VW hits 2,000 workers at Chattanooga plant

photo Annette Reeves works at the Volkswagen plant in this file photo.

Volkswagen has hired its 2,000th employee at its Chattanooga auto assembly plant, the company said today.

Amanda Sullivan of Cleveland, Tenn., was the 2,000th employee to be hired. She is a production team member in training to work in the assembly shop, according to the automaker.

Hiring will continue through early fall at which time there will be about 2,300 employees at the facility, officials said.

"The Volkswagen Chattanooga team is highly motivated, ultra-professional and takes great pride in the 2012 Passat that we build," said Frank Fischer, VW's chief executive in Chattanooga. "We have the right people in place and they are committed to the highest quality standards each and every day."

Hans Herbert Jagla, executive vice president for human resources in Chattanooga, said officials are "very excited to have hired our 2,000th employee and to have reached this milestone which fulfills our promise to Chattanooga and Hamilton County."

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