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VW seeks to increase planned expansion by 25%

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (AP) - Volkswagen is planning to add on to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Ggptwe) documents show the plant wants to add an additional 130,153 square feet to the original expansion, 25 percent more than first planned. The additional expansion will add about $18 million to the $900 million project.

VW plant spokesman Scott Wilson said the company has decided to increase the size of the body shop to accommodate future production needs. He said that doing it now will save money and give VW flexibility as it makes changes to the way it assembles vehicles.

VW is scheduled to go before the city's Industrial Development Board on Tuesday to seek permission for the new expansion.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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