Volkswagen may be planning to expand its Chattanooga production space to make room for 180,000 to 200,000 units a year — including a new crossover and ultimately for Audi and Porsche vehicles, the Times Free Press reports.
Feb 24, 2011 7:22 AM
Executives from Volkswagen's Chattanooga Operations will head to the home country next week to attend the IZB suppliers fair. They're taking with them a group of state and local officials looking to make connections with manufacturers from around the world.
"More than two years ago we started our project and the key focus from the beginning was to achieve a high US Dollar sourcing share, which we were successful in doing. In the second step, we tried to involve more local business from here in the Chattanooga and Tennessee area and we encouraged worldwide cooperating contractors to involve local business. That was successful with the construction of the factory and we had more than 50% of local companies involved. "In the third step, we are going even further and this will involve making our US and Canadian suppliers more visible to the decision makers that will be attending the IZB in Wolfsburg," Fischer said.Representatives from the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are sending representatives. SEE ALSO: More renderings released this morning of the sedan that will be made in Chattanooga
Sep 30, 2010 12:20 PM
Volkswagen has tapped Jonathan Browning to lead its American operations, including the Chattanooga manufacturing plant that will begin churning out sedans a year from now. The 51-year-old has spent time at General Motors and Ford.
“We’ve got a good start, but we’re also very firmly with our feet planted on the ground,” Browning told reporters today at a news conference in Washington. “We know we’ve got a lot of work to do with a lot of facets of the business. We have still not passed our 1970s sales record.”
Sep 14, 2010 7:47 AM
The auto maker's Chattanooga HR chief says his team is building a system to handle 100,000 job applications for the less than 2,000 it expects to begin bringing on early next year. SEE ALSO: VW of America boss Stefan Jacoby talks to The Detroit News about VW's plans, including how it will fix a brand that "got a little bit lost."
Aug 13, 2009 11:36 AM
The apparently opportunistic German auto maker says it has expanded the plans for its Chattanooga factory to 2.4 million square feet, 13 percent larger than their previous version. That will expand the company's production capacity to 900 vehicles a day, almost 40 percent more than initial projections.
“This is great timing,” Frank Fischer, who will run the plant, said yesterday in an interview at the site as he prepared for the project’s wall-raising ceremony. “Construction prices are down and the availability of resources is immense.”
May 15, 2009 7:01 AM
From the Free Press:
In a time of smaller business investment nationwide, Tennessee is leading the country in landing the biggest business deals. Among the top 10 biggest business announcements in North America last year, two were in Tennessee, according to the annual report of such deals by Site Selection magazine. The $1 billion Volkswagen auto assembly plant in Chattanooga announced in July and the $1.2 billion Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. polysilicon plant, which will make solar-panel components, in Clarksville, Tenn., announced in December were among only $3 billion business deals on the Site Selection list for 2008.
May 11, 2009 8:09 AM