Ten years ago this week, Volkswagen made it official: It wanted to build one of the world’s most advanced automotive assembly factories in the hills outside Chattanooga, Tenn.
And since then a series of successful milestones – from the 700,000th Passat to the new expansion for the growing Atlas line – has shown how VW and Chattanooga have built a partnership for the future.
Since its launch, the initial investment of approximately $1 billion in Chattanooga, and the commitment to hire 2,000 team members has grown to more than $2.3 billion, resulting in 3,500 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 3,500 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.”
From award-winning vehicles to standout education programs to sustainability efforts, Volkswagen Chattanooga’s presence goes well-beyond the walls of the world’s first LEED Platinum certified automotive factory.
Watch the video celebrating ten years of Volkswagen in Chattanooga below.