10 years ago "It's Chattanooga" announced by Volkswagen
Jul 16, 2018
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 16, 2018) — July 15, 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the day that civic and government officials gathered with Volkswagen executives to announce the decision to build an automobile assembly facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This decision resulted an initial investment of approximately $1 billion in Chattanooga, and the commitment to hire 2000 team members. Over the past 10 years, this investment has grown to more than $2.3 billion, resulting in 3500 jobs and the assembly of nearly 800,000 vehicles.
“Volkswagen Chattanooga’s success is important to the overall strategy of the Volkswagen Group,” said Antonio Pinto, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Reaching this milestone has only been possible through the contributions of each of our 3500 team members and through the collaboration with the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the State of Tennessee. We look forward to many more years filled with growth and progress.”
Since the announcement 10 years ago, Volkswagen Chattanooga completed construction of the world’s first LEED Platinum certified automotive factory in Chattanooga. The first vehicle to roll off the assembly line was the award-winning American Passat. In 2014, the factory underwent a $900 million expansion for the all-new Volkswagen Atlas – named the Cars.com Best of 2018. Volkswagen would later open the North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, adding more than 200 jobs. Most recently, Volkswagen Chattanooga was announced as the assembly home of a new five-passenger SUV, representing an additional $340 million investment.
"Volkswagen Chattanooga has found success here in Tennessee, investing more than $2.3 billion in Chattanooga and drawing additional investment through its global supplier base, creating more jobs for Tennesseans,” said Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor. “I want to thank all 3,500 employees at the plant. Your brand has become our brand, and while you are making world-class vehicles in Chattanooga, you might not know it, but you are actually helping build Tennessee, as well. We’re grateful for that and the impact that you’ve made.”
“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years since I received the call that Volkswagen had chosen Chattanooga,” said U.S. Senator Bob Corker. “That was one of the most meaningful days in my public service career and was made possible due to a collective effort by so many in our community and around our state. Over the years, we have worked hand in hand with Volkswagen leadership and state officials to ensure the company continues to thrive in our city, and I am thrilled for the thousands of Tennesseans who continue to benefit from this important partnership. I thank Volkswagen for their continued commitment to Chattanooga and look forward to many more years of success in the future.”
Volkswagen Chattanooga has supported education in Hamilton County and in the region. In 2010 the onsite training facility, the Volkswagen Academy, was established. The Academy is home to secondary and post-secondary automotive training programs. In 2017 the $1 million Volkswagen eLabs program launched in Hamilton County, which provides over 11,000 Hamilton County students access to state-of-the-art digital fabrication labs in 16 schools.
“Volkswagen’s impact on Hamilton County has been remarkable not only in the number of jobs and businesses that have been created over the last decade, but also because of their support for education,” said Jim Coppinger, Hamilton County Mayor. “Most recently, Volkswagen paid nearly 4.6 million dollars in payments in lieu of taxes to the Hamilton County Department of Education. Additionally, they have created innovative programs that have a long-lasting impact on the students who participate. Volkswagen’s latest education initiative was for a million dollars to develop 16 eLabs at Hamilton County Schools.”
Volkswagen Chattanooga has remained committed to sustainability:
- Protected wetlands on site create natural animal and plant habitats
- LED lighting used throughout the facility saves approximately 262,500 kilowatt-hours annually compared to florescent lighting
- More than two million gallons of rainwater have been recycled for toilet flushes and cooling welding machines
- Approximately 12 million kilowatt-hours of energy is generated annually by 33,000 solar panels.
"When I think of the relationship between Volkswagen and the City of Chattanooga, it's one I am immensely proud of,” City of Chattanooga Mayor, Andy Berke. “Over the last 10 years, Volkswagen and its suppliers have solidified its place as a community partner helping to create stronger neighborhoods and grow our economy through job creation and vocational training opportunities. We are grateful for the continued commitment they have in the city and people of Chattanooga."
About Volkswagen Chattanooga
The Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Volkswagen Chattanooga) manufacturing facility began production in April 2011. Volkswagen Chattanooga currently builds the Volkswagen Passat, a midsize sedan specifically designed for the North American market and winner of the 2012 Motor Trend Magazine Car of the Year award, and the Volkswagen Atlas, a midsize sport utility which went on sale in May of 2017. In March 2018, Volkswagen Chattanooga was announced as the future production home of a five-seat SUV, representing an additional $340 million investment. Volkswagen Chattanooga currently employs approximately 3500 team members. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first car factory worldwide with a LEED Platinum certification. It is also certified to international standards for energy management (ISO 50001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and quality management (ISO 9001).