Volkswagen Group of America Continues Further Investment in Tennessee

Volkswagen Group of America Continues Further Investment in Tennessee 
Automaker Opens LEED Silver-Certified Re-Distribution Facility in
Roane County to Support Continued Growth in the United States 
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/25/13 --  Volkswagen Group of
America, Inc. (VWGoA) today celebrated the grand opening of a $40
million Southeast Regional Distribution Center (SERDC) in Roane
County, Tenn. The 459,000-plus square-foot facility will be used for
distributing domestic auto parts to global markets for the
Chattanooga-made Passat.  
Addressing the need for increased infrastructure, the Regional
Distribution Center facility will begin as a redistribution center to
service warehouses and will later expand to include a parts
distribution center. The redistribution Master Depot will support the
U.S., Canada, Mexico and Germany. The parts distribution operation
will help improve service parts order delivery times to over 110
dealers in the surrounding regions.  
"This new facility serves as tangible proof of the clear commitment
that Volkswagen Group of America has to meeting the needs of our
dealers and our growing customer base," said Anu Goel, Vice President
of Parts and Vehicle Logistics, Volkswagen Group of America. "Our
continued investment in the U.S. market affirms that Volkswagen Group
of America is dedicated to the communities in which we do business." 
Highlighting its commitment to the North American market, Volkswagen
Group plans to invest more than $5 billion in North America over the
next three years in new products, technologies and infrastructure
aimed at helping the company reach its long-term goals for the
"I want to thank Volkswagen for this new facility and all that it
means to Roane County and Tennessee," said Tennessee Governor Bill
Haslam. "Focusing on growth in existing companies is an important
part of our strategy, and we appreciate the additional investment in
our state."  
"I am proud to be here today to celebrate Volkswagen's $40 million
global distribution center in Roane County, and want to thank the
auto company for investing in our community," said Roane County
Executive Ron Woody. "Our residents here are friendly, and our
workforce energized and loyal. Volkswagen's choice of Roane County
was not only a good choice, but the right choice." 
A vital part of VWGoA's long-term growth commitment involves serving
the needs of retail networks and consumers. VWGoA operates five parts
warehouses in the United States, the new location is a critical
addition to the network and its strategic location in the Southeast
will help ensure the ability to distribute parts faster and better
serve the needs of our customers. 
Volkswagen's Think Blue. environmental sustainability efforts have
enabled the warehouse to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) silver certification. The building's eco-conscious
features include superior insulation, water efficient landscaping,
and sourcing regional materials in construction.  
The Southeast Regional Distribution Center marks Volkswagen's fifth
building in the United States to achieve LEED certification and the
first among Volkswagen's warehouses. The others include Volkswagen's
Headquarters in Herndon, Va.; the Volkswagen Chattanooga
Manufacturing Factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Volkswagen's Electronic
Research Lab (ERL) in Belmont, Calif.; and Volkswagen's Test Center
California (TCC) in Oxnard, Calif. 
As part of the grand opening celebration, Volkswagen Group of America
announced a $2,500 donation to the Roane County Alliance's Education
Matters! initiative, which supports local students and promotes
opportunities for post-secondary education.  
About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 
 Volkswagen Group of
America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of
the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker
in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga,
Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of
distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti,
Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in
1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va. Volkswagen Group
of America brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of
engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering
attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive
and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has
approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its
vehicles through a 950-strong dealer network.  
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