published Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Berke, Coppinger in Germany wooing Volkswagen expansion today

A Volkswagen Passat moves through the assembly line at the Chattanooga manufacturing plant. The company is working to gain another model for production at the $1 billion facility.
A Volkswagen Passat moves through the assembly line at the Chattanooga manufacturing plant. The company is working to gain another model for production at the $1 billion facility.
Photo by John Rawlston.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger are in Germany today seeking an expansion to Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, an official said today.

Ron Harr, chief executive of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, said the two men were not able to attend the Mayor's Industry Appreciation Breakfast today because of their travel schedule.

"This is a step in the process" of landing more Volkswagen production, Harr said. "We said, 'bon voyage.'"

Volkswagen is discussing the possibility of producing a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga.

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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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