Volkswagen Chattanooga Celebrates 5th Anniversary
CHATTANOOGA, TN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/13 -- Today marks the
fifth anniversary of the day that civic and government officials
gathered with Volkswagen executives at the Hunter Museum in downtown
Chattanooga to announce the decision to build an automobile
manufacturing facility in this emergent mid-sized Southern city.
Much has happened since that time -- the construction of the world's
only LEED Platinum certified factory, the hiring of over 2,500 people
with a passion for detail in manufacturing excellence, the
introduction of the all-new Passat, which went on to win the 2012
Motor Trend magazine Car of the Year award and the full ramp-up of
the factory that led to production of more than 150,000 Passats in
"It's very gratifying to think back on the past five years and the
amazing work that our team members have done to make this project an
unqualified success," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen
Chattanooga. "But now we've reached the end of the beginning and we
will move forward into new challenges and new successes," Fischer
"I'm proud to congratulate Volkswagen on their success over the last
five years and could not be more gratified by the tremendous job
creation that has occurred in Tennessee as a result of their
investment," said Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.
"The Chattanooga-Volkswagen relationship has proven to be the ideal
marriage, bringing together a central location, a strong Chattanooga
workforce -- and all of this in a state driven by pro-growth policies
that welcome, rather than discourage, business," said Senator Lamar
A recent University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) research study
showed that Volkswagen Chattanooga had created 12,400 full-time jobs,
is responsible for $643.1 million in annual income and has attracted
17 supplier companies to the area. The study also reported that all
jobs paid directly by Volkswagen Chattanooga earn on average $50,000
annually, which includes bonus and overtime.
"Since Volkswagen made the bold decision to invest over $1 billion to
build Volkswagen Chattanooga, over 250,000 award-winning Passats have
been produced and the LEED Platinum certified factory has become a
blueprint for Volkswagen manufacturing facilities worldwide," said
Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.
"We would like to applaud the employees for their commitment and
thank the city of Chattanooga and the State of Tennessee for
welcoming us with open arms," Browning said.
"Since Volkswagen announced it was coming to Chattanooga, we've seen
five years of incredible growth from the company, and we look forward
many more productive years ahead," Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
said. "I want to especially thank the hard-working Tennesseans at the
Chattanooga plant for turning out the high quality products that have
been such an important part of the success we've seen."
"Volkswagen's success is Hamilton County's success!" said Jim
Coppinger, Hamilton County Mayor. "Volkswagen has far exceeded its
commitment to this community and our expectations. Volkswagen's
investment in Hamilton County has triggered millions of dollars in
additional development in the Enterprise South Supplier Park and
beyond. When I travel, I get great satisfaction seeing a Passat on
the road, knowing it was made in Hamilton County," Coppinger said.
This year Volkswagen Chattanooga also opened the largest single solar
installation at an automotive manufacturing facility in the United
States and the biggest solar installation in the state of Tennessee.
The solar park occupies 33 acres and contains 33,600 solar modules to
produce 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity per year -- equivalent to
the energy consumed annually by around 1,200 homes in the area.
"The positive impact of Volkswagen's presence in Chattanooga is
incredible and cannot be understated. It has helped transform us both
internally as a city and externally in how Chattanooga is viewed by
the rest of the country and world," said Chattanooga Mayor Andy
"Volkswagen has had a transformative effect on Chattanooga," said Ron
Harr, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber. "From
environmental stewardship to leading the resurgence in American
manufacturing, Volkswagen helped us build on efforts we've been
working on for years while spotlighting our community world-wide."
About Volkswagen Chattanooga
Volkswagen has invested $1 billion in the local economy for the
Chattanooga plant and has created more than 5,000 jobs in the region.
According to independent studies, the Volkswagen plant is expected to
generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs
related to its investment. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility
builds the all-new 2012 Passat Sedan, specifically designed for the
North American market and winner of the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car
of the Year award. In 2012, it produced more than 152,400 Volkswagen
Passats. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first and still only car
factory worldwide with a LEED Platinum certification. It is also
certified according to ISO 14001 for its environmental management
system and according to ISO 50001 for its energy management system.
Once again, Kelly Blue Book named the Passat to the KBB.com 10 Best
New Sedans Under $25,000 in July of 2013.
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Scott Neal Wilson
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