First shift team in place; second shift hiring under way
Chattanooga, Tenn. — Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations announced today that the company has passed the 1500 employee mark. The 1500th employee represents the three-quarter point in the effort to hire and train the 2,000 plus employees who will build the all-new 2012 Passat. Hiring will continue through 2011 as the plant reaches full production.
“It is an exciting milestone to have hired our 1500th team member here at Volkswagen Chattanooga, but we still have long way to go, and there is still a lot of opportunity for those who want to join our team,” said Hans-Herbert Jagla, Executive Vice President of Human Resources. “We are on schedule with our hiring plan. The workforce that we have hired has been very trainable, extremely capable and most of all, passionate about the quality of their work. I am very confident that we will find these same characteristics as we continue the hiring process,” Jagla said.
Volkswagen now employs a total of 1,516 people. The production team is made up of 674 people, of which 96 percent are from Hamilton County, Tennessee. There have been a total of 75 new hire orientation classes of common core training, a process which takes place in the cutting edge Volkswagen Academy.
“Our production workforce has just produced our 500th new Passat,” said Don Jackson, president of manufacturing. “Our training program immerses our team members in the Volkswagen Passion for Detail. The men and women that build the new Passat are producing excellent products here in Chattanooga,” Jackson said.
About Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations LLC
Volkswagen will invest $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and create more than 2,000 direct jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the new Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs related to the project. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility will build the all-new 2012 Passat sedan, specially designed for the North American market.