A Chattanooga panel today agreed to a $3 million contract to start prepping a tract of land for potential expansion of the Volkswagen auto assembly plant.
Meanwhile, industry publication Automotive News has reiterated that the Chattanooga factory could be in line to produce a sport utility vehicle in the future. Currently, the plant makes the midsize Passat sedan.
The vacant parcel at Enterprise South industrial park sits next to the plant and has been identified as a site where VW could mirror its existing factory footprint, officials said.
The $3 million contract was awarded by the city’s Industrial Development Board to Wright Brothers Construction Co. to start flipping dirt which had been piled up next to the plant.
City Engineer Bill Payne said about 1 million cubic yards is expected to be moved to prepare the tract.
VW has said that no plant expansion is imminent, but officials have talked about adding to the factory in the future.
See full story in Wednesday’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 ...