published Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Corker: State 're-engaged' in talks over SUV for Chattanooga

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today that the state has "re-engaged" in negotiations with Volkswagen over locating production for a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga.

"I know [Volkswagen officials] want to get that behind them very quickly," the Tennessee Republican said in a news conference a day after Chattanooga plant workers turned back a United Auto Workers organizing effort.

Corker said he plans to have conversations with VW leadership next week related to the SUV production issue.

"Hopefully, based on assurances we've been given, that will all work out," Corker said.

Putting assembly of the SUV in Chattanooga could lead to hundreds of new jobs and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment at the plant.

Corker also lauded plant workers concerning the union vote, and he defended his actions this week.

Last Wednesday, the former Chattanooga mayor said VW appears ready to add the second vehicle line in the city should workers reject the UAW.

See Sunday's Times Free Press for more.

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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