Volkswagen celebrated the grand opening of a new $40 million distribution center in Roane County Tuesday.

The Southeast Regional Distribution Center is a 459,000-plus square-foot facility and will be used for distributing domestic auto parts to global markets for the Chattanooga-made Passat.
The SERDC will begin as a redistribution center to service warehouses and will later expand to include a parts distribution center.

"This new facility serves as tangible proof of the clear commitment that Volkswagen Group of America has to meeting the needs of our dealers and our growing customer base," said Anu Goel, Vice President of Parts and Vehicle Logistics, Volkswagen Group of America. "Our continued investment in the U.S. market affirms that Volkswagen Group of America is dedicated to the communities in which we do business."

Volkswagen plans to invest more than $5 billion in North America over the next three years in new products, technologies and infrastructure aimed at helping the company reach its long-term goals for the region.