The good people of Tennessee are no doubt thrilled to have a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The facility already features well over 2,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs, and now the German automaker is bolstering employment by another 200 full-time VW staffers, boosting the employment total to 2,500 full-time and temp workers.

VW says it is making the move to enable the plant to increase production from 31 vehicles per hour to 35. The boosted line rate also means that VW dealers will soon have more Passat sedans to sell, though the automaker failed to mention the sedan in the post-jump press release. Given VW's torrid sales pace in January, we're guessing the jump in factory output will be good news for the automaker's retail outlets.

VW isn't just looking for line workers – the automaker is also looking for supervisors and engineers. Hit the jump to read over the VW press release, which includes information on how to apply for a position.
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Chattanooga, Tenn - Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations, LLC today announced the company is creating 200 new jobs at its Tennessee manufacturing facility.

The positions are needed as Volkswagen Chattanooga increases production capacity from 31 to 35 cars per hour. The new jobs will be integrated into Volkswagen's current two-shift operation and filled by full-time Volkswagen employees.

"We have had good success hiring local people who can work together as a team to build our cars safely and with the highest quality," said Hans-Herbert Jagla, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC. "Now, we are excited to have 200 more people join our team."

The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga currently employs more than 2,500 people, about 2,000 by Volkswagen and additional 500 by Aerotek, the company's staffing partner.

"These 200 new positions are all full-time Volkswagen jobs ," said Ryan Rose, General Manager of Human Resources. "We will use this opportunity to hire many of our current Aerotek contract employees. So, Aerotek will be recruiting to fill full-time contract production positions that will open up as a result.We will also be hiring additional supervisors and engineers – so there are a lot of opportunities."

Applicants for production positions must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and have legal authorization to work in the U.S. Interested candidates can apply online with Aerotek at www.aerotektn.com. Aerotek will select candidates to move to the assessment process, including practical hands-on testing.

Candidates for professional positions like Production Supervisors, Engineers, and IT Specialists should apply online with Volkswagen at www.vwjobschattanooga.com.


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      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      If VW has been spending more money on R&D than 10 years ago, then the new cars should be more reliable. My B5 Passat had turn signal lamps falling off because the cheaply designed plastic clip aged, became brittle and snapped. Same thing happened to the signal repeater on the side. It also had a radiator leak, an oil pan leak, a coolant leak on a plastic bracket that corroded, and it still has a slow engine gasket leak and a dead heater that aren't worth fixing. And the front suspension links get cracked joints every 100k. Maintenance over 11 years has totalled nearly $10k if not more. Whew! And I'm still driving it as a beater/commuter.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this were facebook I would simply "like" this and move on.
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ive seen 2 of these cars and they look quite boring.
      carboy55
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anyone even seen one on the road yet? Where are they so popular?
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        I am not sure. This version blends in with other dull mid-level sedans like Toyotas and Hondas, so I can't be sure if I have seen one or not.
      Lou Zucaro
      • 2 Years Ago
      For a low-$20k car, this Passat is really roomy inside, and I have to agree with TBN27 who said they look nice in person. Style is subjective, sure, but there are obviously a lot of you here who think raging fender flares and plastic cladding is what makes a car look non-boring. This obviously isn't the car for you. I do wish VW sold a sportwagon version of this here in the U.S., with 4MOTION, because space-wise, it would blow away anything else available from VW / Audi / BMW / Merc for the price.
      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is it with Autoblog and their hardon for VW. God get over it you dweebs. VW could fart out a blood spewing tornado and you freaks at Autoblog would cum all over each other to be the first one to write about VW's "crimson gift".
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't get over how boring these are. The green house is totally ripped off from an ever aging Impala.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Tennessee plant was built for a total capacity of 150k Passats In it's first 4 months, it has sold less than 23k cars, never more than 7k in one month, at the bottom of the US sales charts, just above Mazda 6 BD
      vvk
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is selling so well because of extremely cheap lease deals. VW is going to take a beating on these "sales" when the lease term is up and they are flooded with off-lease Passats.
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      $16 an hour isnt a good paying job Autoblog.......well maybe in the slave states it is.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        The plantation-owner wannabes on here won't be happy until wages are next to nothing and the almighty corporate CEOs makes lots of bank. Don't try and argue with the Faux-Noise freemarketeers
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        Yeah the pay is too small, all of the must have been forced to take those jobs. VW should take their jobs and give them back to Mexico.....
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          Yeah thats exactly what i said
        Michael A. H_-_-_
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        punk
        1guyin10
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        Apparently 35,000 people thought $16 and hour was a step up for them. That is how many applications they got for the 2,000 positions they filled at startup.
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @1guyin10
          Ive done this for 12 years and i can tell you there is no way in hell i would do it for $16 an hour, my body is going to **** and im only 33.
      ilikedags
      • 2 Years Ago
      give us a tdi wagon.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've only seen one of these on the road, and I thought there was a generation I didn't know about between the 2000's and the 2001's. It's such a sad reminder of the state of humanity that boring and bland things like this sell well.
        TBN27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        i have seen quite a lot of them in the NY/NJ area. lthey look classy in person.
        CLASSIFIED
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        The only thing here reminding me of "the sad state of humanity" is how stupid your comment is.
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