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It's been a rather short trip from VW asking whether it would build a factory in the U.S. to saying "Ja" and closing in on two locations. The decision on where the factory will be hasn't been made yet, but spots in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are the leading candidates.
Plans apparently call for a large plant, and VW wants it churning out cars by 2011. So the company needs at least 1,000 acres, and it needs to get to work on it immediately. If VW went with the site in Rocky Mount, NC, it would be placed about midway between VW's future corporate headquarters in Virginia and the cluster of suppliers around BMW's Spartanburg, SC plant. But VW is also scouting land in Anderson, SC.

Yet, even though VW hasn't announced the location, the Rocky Mount land appears to be in play. A deal for a large parcel is scheduled to close later this month. Said the farmer who owns most of it, although he hasn't met the buyers, "All I know is I'm selling it to a bunch of Germans." The plant, wherever it ends up, will build cars for North America and Europe.

[Source: Auto News, sub req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      My sources tell me that the Anderson, SC site is a done deal. It's one of the locations that BMW originally looked at. It's 15 miles west of Greenville, home to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Michelin's North American headquarters, and another 10 miles from BMW North America. South Carolina is non-union, so that is most likely a big factor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Greenville has an international airport, which BMW utilizes for its cargo transport needs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's pretty far inland... one would assume they want close port access.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wonder what they will build here?
      Audi, VW or Seat.

      researching VW group,Seat is planned to land in USA soon 2009+
      • 7 Years Ago
      why not Florida?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can we say weaker dollar!

      • 7 Years Ago
      "Let's all flock to the South--cheap cheap relatively uneducated labor."

      Yes, Rocky Mount, NC is about an hour east of Raleigh-Durham and the Research Triangle Park. Highest number of PHd's per capita in the country. Uneducated in the south as usual.

      Good point, moron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's all flock to the South--cheap cheap relatively uneducated labor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You really have no idea what your talking about.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Contrast and compare "relatively uneducated" with "totally ignorant"...if you can.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't like the way you're talking about the South. We happen to be well educated people, and people like to favor our places better than anywhere else.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually it's moderately priced, well-educated, *non-union* labor.

        That's why we have Toyota in KY, BMW in SC, Hyundai in AL, Nissan in TN.

        Unemployment in Virginia is 2.4%. Last I saw it's over 7% in Michigan.

        There could be a lesson here ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      does any have a SEAT or Had one?

      I like design of the Leon, nice round back end.wondering how they are?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Another American sellout (the farmer). Pretty soon we won't have anything left of value for ourselves or our children...
      Sounds like a waste of a thousand acres to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh noes! Some farmer sold his 1000 acre beet farm for a tidy sum so that VW can bring jobs to the skilled and unskilled labor markets of NC! What ever will we do!

        Demand an injunction against construction immediately, or our children will not have precious, precious beets!

        Selling land within the boundaries of the United States to a "bunch of Germans" doesn't mean the land gets shipped to Germany sir. That land will still be producing a product and generating jobs and tax dollars for the local economy, but at a much higher rate.

        Everyone wins except..you?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a hoot...while GM Ford and Chrysler bail out of the US like rats, Europe moves in and builds modern, efficient plants here.

        • 7 Years Ago
        You need to do some research.

        You make two bad assumptions.

        One is that an assembly plant is all that matters. While the domestics are closing assembly plants due to over capacity they (and there suppliers) are still investing in plants to build components. Chrysler, the smallest of the domestics is building 2 new plants in the US.

        Two is that domestic plants are not "modern, efficient" like foreign plants. I could blindfold you and take you inside a transplant factory and a domestic one and except for the logos on the cars and the workers you could not tell which was which.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The main reason they don't build up north is because the folks in the south are fiercely anti-union.

      And it's clear to everyone but union folks that the unions destroyed Detroit and the American automobile industry.

      Why else would folks set up shop so far away from oodles and oodles of experienced workers in that particular field?
      • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, 1 minute later and I missed my chance> Ha ha . Cheers!
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW had better move fast finding production capacity since they tell us they're going to pass Toyota by 2012.
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