Manufacturing comeback brings hope for Chattanooga region

photo Daniel Hudson, an employee at Kalenborn Technologies, smoothes the edges of a piece of metal at the Soddy-Daisy facility. Kalenborn Technologies fabricates steel for stairs, handrails, and other items and is planning to bring in new manufacturing business from Illinois.

PLANNED JOB ADDITIONS• Volkswagen, 800 more jobs in Chattanooga• Wacker Chemical, 450 more jobs in Bradley County• Mann+Hammel USA, 150 jobs in Dunlap• Whirlpool, 130 more jobs in Cleveland• Alstom Power, 120 more jobs in Chattanooga• GE Roper, 100 more jobs in LaFayette, Ga.• Duracell, 60 more jobs in ClevelandRECENT ADDITIONS• Volkswagen, 2,700 jobs since 2008• Alstom Power, 230 jobs since 2009• Wacker Chemical, 200 jobs since 2010• Wrigley, 120 jobs since 2010