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Frank Fischer leaving Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

The Chattanooga Volkswagen plant's first and only chief is returning to Germany, sources said Wednesday.

Frank Fischer, named six years ago to head the $1 billion facility that marked the automaker's return to making cars in America, is expected to shift to VW's Emden plant, according to multiple people within the company.

The Emden facility employs about 8,600 people and produces up to 1,200 vehicles a day, including the European version of the Passat midsize sedan, according to VW. The Chattanooga plant assembles the Passat model that is sold in North America.

VW couldn't be reached for comment, though an announcement is expected this week and could come as early as today. The name of Fischer's successor couldn't be confirmed.

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