VW Grows Big(ger) in Tennessee

“We have made a commitment to this market, both in terms of products and investment.

“We have made a commitment to this market, both in terms of products and investment. Our original commitment to invest $4-billion into the U.S. market continues to grow, with a parts depot announced last week and now another further commitment to employment here in Chattanooga,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.

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He was referencing the fact that the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant has put the call out for people to fill 800 new jobs at its Tennessee manufacturing plant, which was open in May 2011 and produces the award-winning Passat. Earlier this year, the company announced it was looking for 200 people for the plant, so that means that there have been want ads for 1,000 people by VW. VW had anticipated having 2,000 people working at the Chattanooga plant. Now they’ll be going to over 3,000.

The parts depot he referred to is a 400,000-sq. ft., $40-million facility that is to be opened next year.

To say Passat sales are skyrocketing would be to understate the case. In February 2011, the company sold 56 of them in the U.S. Last month, they sold 8,189.

Seems like the plant in Tennessee is an exceedingly good idea.