published Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

VW ushers in new era in U.S. with its Chattanooga plant

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen's Chairman of the Board of Management, answers media questions Tuesday at the Volkswagen Grand Opening Press Conference at the VW production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. At right is former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, currently Chief of Staff to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen's Chairman of the Board of Management, answers media questions Tuesday at the Volkswagen Grand Opening Press Conference at the VW production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. At right is former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, currently Chief of Staff to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam

Volkswagen today ushered in a new era in the United States as the automaker officially inaugurated its Chattanooga assembly plant.

Also Volkswagen officials opened the door for possible future models to be produced at the $1 billion factory.

“Volkswagen is at home in America like never before,” said Michael Macht, Volkswagen’s board member in charge of worldwide production.

Macht said the Chattanooga plant has a critical role to play in rapidly growing VW sales in America.

Frank Fischer, who heads VW’s local operations, said the company wants to expand its supplier park next to the plant. “There’s plenty of room for more suppliers,” he said.

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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