Chattanooga-made Passats start to flow

Chattanooga-made Passats start to flow

September 1st, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

Rows of new Passats await delivery Tuesday at the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Chattanooga's Enterprise South industrial park.

Rows of new Passats await delivery Tuesday at...

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

There has been a series of exciting moments locally since the initial announcement that Chattanooga was chosen as the site for a billion-dollar Volkswagen manufacturing plant.

The latest good news is that VW has begun shipping out about 350 sparkling new automobiles from Chattanooga every day!

You may have seen the picture on the front page of Wednesday's Times Free Press showing scores of new VW Passat sedans parked at the local plant, ready for shipping throughout our country.

Some Volkswagens will be loaded onto trucks for delivery within a few hundred miles, while railroad cars are being loaded with many other vehicles for delivery to a total of about 600 dealers across the United States.

While consumers far and wide will enjoy their new cars, of even greater interest here is the fact that thousands of local people are engaged in good jobs building the Passats, boosting our economy for many years to come.

It's great to see the Volkswagen dream become a highly productive and beneficial reality.