published Friday, August 5th, 2011

Tennessee tops nationwide in auto strength

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    A crew of three Volkswagen employees work to load new Passats on railcars in Chattanooga Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
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Tennessee, powered by new investments by Volkswagen and Nissan, won the top spot among states nationally in terms of automotive manufacturing strength, according to a trade publication.

Business Facilities magazine picked the state for the second consecutive year over other auto heavyweights such as Alabama, Michigan and Ohio.

“With new VWs rolling off the assembly line at a world-class, energy-efficient manufacturing facility and top-tier suppliers lining up to set up operations in the Chattanooga area, Tennessee has cemented its position as the top automotive powerhouse in the U.S.,” said Jack Rogers, the magazine’s editor-in-chief.

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about Mike Pare...

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 ...

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