The buzz around Chattanooga isn't all about job creation for Volkswagen employees. It's about the thousands more jobs projected outside the plant.
The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce predicts about 3,600 new jobs with a payroll of around $218 million dollars. The news local VW suppliers like eSpin hopeful for the future.
eSpin planted roots in Enterprise South in 2004. When Volkswagen came to Chattanooga, business came with it.
"After we became a supplier, we started growing. Our product line grew. We were able to expand to hire more people to meet the demands of Volkswagen," said James Adams with eSpin Technologies, Inc.
When you see an air duct in the Volkswagen plant, chances are you'll see one a special nano fiber air filter inside.
eSpin Technologies is also in talks with VW officials in Germany to possibly put carbon parts in all their vehicles.
"Not only is Volkswagen bringing jobs and money into the area itself, but they are going to help all the Tier two or Tier one level companies grow and add on positions so they are creating a lot more jobs locally for us than simply what would be at the factory," said Adams.
Which is exactly what job seekers want to hear.
"We need good jobs down here cause it's hard to find a job down here in Chattanooga," said job-seeker Maurice Myles.
eSpin Technologies, Inc. was one of the first supplier to open in Enterprise South.By Alyssa Spirato