published Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Tennessee listed as top state for automobile manufacturing strength

Annette Reeves works in the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.
Annette Reeves works in the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.
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For the third consecutive year, Business Facilities magazine ranked Tennessee as the top state for automobile manufacturing strength.

"VW is ramping up production at its new plant in Chattanooga, Nissan is rolling out the all-electric Leaf in Smyrna and General Motors has given a new mission to the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill," said Jack Rogers, editor-in-chief for Business Facilities magazine. "The Volunteer State is putting the pedal to the metal as our undisputed automotive king."

Kentucky is No. 2, followed by South Carolina.

Source: Business Facilities magazine ranking of states for automobile manufacturing strength for 2012. The complete list will be released Monday.

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