Gov. Bill Haslam lauds new VW jobs and said Tennessee ready to offer incentives for VW expansion

Gov. Bill Haslam lauds new VW jobs and said Tennessee ready to offer incentives for VW expansion

March 22nd, 2012 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, speaks at a press conference today at Volkswagon's Chattanooga production plant to announce a third shift and addition of 1,000 new jobs in the 2012 year.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today lauded Volkswagen for bringing more jobs to its Chattanooga plant and said the state stands ready to offer incentives to woo an even bigger VW presence.

Haslam said that if Volkswagen adds another production line, or should Audi decide to build a plant in Chattanooga, "we'd love to have that."

The governor said the incentives could come in the form of grants for infrastructure and training and credits for hiring professional workers. Chattanooga has already set aside land in the Enterprise South Industrial Park for another auto plant.

Volkswagen announced today it will create 800 more jobs at its assembly plant by the end of 2012. That will push the company's staff in Chattanooga to 3,500 and raise the plant's production annual production capacity to 170,000 vehicles.

Volkswagen's $1 billion assembly plant in Chattanooga began commercial production of its Passat a year ago. The car was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 2012.

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