VW CEO expected to visit Chattanooga Wednesday

VW CEO expected to visit Chattanooga Wednesday

July 20th, 2010 by Mike Pare in Volkswagen

Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn is expected to visit the automaker's Chattanooga plant for the first time on Wednesday, according to the company.

Dr. Winterkorn also is to meet with Gov. Phil Bredesen as well as with top VW officials locally, including Frank Fischer, who oversees the car maker's Chattanooga operations, the company said.

Dr. Winterkorn is expected to check out progress on the construction of the $1 billion plant, where workers will build a new midsize sedan with production slated to start early next year.

The VW chief has been in San Francisco this week, where the automaker showcased the latest version of its Jetta and its electric vehicle efforts. He also highlighted the car company's initiatives in the United States, where officials are aiming to drastically boost sales.

The company is slated to employ over 2,000 people in Chattanooga when it fully ramps up production.