners began preparing the land at BlueOval City for construction. Formal construction is set to begin later this year. Please visit the BlueOval City website for future updates: www.ford.com/blueovalcity
There are hundreds of different technical and professional job roles at BlueOval City that will require a wide range of skills and experience to fill, and there will be significant new employment opportunities for qualified workers at BlueOval City. We will provide additional information on those opportunities as it becomes available.
Ford is partnering with local governments and others to make a significant investment in local training, including the construction of new training facilities.
We are connecting high schools, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, colleges, universities and other community organizations to training resources so as many local residents as possible can be part of the Ford team at BlueOval City.
Ford is exploring how to remove transportation barriers that could prevent someone from pursuing an opportunity in connection with our facilities. We are working with local government and other stakeholders to develop transportation options.
Ford takes our responsibility to be a good neighbor seriously. We are partnering with local/state stakeholders to minimize disruptions while maximizing positive economic development that will benefit the local community. We look forward to learning more about what is important to the community and becoming part of the fabric of the region. Our teams are committed to working with local communities to ensure the project is a positive experience for all.
Despite its size, the assembly plant at BlueOval City is designed to be carbon neutral from the start. Ford is designing a holistic water management system for BlueOval City and aspires to only use fresh water for human consumption. The assembly plant at BlueOval City is designed to achieve a vision of carbon neutrality, zero waste to landfill once fully operational and to meet our air emission goals. The sustainability goals for Ford include becoming carbon neutral globally by 2050, using 100% locally sourced renewable energy for all manufacturing plants globally by 2035 and eliminating single-use plastics from its operations by 2030.
Ford is partnering with the University of Tennessee to make a $16+ million investment in watershed restoration and hands-on STEM education in West Tennessee. When complete, the investment will restore and provide community access to approximately two miles of severely impaired streams and several acres of wetlands along Cub Creek, 40 miles southeast of BlueOval City in Middleton, Tennessee. Restoration work will include stabilizing and rejuvenating two miles of waterway; restoring natural water flow and connectivity to the floodplain; reestablishing creek buffers by planting native hardwood trees and other species; and putting protections in place to restrict livestock and other activities that impair water quality. As part of this investment, Ford is supporting hands-on STEM education at Lone Oaks Farm, which serves K-12 students throughout the Mid-South.
Community has always come first for Ford. As the company’s philanthropic arm, the Ford Fund has been supporting local communities for more than 70 years. Working with nonprofit organizations, community partners and across the Ford network in the U.S. and in 43 countries around the world, we provide resources and opportunities that advance equity and empower people to reach their highest potential. Since 1949, Ford and the Ford Fund have invested more than $2.2 billion in initiatives that ensure basic needs are met, provide access to essential services, offer tools to build new skill sets and open pathways to high-quality jobs.
Yes, Ford has hosted a number of community events where the public can attend to learn more about the projects. Additionally, our construction partners have held multiple subcontractor events. We will continue to host events like these in the future.
Ford is committed to a diverse, local workforce and all orders at BlueOval City and BlueOval SK are competitively bid. Ford is making it a priority to have diverse businesses involved in the massive projects including minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBTQ+- and disability-owned businesses. To date, a large portion of purchase orders for BlueOval City have been placed to Certified Diverse companies. Ford Motor Company’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program was started in 1968 and more than $161 billion has been spent with diverse companies since.