Volkswagen Announces $17 Million Expansion
Volkswagen Chattanooga announced Wednesday that it has begun construction activities on an extension of the assembly shop parts warehouse at its Tennessee factory.
The warehouse extension, scheduled to be operational by August 2014, will add 198,400 square feet to the existing 104,600 square feet. The total warehouse space in the plant will now be 303,000 square feet.
“By extending our warehousing capacity inside the plant, we are streamlining our logistics operations, making the production of the Passat even more efficient,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “These kinds of continuous improvement processes are an indication of the maturation of this facility and a testament to the standard of excellence of our team.”
By extending the current warehouse building in the assembly shop, Volkswagen will eliminate the need for two current external staging warehouses. This project solely affects production of the Passat.
The expansion represents an investment of $17.7 million dollars and will add 14 dock doors for parts delivery with the option to expand that by an additional 20 loading docks in future.
The project’s construction partner is Gray Construction.
Volkswagen Chattanooga produces the Passat for North America, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Arabian Gulf Coast Countries.
Photo: (l-r) Ulfert Stier, General Manager, Logistics; Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman, Volkswagen Chattanooga; David Calfee, Manager, Plant Construction; Heinrich Keulmann, General Manager, Plant Engineering.
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The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman's 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. The issue over the claims is that they may lead consumers to believe the products pose a lower risk. That claim has to be scientifically proven.
In a statement, the FDA said it has determined that the products under the warning letter need what is called a "modified risk tobacco product order" before they can be marketed in that way. It has not issued any orders for modified-risk products to the market and this is the first time it is using its authority to take action against "natural" or "additive-free" claims.
The companies have 15 days to respond with a plan or dispute the warnings.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has released its proposal for naming lower-cost biotech drugs, a critical step in creating a market for the new class of medicines.
Biotech drugs are powerful, injected medicines produced in living cells which are typically much more expensive than traditional chemical-based drugs.
For decades, they have not faced generic competition because the FDA lacked a system to approve cheaper versions until 2012. Earlier this year the agency approved the first lower-cost biotech drug, a knock-off of the blood booster, Neupogen.
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Under an FDA proposal, biotech drugs would include a four-letter code to help doctors distinguish them from the original versions.
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Taylor Energy Company says it has agreed under the settlement to spend $400,000 to foster coastal research and will host a public forum and publish a website with information on the company's spill response.
Environmental groups led by the Waterkeeper Alliance sued Taylor Energy in 2012, accusing it of withholding information about the leak's potential impact on the Gulf ecosystem.
The groups also argued that the public was entitled to know more about the company's government-supervised efforts to stop the leak, which was the subject of an Associated Press investigation in April.
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.
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Tyson Foods Inc. said in a statement that it was investigating the situation, but that it terminated the farmer's contract "based on what we currently know." McDonald's Corp. said it supported Tyson's decision to terminate its contract with the farmer in question.
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Along with a new iPhone model, tech industry insiders have speculated Apple may introduce a larger iPad and a new set-top box for television sets. The company however has not confirmed any plans.
The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco.
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