Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant, which produces the VW Passat midsize sedan and VW Atlas three-row SUV, recently celebrated a major milestone. July 15, 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of when it was announced that the assembly plant would be built at the location.
Volkswagen Chattanooga: Major Employer
The Volkswagen Chattanooga plant has made a very positive impact on the economy in the Chattanooga-area. With investments of over $2.3 billion, the plant created 3,500 jobs, with the production of nearly 800,000 vehicles. In 2014, the factory underwent a $900 million expansion for the all-new Volkswagen Atlas.
“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.” – Antonio Pinto, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga
Sustainable Design of Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant
Volkswagen put an emphasis on sustainability and protection of the environment with the design of the Chattanooga plant. The 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 fluorescent lighting. More than two million gallons of rainwater have been recycled for toilet flushes and cooling welding machines. Also, approximately 12 million kilowatt-hours of energy are generated annually by 33,000 solar panels.