STANTON, Tenn. — At 3,600 acres, Ford Motor Co.'s BlueOval City manufacturing campus here will dwarf even the sprawling Rouge Complex in Michigan.
The centerpiece of the site, a 4-million-square-foot assembly plant that will produce a next-generation electric pickup, will be the largest Ford has ever built. But it could have been even bigger.
Ford said the $5.6 billion project, expected to come online in 2025 with an annual capacity of 500,000 electric vehicles, will have a 30 percent smaller footprint than other plants with similar capacity. That's because the company, for the first time in recent memory, is designing both a plant and its product simultaneously, and is building in efficiencies that don't exist at other sites.