Chattanooga seating company to create 190 jobs in $5.4 million expansion

Steven Salvatore, right, with Chattanooga Seating Systems, talks with Ian Davies with Volkswagen on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at a Volkswagen minority purchasing and trade show at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga.

Volkswagen supplier Chattanooga Seating Systems will expand its existing facility, invest $5.4 million and create 190 more jobs, officials said today.

Chattanooga Seating is a joint venture of Magna Seating and Hollingsworth Logistics.

"On this expansion project we have been fortunate to work with many talented and committed people at the state and local level who understand our business and help achieve common goals," Hollingsworth Logistics CEO Stephen Barr said in a statement.

Chattanooga Seating will expand its current facility in Chattanooga, located in the Volkswagen supplier park near the automaker's plant.

With this expansion, the company will be updating the facility to make room for new equipment. Chattanooga Seating will also be adding additional space to the facility by utilizing an unoccupied building near its current facility.

"When companies like Chattanooga Seating choose to expand their existing businesses here, it speaks to our business-friendly climate and continues to establish Tennessee as a worldwide leader in the automotive sector," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.

Randy Boyd, who heads the Tennessee Department Economic and Community Development, said Tennessee employs more in the automotive sector than any other state in the Southeast.

See more in Thursday's Times Free Press.