Yesterday, Volkswagen finally inaugurated its new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and ended the 23 year hiatus since its New Stanton, Pennsylvania factory was closed in 1988. At the Chattanooga plant, more than 2,000 employees will be able to produce up to 150,000 vehicles per year.
According to a Volkswagen statement, “the manufacturing depth for the Passat produced here will be at 85 percent” – meaning that 85 percent of the car will be produced at the plant itself. This is an unusually high number, especially considering that the statement goes on to say that “10,000 additional jobs will be created in the U.S. component supply industry.”
Volkswagen reiterates that it wants to boost “Group sales in the United States to more than a million vehicles per year by 2018 at the same time as winning a market share of about six percent for the Volkswagen Group.” To reach that lofty goal will need more than a new plant.