published Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

VW paint shop running ‘full bore’

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Volkswagen’s paint shop has upped its production to up to 640 cars a day as the Chattanooga assembly plant tries to meet demand for its Passat sedan, officials said today.

“We’re running full bore,” said Bobby Dean Parker, the paint shop’s general manager, during a tour of the high-tech facility.

VW officials said the shop’s environmentally friendly process is the only one at an auto plant worldwide using a system that produces no liquid paint sludge.

In the dry scrubber system, air is used in the paint shop and filtered through limestone, which is then sent to a landfill in Georgia where it’s utilized in a cleansing process there, according to VW.

The company said the novel production process can save an estimated 12.5 million gallons a year.

See Thursday’s Times Free Press for full story.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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