Chattanooga: Panel OKs VW work

Chattanooga: Panel OKs VW work

June 30th, 2009 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Construction of Volkswagen's auto assembly plant in Chattanooga continues to accelerate with a pair of projects moving ahead, officials said today.

An Illinois company has won a $3.64 million contract to do electrical work on the heating and cooling building for Volkswagen's planned auto assembly plant.

Schneider Electrical Inc. of Palatine, Ill., was awarded the contract by the city's Industrial Development Board.

City Engineer Bill Payne said the company has an office in Nashville that will perform much of the work and Lawson Electric locally is expected to be a subcontractor on the project.

Meanwhile, Steve Leach, Chattanooga's public works administrator, said the city has begun talks with Gestamp Corp., the first tier one supplier to land in Hamilton County.

"We've started discussions about the project," Mr. Leach said about the layout of the $90 million plant that is to go up near the VW plant site at Enterprise South industrial park and employ over 200 people within three years.