published Friday, June 7th, 2013

Mayors: VW expansion talks productive regarding Chattanooga

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    A worker cleans a Volkswagen logo in the production line at the Volkswagen plant in this file photo.
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The mayors of Chattanooga and Hamilton County said today that discussions with top Volkswagen officials this week over expanding assembly at the Chattanooga plant were productive.

“It was very positive,” said County Mayor Jim Coppinger, adding that VW made no commitment about whether it will pick Chattanooga as the location to produce a new sport utility vehicle.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said he and Coppinger had “an excellent” day and half of meetings with VW officials at the company’s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters.

“Volkswagen understands that the locals are committed to ensuring the long-term success of the plant,” Berke said.

VW officials have said they’re looking at producing a new SUV that would compete with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

Chattanooga and VW operations in Mexico are reportedly competing for the project.

See Saturday’s Times Free Press for full story.

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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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