CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Volkswagen is putting up a fabric "hail net" at its auto assembly plant in Chattanooga.
Recalling violent storms last spring that damaged more than 100 new Passats on an outdoor lot at the plant, Volkswagen decided to build the $5 million net that will cover about half of the 5,000-space yard.
John Saunders, chief executive of USAShade & Fabric Structures, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the nets can substantially reduce the risk of damage to vehicles in a hailstorm. The net should be completed by mid-April.
VW officials said a similar net has been installed at the Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna.
Volkswagen builds 35 cars per hour at the plant which surpassed 50,000 vehicles this month.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.