Could North Alabama be Chattanooga's competition for Audi?
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB/Times Free Press) - A few days after Audi's CEO publicly announced plans to build a new plant in the United States, Chattanooga and its rival for the original Volkswagen project could be in competition again.
A decision on the Audi plant in the U.S. is at least three years away, according to a report in the magazine Automotive News Europe.
The VW plant at Enterprise South near I-75 will eventually be able to produce 500,000 vehicles per year.
"We've been working hard to build relationships with Audi and other members of the VW family of brands," J.Ed. Marston, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's vice president for economic development told our partners the Times Free Press. Marston declined to comment on any specific project.
A finalist for the Volkswagen plant is Limestone County in North Alabama. Community leaders say it has two sites that could support a large car plant.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told The Huntsville Times he wants a plan to show prospective industries where infrastructure, such as new roads, as well as schools, parks and neighborhoods, would be located on about 9,000 acres in Limestone County. That master plan shows the 1,500-acre Sewell property as a research park area. Huntsville is considering two road projects to accommodate that plan, including a connector road between Interstate 565 and Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road.
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