Michigan Economic Development Officer: State Did Not Bid “Actively” for New Ford Plants

Ford on Monday announced plans to invest $ 7 billion and create nearly 11,000 jobs to build electric vehicles and batteries at two sites in Tennessee and Kentucky.

A 3,600-acre “mega campus” manufacturing site northeast of Memphis, called Blue Oval City, will be Ford’s first new vehicle assembly plant in more than half a century.

The mega campus manufacturing site, which is slated to begin assembling the next-generation F-Series electric pickup trucks by 2025, will be about three times the size of Ford’s century-old Red Complex in Dearborn, according to the automaker.

Ford CEO Jim Farley said Detroit News that the automaker has considered sites in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee to build the new factories.

The Kentucky Legislature earlier this month approved a $ 410 million economic development program to attract projects exceeding $ 2 billion, the Associated Press reported. The $ 5.8 billion Ford Project will likely be the recipient of some of these funds, but it’s unclear how many. The state of Tennessee will back Ford’s planned $ 5.6 billion Memphis-area investment with $ 500 million in incentives, according to a Johnson City Press report.

Messer praised Ford’s new investment in producing all-electric, battery-powered vehicles in other states.

“Anytime a business born in your state can once again demonstrate leadership on a global scale in electrification, you rejoice,” Messer said. “Of course we would love to have all of Ford’s investments in Michigan, but this is just an announcement. Ford remains a vital part of the Michigan business community.”

Messer said he “will continue to have huge business with Ford right here in Michigan.”

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