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The 1,400-acre greenfield site that contains the $1-billion, 2.5-million-square-foot Chattanooga plant joins Volkswagen's electronics research lab in Silicon Valley, the largest group research center outside of Germany; its design center in Santa Monica, California; its Auburn Hills, Michigan offices that deal with engineering, quality and customer care; and its 600 dealer sites in the company's North American folder. It will add more than 2,000 jobs directly to the roster, and more than 9,500 jobs are expected to be created by suppliers.

The Chattanooga plant is also an environmental statement, with features such as:

  • Painting process that reduces CO2 emissions by 20 percent and cuts water use by 50,000 gallons per day
  • Six inches of mineral rock wool panel to reduce energy consumption by 35 percent
  • Rainwater capture for cooling and restrooms
  • A T5 lighting system to save 20 percent energy compared to conventional industrial lighting
  • LED street lighting to save 100,000 kilowatt hours per year
  • On-site protected wetlands and the restoration of two creeks to create native wildlife habitats
  • White roof reduces heat island effect by reflecting heat from the sun
  • On-site recycling and waste management center

It is committed to its employees, with an on-site fitness center, a care center that includes rehabilitation and a nearby child-care facility, and a VW Academy for apprenticeships and vocational training.

Most importantly, the new Chattanooga plant is committed to being perhaps the best facility in VW's fold, something that couldn't be said of company's last U.S. plant in New Stanton, Pennsylvania: the Westmoreland Assembly Plant that built Rabbits, Golfs and Jettas from 1978 to 1988.Continue reading Volkswagen: What's Going On With Chattanooga's Newest Resident - Part 2
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