This story was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at 10:22 p.m. with additional information.
Volkswagen Chattanooga is marking 10 years since the automaker opened a supplier park, noting the complex and nearby parts makers employ 1,100 workers as they ready for an electric SUV.
“The supplier park and our suppliers play a key role in helping to keep Volkswagen Chattanooga growing,” said Marty Ross, senior manager of North American purchasing for Volkswagen of America, in a statement. “We’re proud to work together with them, and with the addition of the Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV in 2022 to Chattanooga, we know that more opportunities lie ahead.”
A decade ago with a $21 million investment, the 446,400-square-foot supplier park next to the VW plant at Enterprise South industrial park became home to six companies supporting 500 jobs helping assemble the Passat sedan.
Now, as the factory has grown to building three vehicles and soon a fourth, so has the supplier park and other companies nearby providing parts to the plant, which itself employs 3,800 workers.
Seven businesses today work in the supplier park, assembling such parts as seats, axles and dashboards, while four more have built facilities nearby. The suppliers represent some $275 million in investments, according to VW.
INSIDE THE SUPPLIER PARK
* Grupo Antolin
* Schnellecke Logistics
The supplier park currently includes ThyssenKrupp,