Volkswagen's Audi luxury-car unit said today it will put up its first North American factory in Mexico.
"As an established car-making location, Mexico offers an excellent economic basis for Audi production operations," said Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management for Audi AG, in a statement.
The exact location for the new plant, which will manufacture a sport utility vehicle starting in 2016, will be chosen by Audi later this year, the company said in a press release.
Chattanooga and Tennessee economic developers had sought to have the factory built at Enterprise South industrial park near the existing VW plant.
However, state Economic and Community Development chief Bill Hagerty told the Times Free Press last week that a trade issue hurt the state’s chances. The Audi announcement appeared to confirm that assessment.
"Good infrastructure, competitive cost structures and existing free trade agreements played a significant role in the choice of Mexico," said Stadler.
For more, see Thursday’s Times Free Press.
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 ...