Bob Corker: Opportunity to double size of Chattanooga VW plant

Bob Corker: Opportunity to double size of Chattanooga VW plant

February 22nd, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

The Chattanooga Volkswagen plant is seen in this aerial photograph taken in March 2012.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Bob Corker

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

An opportunity exists to double the size of Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said here today.

Corker said that while there are tariff issues regarding trade with other nations to overcome, Volkswagen has gained market share in the U.S.

"Some of the products they're looking at are mostly products sold in the U.S.," he said after a discussion with about 150 business people and others.

Local Volkswagen officials have said they're trying to get a new sport utility vehicle built in Chattanooga.

Corker said there hasn't been any decision made on new production, but "I know at some point, whether it's the next product they announce or the one after, I believe with every cell of my body that the rest of the facility will be utilized."

See Saturday's Times Free Press for full story.