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Where is the project?

Ford Motor Co. did not hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its $5.6 billion BlueOval City project in Haywood County. But that’s not to say there aren’t visible signs of progress on the job site nearly 10 months after the announcement of future electric truck and battery plants at Stanton.

Walbridge — the prime contractor for BlueOval City — officials estimate there are just under 1,000 workers on site at BlueOval City currently, according to a contractor chart. That number is expected to top 2,000 by October with a peak of 5,500 workers on site next summer.

Walbridge provided an update on the project during the state’s virtual economic and community development meeting on Wednesday morning.

Chris Morgan, Walbridge’s vice president of operations, said people passing by the site in September can expect to see “steel skeletons” of the project. Walbridge currently has approximately 135 employees on site at BlueOval City to oversee construction.

Land preparation began in March at Ford Motor Co. and SK On's $5.6 billion BlueOval City project in Stanton.

“If you walked past the site four months ago, it would have been the same as it was in the past,” Morgan said. “Agricultural fields. Trees. The majority of the site has been cleaned and the dirt is moved and balanced. There’s a lot going on.”

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