Volkswagen officials today said that hiring has passed the 1,000th employee mark.
“The work force provided by Chattanooga and Hamilton County had the right skills,” said Hans-Herbert Jagla, executive vice president of human resources for VW’s Chattanooga operations.
VW now employs 1,016 people, 324 of them production workers from Hamilton County.
VW said 99 percent of production workers are Hamilton County residents.
Hiring will continue through 2011 as the plant reaches production, VW officials said.
Plans are to hire more than 2,000 employees for the plant that will assembly the automaker’s new midsize sedan as VW plans to expand its presence in the American auto market.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...