Volkswagen and Chattanooga officials today marked the completion of a 23-mile rail system that will move 80 percent of the cars built at the automaker’s local factory to dealers across North America.
“This is another important milestone for Volkswagen’s return to production in North America,” said Frank Fischer, who heads Volkswagen’s Chattanooga operations.
Over $6 million dollars was spent to create what is likely the biggest rail overhaul in and around the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant complex, at least since the Vietnam War and potentially World War 2, officials said.
Volkswagen is slated to launch production of its new Passat later this month.
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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 ...