Construction prep is well underway at the Ford BlueOval City site in Tennessee, where the automaker will produce EV batteries and vehicles including an as-yet-unnamed next-generation electric Ford F-Series model that will ride on its own dedicated platform. In addition to providing an economic boost and thousands of jobs for that particular part of the country, construction at BlueOval City remains on track as worker headcount is set to double in the coming months. Now, a few months after Ford CEO Jim Farley revealed that a second all-electric pickup is on the way, the automaker has confirmed that production of a new F-Series EV is also on schedule to begin at BlueOval City in 2025, as originally planned, according to Action News 5.
There was some concern that ongoing worker shortages may present a problem not only in terms of contractors’ ability to hire enough people to build BlueOval City, but also that Ford will be able to staff it with a planned 6,000 workers. However, that doesn’t appear to be an issue as of now.
“Obviously, we have a lot of work to make sure we have all the people we need to support the things we have going on,” said director Ermal Faulkner. “But we think these are going to be really, really good jobs that people are going to want. We have a lot of excitement coming at us.”
“It’s going to affect the entire West Tennessee region,” added Brownsville Mayor William Rawls said. “We’re looking at ancillary jobs, tier one, tier two factories that are going to change the atmosphere. West Tennessee will never be the same again. The population growth, the quality of life that we’re seeing and the jobs that are coming into our community are just amazing.”