Volkswagen Chattanooga Builds 250,000th Passat Sedan

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Volkswagen Chattanooga logistics team before shipping the 250,000th Passat
Volkswagen Chattanooga logistics team before shipping the 250,000th Passat

Volkswagen Chattanooga announced Thursday that its workforce has produced the 250,000th Passat midsize sedan.

The car, produced in Volkswagen’s LEED Platinum-certified factory, is Night Blue with black leather interior. It is powered by Volkswagen’s high-mileage TDI clean-diesel engine and features navigation, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also offers the sonic experience provided by the Volkswagen Fender premium audio system. 

“Two years ago our team members had just learned to build cars,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Today we celebrate a quarter of a million Volkswagen Passats from Chattanooga. I am very proud of this team.”

The Volkswagen Chattanooga team celebrated completion of the first customer car on April 18, 2011, and the 100,000th on May 31, 2012. The 250,000 milestone sedan was celebrated with the nearly 2,700 team members during a meeting this week.


GDOL To Co-Sponsor Career Expo At Ringgold High School Wednesday

The Georgia Department of Labor, the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce, and Ringgold’s Downtown Development Authority will co-sponsor a career expo Wednesday at Ringgold High School. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium and will feature more than 50 employers looking to fill vacant positions in a wide range of fields, including manufacturing, truck ... (click for more)

GDOL To Host Job Training Recruitment In Dalton Aug. 5

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a special recruitment for job seekers who qualify for OJT, a federal on-the-job training program to help get unemployed workers back into the labor force. The recruitment will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dalton Career Center, 1460 Chattanooga Ave. The OJT program was established by the U.S. Department of Labor ... (click for more)

Erlanger Health System Projecting $10.8 Million Profit - With Help From $19 Million In Federal Funds

Erlanger Health System is projecting a $10.8 million profit for the upcoming fiscal year - with the help of $19 million in federal funds from a pool for public hospitals. The $19 million received in time for the current budget helped avoid a sizable deficit. The hospital is hoping the federal funds will be coming on an annual basis. At the start of the last fiscal year, ... (click for more)

History Center Gets $400,000 Grant From National Endowment For The Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants totaling more than $800,000 to three Tennessee projects that aim to display and preserve historical materials. Winning grants Monday included the Chattanooga History Center, which will get $400,000 to install a permanent, multimedia exhibit on the history of Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville will ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Judge Philyaw Is The Best

Tomorrow morning there will be a special gathering at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court that will prove to our community that we have perhaps the most innovative juvenile judge in America. Shortly after Rob Philyaw was hand-picked by our Hamilton County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Suzanne Bailey’s term 15 months ago, he found that truancy was a big problem in our schools. ... (click for more)