The line at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant will run a little faster. It will produce 35 cars instead of 31 per hour. That also produces new jobs. In an emailed statement, VWoA announced today that 200 new permanent jobs will be created at its Tennessee plant.
The increased production is needed to keep up with the demand. Volkswagen’s new car sales were up 23 percent for 2011, and a whopping 31 percent in December. The market grew 10 percent for the year, and 9 percent for December. The Passat, which is built in Chattanooga, is a brisk seller. “Each car that we make is sold on the spot,” says Volkswagen spokesman Guenther Scherelis. He did not want to speculate on January sales, which will be announced tomorrow.
This should create smiles all-around. Ryan Rose, head of HR in Chattanooga, explains:
“These 200 new positions are all full-time Volkswagen jobs. We will use this opportunity to hire many of our current Aerotek contract employees. So, Aerotek will be recruiting to fill full-time contract production positions that will open up as a result. We will also be hiring additional supervisors and engineers – so there are a lot of opportunities.”
Aerotek provides contract employees to VW. The new full-time jobs will be integrated into Volkswagen’s current two-shift operation. Volkswagen gains experienced team-members, and new openings for contract workers are created. Who will be in-line for full-time jobs when the line will make a few more cars per hour down the road. ..
It’s good that the UAW had hoisted the white flag and gave up on unionizing the South. The UAW already was not welcome in Chattanooga. With 200 new jobs created, the question would even more be:
“1,2,3,4 – what are we paying for?”
In other big news, Volkswagen now is doing something for it’s image when seen from above. Says Bloomberg:
“Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant will add a big, flat-mounted rooftop sign that can be seen from the air and is so large the plant’s chief executive said it will be visible online on Google Earth.”