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New jobs coming to VW supplier park

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The latest job creation for the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga was announced on Friday. According to a news release to Channel 3 Eyewitness News, Wingard Quality Supply has been awarded the contract for tire and wheel assembly. Wingard will locate its operations in the Volkswagen Supplier Park located at the factory site.

Wingard will hire between 20 and 25 employees and is already working with a local staffing agency. Wingard has stated the intention to hire locally.

Wingard, a Certified Minority-Owned Automobile Parts Manufacturing supplier since 2003, will re-locate its headquarters to Chattanooga. Previously, Wingard was headquartered in Fremont, California, and also has a second plant in Lafayette, Indiana.

"Wingard has a history of quality work in our industry and we're very pleased to welcome them to the Chattanooga community," said Thomas Loafman, Director of Purchasing for Volkswagen in Chattanooga, "Wingard has earned a reputation for quality with other manufacturers in the automotive industry and we know that high level of work will continue here on the NMS project," Loafman said in a news release.

 "We are very pleased and honored to be selected by Volkswagen as one of their suppliers in Chattanooga," said Jesse Wingard, President of WQS.  "Since its inception, Wingard has focused on being a responsible corporate citizen and a contributing member of the local community.  We are committed to continuing this tradition with Volkswagen in Chattanooga, and to our core values of safety, service, respect and quality in every aspect of our operations," Wingard said.

Wingard will service the NMS, which has been produced as a prototype and is currently in testing in Germany. The NMS is set to roll off the Chattanooga production line in the first quarter of 2011 for sale that fall as a 2012 model.

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