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How well is Volkswagen doing with its new made-in-America Passat? What if we told you that sales in February were up 14,523.2 percent? Okay, perhaps that isn't the best measure of performance, given that there wasn't actually a 2011 model year Passat. But VW moved 8,189 of the midsize sedans last month after selling 6,318 in January.

While that's but a fraction of the 34,543 February sales for the Toyota Camry, it's enough that VW is adding another 800 jobs at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant that builds the car. That's the second ramp-up this year – VW already announced the addition of 200 jobs last month.

"Quite plainly, we need more Passats to meet the market demand and I'm glad that we can respond so quickly by adding staff in Chattanooga," said VW's U.S. President and CEO, Jonathan Browning.

VW currently employs over 2,700 people at the plant, though 500 actually work for a "staffing partner." VW says the new jobs will be filled both by those contract employees already working at the plant and by new hires. Positions include production, supervisors, quality engineers, and other professionals roles. Click past the jump to read the full press release.
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VOLKSWAGEN CHATTANOOGA TO HIRE 800 TO MEET GROWING DEMAND
Total Hiring in 2012 Will Create 1,000 jobs

Chattanooga, Tenn - Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations announced today that the company is creating an additional 800 new jobs at its Tennessee manufacturing facility.

The positions are needed as Volkswagen Chattanooga continues to ramp up capacity to meet customer demand for the new U.S.-produced Passat. This comes on top of an announcement earlier this year of 200 additional jobs at the Chattanooga plant, bringing the total new jobs in 2012 to 1,000.

"This is a clear sign that the plant ramp-up has been successful and is a validation that the Passat is of the highest quality," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "Our plant was designed to be flexible in order to respond to market demand and I'm proud that we've achieved this so quickly. This is a good day for Volkswagen and for the people of Chattanooga," Fischer said.

The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga currently employs more than 2,700 people, about 2,200 by Volkswagen and an additional 500 by Aerotek, the company's staffing partner.

"We have made a commitment to this market, both in terms of products and investment. Our original commitment to invest $4 billion into the U.S. market continues to grow, with a parts depot announced last week and now another further commitment to employment here in Chattanooga," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Quite plainly, we need more Passats to meet the market demand and I'm glad that we can respond so quickly by adding staff in Chattanooga," Browning said.

The plant has been working daily overtime to meet the market demand. The additions to the workforce will allow the plant to extend its weekly production capacity while, at the same time, reducing the amount of overtime work for the existing team members.

"We promised a world-class work environment when we came to Chattanooga," said Hans-Herbert Jagla, Executive Vice President of Human Resources. "That commitment, along with our confidence in the market strength of the Passat, allowed us to accelerate the implementation of our third team. We came to Tennessee with a commitment to hire 2,000 people and we are proud that we are now growing our team to over 3,000."

The plant, the world's only LEED certified Platinum factory, opened in May of 2011 and builds the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, which was named the Motor Trend Car of the Year and has earned several other distinctions, including being ranked as the "Best Family Car of 2012," by kbb.com, the online version of Kelley Blue Book.

"Congratulations to Volkswagen and Chattanooga," said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. "The partnership between Tennessee and Volkswagen has been beneficial to both and serves as the perfect example of the private sector and the public sector working together," Haslam said.

"These 800 new positions are a combination of production and support functions," said Jagla. "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, quality engineers, and professionals in a number of areas," Jagla said.

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 the people didn't want the jobs, they wouldn't take them. Since they are taking the jobs, getting paid and feeding their families, how is that not good for the country?
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        Because it doesnt increase the extortion and blackmail power of the union criminals, which is all that these union shills are really interested in, economics and properity be dammed.
      Slideways
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to see more jobs are made in the troubled states. I wish they can do the same at Mo-town and Flint too. Seems VW is right on ball with their "more for less" strategy. Hopefully this keeps up as well as other manufacturing plants in NA too.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slideways
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      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great news, indeed... and keeping people employed here. This news activates my "Like" button.
      Dolinger
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW Passat SE TDI With sunroof. I've driven this car since Jan 2 2012. It has averaged over 45 MPG for the first 3000 miles of winter driving. at 78 years of age I've owned more than 150 cars and have driven hundreds more. As a retired GE Aerospace Engineer I can truthfully say that this has been the most satisfing car this 6'3" frame has ever driven.
      hemipwr54
      • 2 Years Ago
      Union scumbags are after Volkswagen, so watch out, I for one am staying away from Union made products. Take my money by whining and begging and then when you get back on your feet spit in my face, no thanks, don't need them kind of people. BOYCOTT UNION MADE PRODUCTS, BUY AMERICAN NONUNION!
        New Shel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hemipwr54
        Absolutely, avoid what made American manufacturing great. If you haven't noticed, these plants are located in the South, the closest thing we have in the US to the third world. These states have high unemployment, lousy educational systems, and poor worker protections. The plants locate there to take advantage of low wages, and they want to keep wages low. Our families, communities, and children will be so much better off when Industry dictates wages, alone? If 30 years of declining wages won't wake you up, nothing will.
        Slideways
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hemipwr54
        Dude, your name is hemipwr. Their cars are built by the CAW/UAW. Contradictory much?
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          @Slideways
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        @hemipwr54
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        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        you're stupid if you think this cars popularity is an indicator of stupidity. What is wrong with this car?!
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. That's half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our politicians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!! If you buy a car or truck that is made by a foreign manufacturer then you are anti-american scum!!
        4gasem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        What's that make me? I bought a car that's made in Australia with an engine made in Mexico by a company run out of the USA... Hmm... Maybe just partial scum? I DO love my Pontiac G8 though... At lease it doesn't just blend in with the masses like these later vdubs do.
        arvig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Uh-huh. Okay Mike, post your figures. PROVE that the foriegn owned factories are paying half compared to the US owned factories? You comment ALSO ignores that every foreign make that has a dealership network and/or factories in the USA also has a US corporate office, which means..guess what, at least some of the profits go to that US corporate office even if foriegn owned, in order to maintain the jobs at said office in the USA. THIS IGNORES the FACT that the foreign makes doing business here also have US Citizens working in the US dealerships, and that EVERY US car maker also has FOREIGN factories that I'm sure pay a lot less then what a US factory worker makes in at least many if not most of the nations where they have factories. Finally, go look up Chrysler. If memory servers, over 50 percent of Chrysler is owned by..Fiat. An ITALIAN car company. Chrysler is practially a foreign make now. :P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @arvig
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        visconti24
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        What a narrow minded post! By your logic, then, Germans who drive Fords of Opels are anti-german scum? But a Ford truck made with a Brazilian motor and assembled in Toluca, Mexico with stamped parts from Thailand and Korea is, somehow, American? Is a Jeep assembled in Ohio by American workers considered American if the stampings are made in Canada by a Canadian-Austrian company, with tires made in the US by an "American" company owned by the Japanese? What if the company that makes the Jeep is mostly Italian? So, no product for you if the name of the company that makes it is foreign, but yes if it is an American company that assembles the product in another country with their workers and materials?
        g.seefried
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        YOU ARE A PROUD AMERICAN .!!!!! YOU GO TO WALMART AND BUY CHINA CRAP . THEY DON'T INVEST IN AMERICA THEY STEAHL YOUR JOB AND YOUR MONEY YOU DON'T HAVE . AMERICAN CAR WORKERS ARE OVERPAID NO REASON TO SLEEP ON THE JOB AND GET PAID $ 70.00 DOLLARS . THAT'S WHY THE AMERICAN !!!!! CARMAKER CAN NOT MAKE IT UP WITH THEM . OPEN YOUR EYS AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF WHATS OUT ON THE ROAD . THE QUESTION IS WHO IS THE SCUM ?????. YOU RATHER SIT AT HOME AND DRINK BEER AND LIVE OFF WELFARE .
        nurseballardrn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Since 2008, when the government ...Bush and Obama, bailed out GM and Chrysler. The wages for all UAW represented new hires was cut in half, to around $14.60 an hour. Slightly less than Toyota pays it's production workers in the U.S. However, high seniority line workers, still recieve close to $30.00 an hour. There is a two tier wage system now in UAW plants. Over time, as the older workers are bought out or retire, everyone will eventually recieve the lower $14.60 an hour rate. The difference in wages, between a big 3 plants and forigen imports, is no longer an issue, as it was just a few years ago. Also, the pensions and insurance benefis for retirees, comes from a trust fund, that's no longer funded or controlled by the automakers.
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Good for economy? That's how economy works. We Europeans buy American products daily, that goes for cars as well. The ABC of economics is that trading and competition increases productivity. Productivity is 50 higher than it was 100 years ago. USA itself has the dollar artifically put down like China compared to euro. Also European car manufacturers are happy to invest billions of euros to USA soil while Europe is going hard time probably for the next 1-8 years depending on the country. I have no real problem with above, but the kind of people like you make me think should i go all European then? It's just such a backward way of thinking, even more when you think the long history between Europe and North America.
          ThomasP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          +1 to you sir. Mike does not speak for all of us.
          Pdexter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          *50 times higher
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        @Mike
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        G_Rock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        If someone takes a job for half the rate, that is what that job is worth. If no one is willing to work for that wage, then the employer would have to raise the wage until they found employees willing to work. Keep in mind that this is semi-skilled labor that many people are capable of doing. Jobs are only worth a lot of money when few people are capable of performing them. The inflated salaries of the US auto worker were not representative of the difficulty of the work and the legacy costs weren't sustainable. And if you think that Bob King is out to help anyone but himself, I have a bridge for sale...
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope the UAW will not be allowed to get a foothold there.
        restoguy1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Unions made the middle class in America. And as the right wing has, and is continuing to marginalize unions , it is also shrinking the middle class.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @restoguy1
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          The_Zachalope
          • 2 Years Ago
          @restoguy1
          @Wrangler Detroit: A city which has three Fortune 500 within its city limits, makes cars, foods, beverages, and tools, an unemployment rate in line with the state average and not much higher than the national average, and a strangely large increase of 20-somethings moving from the suburbs to the city. Sounds like utter hell to me.
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          @restoguy1
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      en4j
      • 2 Years Ago
      good to hear that some people are getting jobs, just wondering why theres no news about the places that are firing people as well or is it that those stories aren't printed in an election year when a liberal is in the white house
        arvig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @en4j
        This is AOL Autos. It has nothing to do with a "liberal being in the white house". The only reason jobs are mentioned here is because an automaker is hiring, period. Notice the connection..automaker..AOL AUTOS. Has nothing to do with liberals, conservatives or any politician currently serving this nation, or any former politician either. I know for people like you it's hard to consider any other topic other then politics, but please..if you want to ramble on about politics, why not find..oh I don't know, one of the almost countless blogs on the Internet ABOUT politics?
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @en4j
        dip$hit. Companies are hiring, unemployment is falling, more people are re-entering the workforce, auto sales are up; all of this must have your bagger-panties up in a wad.
        Polly Prissy Pants
        • 2 Years Ago
        @en4j
        I hate encouraging the ignorant but maybe it's because when a company plans to hire a bunch of people they turn it into a giant PR ego boost, but when they secretly plan to eliminate just as many jobs through "attrition" and buy outs they'd rather you didn't know about it.
      kamdrgon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pfft! When I read the tag line, 800 workers - I wonder are they going to drive by Home Depot to pick the 800 out?
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW! I just don't get the attraction to this new line of V-dubs... Passat and Jetta are the worst they've looked in years! Too plain and everyday looking to me. I still like the Golf though...
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just in: Volkswagen dealerships hiring 8000 more mechanics to deal with breakdowns of increased sales.
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        A Volkswagen, especially anything with a Turbo, should never be the only car in a household.
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