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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Construction has begun on buildings on the future site of a factory where Ford and a South Korean company have joined forces to build electric trucks and battery packs in rural West Tennessee, officials said Friday. responsible.

Ford Motor Co. said it broke ground on steel structures in Stanton, Tenn., located about 80 miles northeast of Memphis.

Last year, Ford announced a $5.6 billion plan to build F-Series electric pickup trucks on the 3,600-acre (1,460-hectare) parcel of land known as the Memphis Regional Megasite.

The project, called BlueOval City, is a joint venture with SK Innovation, which will build battery factories at the Tennessee site and in Glendale, Kentucky.

In West Tennessee, the project is expected to boost the economies of several counties. Ford plans to employ about 6,000 workers at the plant, while the construction of the plant and the arrival of Ford suppliers will create thousands of additional jobs.

Crews already began ground leveling operations at the site in March, but Friday’s announcement marks a key milestone in the construction of the current plant. Ford said it plans to start production by 2025.

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