The Volkswagen Chattanooga facility, as seen from the air.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Today is the fifth anniversary of the announcement that Volkswagen selected Chattanooga as the location for their new automobile manufacturing facility.
The plant, which recently produced its 250,000 Volkswagen Passat sedan, has made an impact on the city and the Tennessee Valley.
Key points in the Volkswagen timeline are:
Construction of the world's only LEED Platinum certified factory
Hiring of over 2,500 people
Introduction of the all-new American Passat
"It's very gratifying to think back on the past five years and the amazing work that our team members have done to make this project an unqualified success," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "But now we've reached the end of the beginning and we will move forward into new challenges and new successes," Fisher said.
"I'm proud to congratulate Volkswagen on their success over the last five years and could not be more gratified by the tremendous job creation that has occurred in Tennessee as a result of their investment," said Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.
"The Chattanooga-Volkswagen relationship has proven to be the ideal marriage, bringing together a central location, a strong Chattanooga workforce – and all of this in a state driven by pro-growth policies that welcome, rather than discourage, business," said Senator Lamar Alexander.
A recent University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) study showed that Volkswagen Chattanooga had created 12,400 full-time jobs, is responsible for $643.1 million in annual income and has attracted 17 supplier companies to the area.
"Since Volkswagen announced it was coming to Chattanooga, we've seen five years of incredible growth from the company, and we look forward many more productive years ahead," Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said.
Volkswagen recently opened the largest single solar installation at an automotive manufacturing facility in the United States and the biggest solar installation in the state of Tennessee.
The solar park occupies 33 acres and contains 33,600 solar modules to produce 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity per year -- equivalent to the energy consumed annually by around 1,200 homes in the area.