UPDATE: President Trump congratulates Chattanooga on VW expansion
Prominent Tennessee leaders react to the news of Volkswagen's $800 million expansion in the Tennessee Valley.
UPDATE: President Trump took to Twitter to congratulate the Scenic City on the Volkswagen expansion.
Volkswagen will be spending 800 million dollars in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They will be making Electric Cars. Congratulations to Chattanooga and Tennessee on a job well done. A big win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019
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The automaker made the announcement Monday morning at the Detroit Auto show.
The expansion is expected to bring approximately 1,000 jobs to the Tennessee Valley.
Many prominent Tennessee leaders spoke out about the historic announcement.
Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bo Watson (R-Hixson) made the following statement regarding the announcement that Volkswagen will create 1,000 new jobs in Chattanooga in their first electric vehicle manufacturing facility in North America:
“The announcement by Volkswagen to invest $800 million in building the next generation of vehicles in Chattanooga, and provide 1,000 new jobs to do so, serves as testament to the confidence they have in our growing community as well as our developing work force,” said Senator Watson. “This will have a huge positive impact on citizens and businesses throughout our communities and will continue to strengthen our state’s strong concentration in automobile manufacturing. I congratulate all our state and local officials who helped secure these jobs. We will continue to make job creation our top priority.”
United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Chattanooga was selected as Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle manufacturing facility in North America:
"I’ve thought for a while that the TVA region could be a national leader in manufacturing electric cars. Today’s announcement by Volkswagen that it has selected Chattanooga as its first North American manufacturing facility for electric vehicle production will create 1,000 new, good-paying jobs for Tennesseans and is yet another success story for our state’s auto industry. Tennessee’s workforce, central location, our right-to-work law, our top-notch roads, and our state leadership have all contributed to Tennessee’s ability to create and expand good-paying automotive jobs. Congratulations to Governor Haslam on this exciting announcement for our state."
Hamilton County Mayor, Jim M. Coppinger, also released a full statement:
"This is another exciting day for Volkswagen and Hamilton County! Volkswagen has again proven themselves to be a tremendous economic partner with the announcement of an 840 million dollar expansion that will create another 1,000 jobs for Hamilton County.
Volkswagen has already proven they can manufacture an award winning SUV with their Atlas that is manufactured in Hamilton Country. We look forward to the new SUVs they will produce as a result of this expansion.
We are also looking forward to the new suppliers that will invest in Hamilton County to support this Volkswagen expansion
Now our job is to double down on making sure we have the educated, highly trained workforce to fill these 1,000 new 21st Century jobs that are coming to Hamilton County."
Chattanooga's Mayor, Andy Berke, tweeted live from the event. This tweet (below) following the announcement:
Senator Marsha Blackburn was one of the first to react to the announcement.