U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN) offered federal reaction to today’s announcement from Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. that it will build a U.S. automotive production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., where it will produce a car designed specifically for the North American consumer and invest $1 billion in the economy. Corker, Alexander, and Wamp will join Volkswagen and other Tennessee government leaders for the announcement at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. (*The media advisory from Volkswagen Group of America follows this release.)
“Through twists and turns, our community has maintained focus, invested wisely and exercised tremendous effort and energy in recruiting a major employer to Enterprise South. The breaking of this final barrier and the realization of the vision to which we have held true will take us to levels we can only begin to imagine,” said U.S Senator Bob Corker, who was mayor of Chattanooga when the infrastructure that established Enterprise South was built.
“Volkswagen is the very best manufacturer and partner we could possibly have in terms of our shared values and as a result of their enormous investment, not only will Chattanooga be forever changed, but our entire state will reap great benefits from the new suppliers that this facility will attract to the region, continued Corker. I am proud to have been part of a dedicated team which has worked seamlessly on this effort and celebrate this outstanding achievement for our city and our state.”
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander praised Volkswagen’s decision to locate at Enterprise South saying, “Volkswagen and Chattanooga, the ideal marriage: one of the world's most admired companies and one of America's most livable cities. This decision keeps Tennessee on the road to becoming the number one state in auto jobs. Congratulations especially to Governor Bredesen, Senator Corker and Mayors Ramsey and Littlefield for their leadership.”
“It was just a matter of time before a major auto manufacturer decided to locate at Enterprise South – and our time has arrived,” said Congressman Zach Wamp. “This new partnership with Volkswagen showcases Chattanooga’s position as a manufacturing giant in the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor. Our city is home to the National Center for Computational Engineering and is surrounded by major research centers like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As a result, Volkswagen will benefit from Chattanooga’s high-skilled, educated workforce, the region’s research capabilities and technical innovations and our incredible quality of life.”