Volkswagen Adds Third Shift To Chattanooga Plant
It's only taken Volkswagen a year to add a third team of employees to its new Chattanooga facility, a reflection of how popular the Volkswagen Passat has become. The new shift will increase the amount of workers at Chattanooga to 3,300 employees. They will be split evenly among two shifts, working 20 hours per day for six days per week. Volkswagen's revised production schedule puts it on track to build more than 180,000 Passats per year by 2013, or an increase of 30,000 over today's production levels. "The hard work of our production team over the past year has not only produced a car that won the JD Powers APEAL award, but has also provided opportunity for these new employees," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "We will all work to maintain the passion for detail that we build into the Passat." This month was Volkswagen's best July since 1973, and a 27.3 percent increase in sales over 2011. The Passat sold 9,007 examples this month—a healthy clip, though slightly down from June's five-figure number of 10,252 sold. Source: Volkswagen
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