Chattanooga will be the home to Volkswagen's new SUV production line. Today, city and Volkswagen officials named the scenic city as their choice for a 900-Million dollar investment.
Just hours after the announcement, VW employees were already sizing up the future employment opportunities. Employee Scotty Aycock tells us "the more jobs that come in the more for the people that have been there and put in the time to move up the chain." VW is prepared to invest 600 million dollars in Chattanooga's second plant and add 2,000 new positions.
"The chance to advance for everybody," adds Tamara Slaven. But, the new jobs will mean more than just internal promotions. Students studying technical trades at Chattanooga State now have more job openings in their future.
Chattanooga State's President, Dr. Jim Catanzaro, says the school has had a long history and partnership with Volkswagen. Today at least 3/4ths of their students directly benefit from their STEM school. "We've been their training partner since day one and the academy has been working jointly with Chattanooga State," says Catanzaro.
While classes aren't in session right now, Gig Tank students like Nohtal Partansky uses the Chattanooga State facilities to develop 3D printers. HE says the new plant will have a ripple effect on the growth of businesses in Chattanooga. "When big retailers come by it's a whole 'nother section of supply chains and it makes it so much better for all of the other manufacturers. So it's good for us," says Partansky.
by Mikaya Thurmond