Ford Building New Plants in Southeast US

Chris Teague | Sep 29, 2021

Ford Motor Company is just one of several global automakers planning heavy investments in electric vehicles (EVs) and battery technologies this decade. However, as outlined in a recent announcement, the Blue Oval brand, as Ford is affectionately known, is taking significant steps forward and creating thousands of jobs in the process. Ford and its partners will build enormous development and production facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky to support its electric vehicle manufacturing and sales goals.

Ford Blue Oval City EV and Battery Manufacturing Plant

The two facilities are part of a joint venture between the automaker and SK Innovation, a battery supplier. Called BlueOvalSK, the partnership will generate an investment of $11.4 billion and around 11,000 jobs between the two states. The South Korean company also has two facilities in Kentucky that are slated to open in 2022 and 2023.

The larger of the two sites is planned for Stanton, TN, called Blue Oval City. Ford says the campus will be one of the largest auto manufacturing sites in U.S. history. The 3,600-acre campus will take up nearly six square miles and house approximately 6,000 jobs once operational. The west Tennessee site will build Ford’s electric F-Series pickup trucks and handle advanced battery production.

Ford says its goal is to consolidate vehicle assembly, battery production, and supplier operations on one campus, lowering its costs and reducing the carbon footprint associated with the manufacturing process. The site will incorporate more sustainability processes in the future, including using renewable energy, such as geothermal and solar power.

Ford’s Kentucky facility will open in Glendale, KY, in 2025. BlueOvalSK Battery Park will house 5,000 jobs across two co-located battery plants. The facilities will produce a combined 86 gigawatt-hours annually, which will power both Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the future.

Ford’s investment of $7 billion puts it at the forefront of automaker spending in the U.S., as it’s the largest-ever single commitment by dollar amount in the country’s history. The automaker will invest a total of $30 billion through 2025 and targets an EV goal of 40 to 50 percent of its total global vehicle volume by 2030. As part of that, Ford is spending a total of $525 million on training its technicians to service the next-generation, connected electric vehicles.

Ford is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on September 29, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

Explore new car previews
2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty Preview
2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty Preview
F-Series Super Duty trucks got what they needed for the 2023 model year. Ford announced a more powerful line of heavy-duty trucks with a load of available new tech, great standard safety features, and unique upfits to make the trucks more appropriate for specific industries.
Read the full review
2023 Honda Pilot Preview
2023 Honda Pilot Preview
The fourth-generation 2023 Honda Pilot is about to go on sale, and Honda substantially upgrades it over the popular third-generation model it replaces. Honda will offer the redesigned 2023 Pilot in Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring, and Elite trim levels in December 2022.
Read the full review
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Preview
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Preview
Ram used the 2022 State Fair of Texas to show off its new 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel, a beefy off-road truck that retains its work-truck capabilities. It brings hardcore off-road upgrades such as an electronic-locking rear differential and a rear limited-slip differential.
Read the full review
Read all articles


Scroll to the top
New Car Preview
2023 BMW X7 Preview
Most Dependable
2019 Vehicle Dependability: Most Dependable Luxury Coupes and Convertibles
Most Popular
10 Most Popular Large SUVs and Crossovers
New Model Update
New for 2019: Hyundai
New Car Preview
2023 Kia EV6 GT Preview
More related
articles