VW Chattanooga plant expansion will have an economic benefit acr

VW Chattanooga plant expansion will have an economic benefit across East Tenn.

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Officials in Roane County are pleased with the news of an expansion at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga since Roane County is home to a Volkswagen distribution center. Officials in Roane County are pleased with the news of an expansion at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga since Roane County is home to a Volkswagen distribution center.
The expansion is not only a boost to the economy in Chattanooga, as the $600 million investment for the expansion is expected to be have an impact across East Tennessee. The expansion is not only a boost to the economy in Chattanooga, as the $600 million investment for the expansion is expected to be have an impact across East Tennessee.
“We will have citizens in Roane County who will probably drive to the Chattanooga facility to work,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody. “We will have citizens in Roane County who will probably drive to the Chattanooga facility to work,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.
“For the distribution center here, we are hopeful it's going to lead to expansion and more good paying jobs for Roane countians here at this facility,” said Wade Creswell. “For the distribution center here, we are hopeful it's going to lead to expansion and more good paying jobs for Roane countians here at this facility,” said Wade Creswell.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - Officials in Roane County are pleased with the news of an expansion at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga since Roane County is home to a Volkswagen distribution center.

Related story: Volkswagen announces it will build midsize SUV in Chattanooga, adding 2,000 jobs

The expansion is not only a boost to the economy in Chattanooga, as the $600 million investment for the expansion is expected to be have an impact across East Tennessee. Individuals dedicated to the growth of economic development say the expansion means more dollars and cents will be flowing through the region.

A new Volkswagen midsize SUV is expected to roll off the assembly line in Chattanooga in 2016. Volkswagen has invested $600 million into the region to fund the plant expansion. 2,000 jobs will be created at the Chattanooga plant.

Roane County Executive Ron Woody says Volkswagen may hire people from our area.

“We will have citizens in Roane County who will probably drive to the Chattanooga facility to work,” said Woody.

Woody says the added 2,000 jobs at VW may mean future job openings at some businesses across East Tennessee.

“As people are employed, even in some of the other counties, you have competition for some jobs whether it's at Volkswagen or whether Volkswagen is hiring from other industries and they have openings,” said Woody.

The Chattanooga plant won't be the only facility adding jobs due to the expansion.

“For the distribution center here, we are hopeful it's going to lead to expansion and more good paying jobs for Roane countians here at this facility,” said Wade Creswell.

Creswell is the CEO of the Roane Alliance an organization dedicated to improving economic development in Roane County. The organization campaigned for the Volkswagen Distribution Center to be built in Roane County.

Creswell says around 40 people are employed at the center. With the new SUV being built in Chattanooga dozens of new jobs are expected to be added over the next few years to meet demand.

“As the market share increases for Volkswagen in our area it would also lead to more capacity needed to support those service needs,” said Creswell.

Woody says with the expansion, Tennessee is now proving to be a major player in the automotive industry and the state is getting recognized for its business friendly environment.

Production of the new SUV is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2016 with the first vehicles coming off the line by the end of that year.

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