Construction workers continue to make visible progress building out Ford Motor Co.’s future BlueOval City campus in Haywood County.
As 2022 closes, Ford has released some more stats on construction at BlueOval City using well-known tourist attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and Hoover Dam to indicate where the project stands. Workers have:
Moved enough soil to fill the Hoover Dam in Nevada twice.
Laid 800,000 tons of stone, equal to the weight of 3,555 Statues of Liberty.
Installed 7,500 deep foundations that when put end to end total five round trips to the peak of Mount Everest. (A deep foundation is approximately 60 feet long and is used to stabilize the building.)
Poured enough concrete to fill the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga 29 times.
Erected 18,000 tons of steel, equal to the weight of 18 cargo ships.
The 3,600-plus acre campus will include an Electric Vehicle Center and BlueOval SK battery plant. Detroit-based company Walbridge is the general contractor on BlueOval City and is overseeing construction.
Ford and joint venture partner SK On plan to create 5,800 jobs and invest $5.6 billion in the project located about 40 miles away from Memphis. Production onsite is scheduled to begin in 2025.
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Omer Yusuf covers the Ford project in Haywood County, residential real estate and tourism for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached via email Omer.Yusuf@commercialappeal.com or followed on Twitter @OmerAYusuf.