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. Read more »
Planting 4 million baby oysters in the Severn River outside Annapolis, Maryland, requires many hands and a bit of seed money. Volkswagen Group of America is proud of our hands-on support of this project and our relationship with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, dedicated to restoring and protecting the largest estuary in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. Preserving this natural treasure is just one example of our environmental stewardship, which also includes student scholarships to the foundation’s student leadership summer youth program.
Crystal Lim, Volkswagen Group of America Herndon, VA
Involved, inspired and energized employees are the hands, heart and soul of Volkswagen Group of America. Not only do they enable us to grow and thrive as a company, but they take active volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable service and relief efforts.
Crystal Lim, Freight Analyst, Vehicle Logistics, with Volkswagen Group of America is just one of those persons. “I volunteered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at the Oyster Restoration Center. I was amazed by the breadth of their organization, and the fact that their intent was to protect the environment full circle from land to the watershed. I think volunteering is important for Volkswagen Group of America employees, and anyone in general, because it gives you an experience you may not have had otherwise. Volunteering teaches you about those in need. It allows you to appreciate what you have by giving back to the community.”
Fans of Audi became fans of The Nature Conservancy and raised $25,000 to help reduce carbon emissions. Audi donated $1 for every Facebook user who joined The Nature Conservancy’s effort to restore the Tensas River Basin. The project aims to counterbalance carbon emissions by reforesting private lands to capture and store carbon, and restoring critical habitats to native species in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Our engineers are always innovating to reduce our vehicles’ carbon emissions. But our commitment doesn’t stop with our products; we want to promote reduced emissions through support of organizations like The Nature Conservancy.
“The world is gearing up for a big change in the way that people think about cars and the environment, and it’s great to work for a company like Volkswagen that’s actively a part of it,” said Bret Scott, Product Manager, CC and Eos for Volkswagen of America. “From our diesel and turbo-charged vehicles, to the construction of our new Tennessee assembly plant, we’ve been building a cleaner footprint for decades. And our work on hybrids, electric cars and other advanced technologies will take us to the next level.”