published Monday, May 19th, 2014

Bob Corker ‘very positive’ on VW putting SUV in Chattanooga

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today that efforts to attract a new vehicle for production at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant are “moving in a very positive way.”

“They really need to build an sport utility vehicle here,” he said at a downtown Chattanooga event in which online giant Google was helping about 100 small businesses get their companies on the web.

Corker said VW needs to make a decision “very, very soon” on the SUV, or it will fall behind in the market.

“I still feel very positive and feel like Chattanooga is the best place for VW, and hopefully that’s what we’ll see happen,” the former mayor said.

VW has termed Chattanooga as the front-runner to produce a new SUV at the Chattanooga factory, a move that could create hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment and upwards of 1,000 jobs.

See more in Tuesday’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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