published Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

VW eyes Chattanooga expansion

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Volkswagen is looking at the future construction of four more supplier park buildings adjacent to its Chattanooga plant.

In addition, a city panel today agreed to work that would re-grade land next to the existing factory that has been identified for expansion of the plant itself.

The city’s Industrial Development Board OK’ed a contract to enable an engineering group to conduct planning related to the potential new supplier park buildings and associated parking.

Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon also would do planning related to a road connecting to a future state artery leading into the supplier park from Highway 58. The design work would cost about $51,300.

The supplier park now has two 223,200-square-foot buildings.

Jason Payne of the Chattanooga public works department said no VW expansion was imminent but the automaker is preparing for the future.

Also, the board agreed to spend about $1 million for grading of an area near the supplier park for VW’s proposed solar array as well as a site next to the factory.

For full story, see Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

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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