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Volkswagen: Giving Back at Work and Home in Tennessee

1. Economic Development

Volkswagen's $1 billion investment and state/local/federal commitment translates into $12 billion in income growth and $1.4 billion in total new tax revenue.

2. Local Investments

More than $686 million in local and Tennessean contracts have been awarded to date, including: More than $379 million to Tennessee and Chattanooga-area construction contractors and subcontractors awarded by the city, state and Volkswagen. And $307 million in annual contracts with local and state parts suppliers. Another $230 million in construction contracts are planned over the next 20 years.

3. Jobs

The Chattanooga facility will employ more than 2,000, including supervisors, professionals,multi-skilled maintenance workers and production team members. Another 9,500 supplier-related jobs will be created to support the assembly plant.

4. Education Partnerships

Partners in EducationVolkswagen has committed $5.28 million over the next five years to:

  • Hamilton County Schools
  • University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Fisk University
  • University of Memphis
  • Tennessee State

5. Open Access

More than 5 percent of suppliers for the new Volkswagen vehicle will be minority- and woman-owned by start of production, with the goal of 10 percent by 2015.

6. Community Commitments

We are proud to support local charities such as the Land Trust, Red Cross, March of Dimes, Urban League and other groups. Our Volunteer Day Program provides paid time off for employees who take active, volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable service or relief efforts. We match employee donations dollar-for-dollar to charitable organizations, up to $5,000 per employee.

7. Responsible Land Re-Use

The Volkswagen assembly plant and 1,580-acre campus is under construction at Enterprise South, previously a Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant now fully remediated and certified as an industrial megasite by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Volkswagen is partnering with the state and city to distribute saplings for every tree displaced by construction.

8. Energy Efficiency

Using the most efficient electric motors available for automated machinery, advanced laser welding technology, smart ventilation systems, improved air circulators and deflectors, air-to-air heat exchangers, continuous-line lighting system with T5 bulbs, and outside high pressure sodium vapor lights with mirror technology will save the annual energy use of 1,880 households.

9. Wise Water Use

Meander creeks will collect, filter and recycle storm water to be used in a cooling pond and restrooms, saving 359,999 gallons of fresh water, enough to meet the needs of almost 22 households each year.

Groundwater, waste management and sewage systems meet stringent LEED standards to avoid flash floods originating from the plant, manage runoff and regulate the water supply.

10. Emissions Reductions

A newly engineered base coat reduces vehicle paint drying time and CO2 emissions by 20 percent.

Environmentally friendly roofing of thermoplastic polyolefins saves energy by improving weather resistance and resilience. Smart insulation in the plant walls is six-inch mineral rock wool panel for energy savings with no VOCs or CFCs—and it's 100 percent recyclable. The facility is a completely tobacco-free workplace.

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"The Chattanooga plant...will be the culmination of some of the best technologies and processes from Volkswagen plants around the world...the model for future plants."

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