Five years ago Volkswagen revealed that it picked Chattanooga as the site of its only U.S. auto assembly plant.
"It's very gratifying to think back on the past five years and the amazing work that our team members have done to make this project an unqualified success," said Frank Fischer, who heads the local plant's operations, in a statement. "But now we've reached the end of the beginning and we will move forward into new challenges and new successes."
The announcement led to construction of the world's only LEED Platinum certified factory, the hiring of over 2,500 people, the introduction of the all-new American Passat, which went on to win the 2012 Motor Trend magazine Car of the Year award, and the full ramp-up of the factory that led to production of more than 150,000 Passats in 2012.
"I'm proud to congratulate Volkswagen on their success over the last five years and could not be more gratified by the tremendous job creation that has occurred in Tennessee as a result of their investment," said Tennessee Sen. and former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker.