Smart technology, clean production.
Like our vehicles, our new production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., uses smart technology and environmental design for clean production.
Responsible Land Re-Use
The new assembly plant and 1,580-acre campus is under construction at Enterprise South, previously a Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant now fully remediated and certified as an industrial megasite by the Tennessee Valley Authority. We are partnering with the state and city to distribute saplings for every tree displaced by construction.
Using the most efficient electric motors available for automated machinery, advanced laser welding technology, smart ventilation systems, improved air circulators and deflectors, air-to-air heat exchangers, continuous-line lighting system with T5 bulbs, and outside high-pressure sodium vapor lights with mirror technology will save the annual energy use of 1,880 households.
Wise Water Use
Meander creeks collect, filter and recycle storm water to be used in a cooling pond and restrooms, saving 359,999 gallons of fresh water, enough to meet the needs of almost 22 households each year. Groundwater, waste management and sewage systems meet stringent LEED standards to avoid flash floods originating from the plant, manage runoff and regulate the water supply.
A newly engineered base coat reduces vehicle paint drying time and CO2 emissions by 20 percent. Environmentally friendly roofing of thermoplastic polyolefins saves energy by improving weather resistance and resilience. Smart insulation in the plant walls is six-inch mineral rock wool panel for energy savings with no VOCs or CFCs—and it’s 100 percent recyclable. The facility is also a completely tobacco-free workplace.