Volkswagen, state leaders announce expansion plans in Chattanoog

Volkswagen, state leaders announce expansion plans in Chattanooga

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"It happens because of a work force that's world class and a community that cares so let me thank you on behalf of the state Tennessee," said Governor Bill Haslam. "It happens because of a work force that's world class and a community that cares so let me thank you on behalf of the state Tennessee," said Governor Bill Haslam.

By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


CHATTANOOGA (WATE) - The announcement of Volkswagen expanding its plant in Chattanooga means thousands of new jobs for the area. 
VW will be building its new mid sized SUV at the expanded facility.

It's "a happy day" indeed as one Volkswagen America leader put it for his colleagues, state leaders, and the people of East Tennessee. VW announced they would be expanding their production facilities to build a new mid sized SUV and a research and development center that would create 2,000 jobs in the area. 

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"That commitment is real and proof that we are here to stay," said Christian Koch, VW Chattanooga Plant Manager. 

VW America officials say the investment will be about $600 million into Tennessee. 


"I moved to Chattanooga to find a job and fell in love with the city, so I'm excited that we're bringing more people here," said Jessica Bagwell of Chattanooga.

Originally, the expansion was only supposed to bring in 1,350 jobs, but the research aspect increased that number. 


"It happens because of a work force that's world class and a community that cares so let me thank you on behalf of the state Tennessee," said Governor Bill Haslam. 

Governor Haslam pointed out that the 2,000 jobs coming from this VW expansion aren't necessarily the most important thing to focus on. Haslam says the jobs following this expansion are what's going to be most beneficial for this community and the entire state.

"Thank you for making for making this tremendous investment in the hometown and state that I'm from," said Sen. Bob Corker.

The news is convincing some in the area to even consider a new VW. 

If it's made in Chattanooga, we love buying local here. So maybe I'll buy a VW SUV, we'll see," said Bagwell. 

Volkswagen America leaders say with this expansion, they're hoping to sell 800,000 cars a year. They also mentioned that there could be more in the works, but didn't get into specific details.



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