Chattanooga Facts

PLANT

  • Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA Tri-state area bordering Georgia and Alabama
  • 1,400 acres (5.6 km2)
  • 3,442,350 ft² under roof
  • Expansion represents a 26.36% increase in square footage
  • Employs Approximately 3,800
  • Currently produces the Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Atlas

 

ENVIRONMENT

  • Protected wetlands on site create natural animal and plant habitats
  • LED lighting used throughout the facility saves approximately 262,500 kilowatt-hours annually compared to florescent lighting
  • Approximately 12 million kilowatt-hours of energy is generated annually by 33,000 solar panels.
  • Click here for Environmental & Energy Management System Policy Statement

 

EMPLOYEE AMENITIES

  • Near-site medical, dental, vision and rehabilitation services available through partnership with Erlanger.
  • Child care center adjacent to the plant
  • Health and Fitness Center located in the plant
  • Financial and volunteer support of local charities
  • Diversity Advisory Committee

 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

  • Robotronics Program
  • Automation Mechatronics Program
  • Mechatronics Akademie High School Program

 

MILESTONES

01/14/2019 – MEB production and expansion announcement
10/05/2018 – 100,000th Atlas assembled
07/15/2018 – 10th Anniversary of factory announcement
05/07/2018 – 700,000th Passat assembled
03/19/2018 – Five-Passenger SUV announcement
05/18/2017 – First Customer Atlas Delivered
12/14/2016 – 2018 Atlas Start of Production
09/21/2015 – 2016 Passat Facelift Public Reveal
08/31/2015 - 2016 Passat Facelift Start of Production
07/22/2015 - 500,000th Passat Built
01/01/2015 - Midsize SUV Expansion Commences
07/14/2014 - Midsize SUV Announcement
08/13/2013 - Volkswagen Academy Inaugural Graduation Ceremony
05/23/2013 - 250,000th Passat produced
01/23/2013 - Power-up of Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park
07/28/2012 - ISO 14001 and ISO 50001
05/31/2012 - 100,000th Passat produced
12/01/2011 - LEED Platinum certification of Plant and Academy
07/29/2011 - 2000th employee hired
05/24/2011 - Grand Opening of Volkswagen Chattanooga plant
04/18/2011 - First customer car rolled off assembly line
04/07/2011 - ISO 9001 status confirmed by external auditor
01/09/2011 - Static Launch of the new Passat at NAIAS Detroit
09/30/2010 - Opening of Supplier Park
08/23/2010 - 1,000th employee hired
06/04/2010 - Opening of Volkswagen Academy
02/03/2009 - Start of Construction
07/15/2008 - Announcement of Chattanooga Factory

 

AWARDS

PRODUCT AWARD HISTORY

 

2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year (Passat)
2012 Winner - J.D. Power APEAL Award - Highest Ranked Midsize Car (Passat)
2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick (Passat)
Best of 2012 - Cars.com (Passat)
2013 Winner- J.D. Power APEAL Award - Highest Ranked Midsize Car (Passat)
2015 Kiplinger’s Best in Class New Car Values (Passat)
2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ (Passat)
2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick (Atlas & Passat)
2017 NHTSA 5-star safety rating (Atlas)
2018 Cars.com Best of (Atlas)
2018 CarGurus’ Top Car for your commute (Passat GT)

PLANT AWARD HISTORY

 

2011 LEED Platinum Certification
2011 Finalist - Edison Green Award
2012 Gold Winner - Edison Green Award
2013 Winner - EPA Green Power Leadership Award
2013 Governor’s Stewardship - Sustainability Award
2013 1st place - Best Places to Work in Chattanooga
2013 Silver Dolphin  - Cannes Corporate Media Award
2014 US EPA Rain Catcher Award
2014 1st place – Best Places to Work in Chattanooga
2014 1st place – Best Green Business
2015 United Way of Greater Chattanooga Community Spirit
2016 Ronald McDonald House Big Red Shoe Award
2017 TN Chamber EE Solid Waste Management Award
2018 TN Chamber Environmental Excellence Award