published Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Gov. Haslam: state is 'talking' to VW about new vehicle production in Chattanooga

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    Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at Volkswagen Chattanooga in this file photo.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today he’s optimistic that Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant can garner a new vehicle.

He said at a visit to the Chattanooga plant that the state and VW officials are talking.

“There has been a lot of back and forth,” the Governor said.

Also, Haslam said he’s willing to meet with top VW labor leaders from Germany about the potential for the plant to be organized by the United Auto Workers.

Haslam has expressed concerns about the UAW effort.

A decision related to a new product for Chattanooga is expected to come later this year.

The Chattanooga factory is competing with a VW facility in Mexico.

For more, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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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