The Chattanooga plant is excited to have reached the homestretch of its plan to hire and train more than 2,000 employees. The plant passed the 1,500-employee mark, all of whom will be responsible for building the 2011 Passat. In fact, in total, the Chattanooga Operations now employs 1,516 people. As a result, the company is three-quarters of the way to its final goal.
“We are on schedule with our hiring plan,” said Hans-Herbert Jagla, Executive Vice President of Human Resources. “The workforce that we have hired has been very trainable, extremely capable and most of all, passionate about the quality of their work. I am very confident that we will find these same characteristics as we continue the hiring process,”
The current production workforce, which consists of 674 employees, has already produced the first 500 new 2011 Passat vehicles. As the plant reaches full production throughout 2011, the Chattanooga Operations will continue hiring employees. In fact, there have already been a total of 75 new hire orientation classes that take place in the cutting edge Volkswagen Academy.
Don Jackson, president of manufacturing said, “Our training program immerses our team members in the Volkswagen Passion for Detail. The men and women that build the new Passat are producing excellent products here in Chattanooga.”