Volkswagen Chattanooga cancels shifts amid supply chain issues

Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors applaud during the launch celebration for the Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant on Oct. 14.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga production plant canceled second and third shifts Friday and Saturday as the factory deals with supply chain issues, an official said.

"COVID restrictions hindered the manufacture of auto parts globally, and the supply chain has not yet fully recovered. That, coupled with high demand for vehicles right now, has continued to cause supply chain disruptions," plant spokesperson Amanda Plecas said in an email.

Normal production will resume Monday at the plant that employs 5,000 workers, she said.

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Plecas said the reduced production at VW Chattanooga isn't connected to the United Auto Workers strike against some Ford, General Motors and Stellantis facilities, which expanded Friday.

"This is not strike related," she said.

Workers at the VW plant twice defeated UAW attempts to organize the facility in the past.

On Friday, the UAW said it is walking out of 38 GM and Stellantis parts-distribution centers in 20 states.

Ford was spared additional strikes because the company has met some of the union's demands during negotiations over the past week, UAW President Shawn Fain said during an online presentation to union members.

"We've made some real progress at Ford," Fain said, according to The Associated Press. "We still have serious issues to work through, but we do want to recognize that Ford is showing that they are serious about reaching a deal. At GM and Stellantis, it's a different story."

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In May, Volkswagen Chattanooga unveiled plans to hire more than 500 additional workers.

"There's high demand for all of the cars. All three vehicles are doing well," said Burkhard Ulrich, VW Chattanooga's senior vice president for human resources, in an online interview.

The plant builds the electric ID.4 SUV along with the conventionally powered Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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