Business is booming at VW plant in Chattanooga

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With a year of operation on the books, Volkswagen's facility in Chattanooga is boosting employment and capacity to meet demand, moving up plans to export the vehicle to Asia and becoming a blueprint for the German automaker's future plants.

Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of the Tennessee plant, said in an interview with The Associated Press this week that running the sprawling facility located on the site of a former ammunition plant has had its share of challenges, but he calls the overall experience "fantastic."

The Chattanooga facility's first Passat sedan rolled off the line last April, and the plant produced nearly 23,000 vehicles through the end of the year -- a number it has already surpassed through the first quarter of his year.

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