German Ambassador to U.S. visits Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- For the first time ever, the German Ambassador to the United States paid a visit to Chattanooga.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann invited the Ambassador, who wanted a first-hand look at German companies doing business.
"German companies are there for the long run, long haul and we are here because we believe in this place, in this country," says Ambassador Peter Ammon.
Ambassador Ammon wanted to see for himself the progress and growth of companies like Volkswagen and Wacker.
"In these times where the economy is certainly making people a bit worried, it was very good to see that something good is happening across the Atlantic," says Ammon.
After touring the Passat plant, Ambassador Ammon says he couldn't have been more pleased with the 2,500 employees that keep the plant going.
"I think that's one of the most modern plants, car plants, in the world and it's worth touring it," he says. "I can only recommend it."
"The folks at Volkswagen are exceedingly pleased with the Chattanooga workforce, which is dominated by Hamilton County and it couldn't be better," says Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.
Fleischmann says after meeting with Ambassador Ammon several times in Washington, he wanted him to get a taste of the dedication local workers have for making a German invested industry successful.
In turn, Ammon wants the people of the Tennessee Valley to know it is only the beginning of a long-standing relationship.
"I will go back to Germany and I will tell my friends about it, how great it is to be in Chattanooga," says Ambassador Ammon.
Ambassador Ammon says German companies alone have created around 650,000 jobs in the U.S.
While there has been no confirmation of the VW plant building other cars, both Fleischmann and Ammon hammered home the point that the facility was intentionally built with room to expand.