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Volkswagen Kickstarting Expansion for SUV

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Chattanooga-Times Free Press, Sept. 18, 2014, Mike Pare, Staff Writer

Volkswagen’s $900 million expansion to build a sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga plant is off and running, with new construction to the factory’s body shop, assembly finish area and technical center up first.

“Speed is of the essence,” David Calfee, VW’s manager of construction planning, told about 30 builders and others at a pre-bid conference Wednesday.

VW plans to construct at least 213,000 SF of new space in the first part of the project.  There’s also an alternative to add another 43,000 SF to the body shop if company officials so choose.  In total, that’s nearly half of the 538,000 SF the automaker plans to add to its 2 million square foot factory in Chattanooga.

“We’ve got more projects in the future,” Calfee said.  Read more . . . volkswagen kickstarting expansion for