Germans Have Arrived in Chattanooga

February 26, 2009
A delegation of the big wigs from Germany, a delegation of Lower Saxony including the former Minister of Economics, Labor and Transport, Walter Hirche, have dropped in to take a quick peek at the progress made so far at the new Volkswagen factory going up in Tennessee.  That's a pretty high-brow group for a construction site.  The group from Germany is an important visit as they hold about 20% of Volkswagen and are looking to establish some new partnerships in the area as well as encourage American businesses to put down some roots in the old world.

They were quite happy about the progress at the site and gave the local workers and surrounding community additional faith that Volkswagen is committed to the area.  Concrete is being poured now and they expect to have their paint booth built and ready to start putting the machinery in place by next year.  This isn't a normal paint booth--as it's about the size of a Wal-Mart SuperCenter and will be almost entirely automated.

Chattanooga is the site for Volkswagen's new plant to build their New Mid-Size Sedan, and it will employ 2,000 people when up and running in early 2011 and should also create up to 10,000 indirect jobs in the area.  The plant will be capable of pushing out 150,000 shiny new VWs annually and the plan is to spit out 30% of those cars running clean-burning TDI diesels.  We can't wait to see them start rolling out but in the meantime there are a pretty decent selection of diesel Volkswagens which you can learn quite a bit about over at

[Source: WTVC]

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