Ford Recently Broke Ground on BlueOval City and Some Are Feeling Grumpy About It

Chris Teague
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ford recently broke ground on blueoval city and some are feeling grumpy about it

Ford is spending more time and money than many other automakers to transform itself into an electric automaker. But while The Blue Oval has received more than a few high-fives for its progress, not everyone is stoked about its approach to reaching its goals.

Ford recently broke ground on BlueOval City in Tennessee, half of a planned two-site solution to producing batteries and developing new electric vehicles. The move frustrated officials in its hometown of Detroit over fears that the auto giant was moving its operations south. At the same time, people in small-town Stanton, Tennessee, are feeling a little overwhelmed with the massive hustle and bustle that comes when a significant automaker opens up shop nearby.

Ford’s moves raised eyebrows in Motor City, as the automaker has given no assurance that its new facilities will employ union labor. In Ford’s defense, however, Tennessee offered the land it desperately needed to grow a thriving and competitive EV business. Labor costs are also lower in Tennessee, which will save Ford a fortune once the site is fully staffed with thousands of employees. 

While some are apprehensive, many see opportunity in the shift. Ford wants outreach to communities of color and has developed specialized training programs for rollout in the state’s high schools and tech colleges. Some schools are coaching students on the best skills they can develop to get a job with the automaker. At the same time, Ford is rolling out the red carpet in the community to find applicants and communicate with residents.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 16, 2022

    "the automaker has given no assurance that its new facilities will employ union labor"

    And ultimately, Ford may be selling from company stores instead of dealers.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Nov 16, 2022

    Who needs unions now that most everything that matters on health and safety has a federal agency to oversee. I know unions are one political party's slush fund. Another reason to end them.

    • See 4 previous
    • EBFlex EBFlex on Nov 17, 2022

      "I think the anti-union people on here live in some Qanon-influenced, Ayn-Randian world where they sincerely believe that the government delivers absolutely nothing for the public good. They're perfectly fine with a public education system that produces students who can't read a tape measure and overall are sorely lacking in numeracy."

      Please point to any evidence of one person here intimating any of that nonsense.

      " If things go as we hope, ebFlexovich's samovar should end up in Kyiv. We can only hope."

      Im unaware of the reference you are failing to make. But would you like to comment on the Ukraine attacking Poland? Shouldn't that invoke Article 4?

  • Teddyc73 Teddyc73 on Nov 17, 2022

    "Ford is spending more time and money than many other automakers to transform itself into an electric automaker." Even though the case has not been made that they are a viable altrernative to gasoline powered cars. They are also detrimental to the environment and to costly. But hey, thanks to out of control Democrat politicians you're going buy one whether you like it or not.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Nov 17, 2022

    Mike Farley just publicly said that building EV's will cause a 40% reduction in labor to build electric vehicles. He also said they want to bring most of the supplier work in house and keep that labour. He even went on to say unionized labour is welcome.

    That sounds very newsworthy to investigate.