Senator Blackburn Issues Statement on Growth of Automobile Manufacturing Industry in Tennessee

January 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Volkswagen announced its Chattanooga facility will be the company's North American base of operations for manufacturing electric vehicles beginning in 2022. The company will invest $800 million into the facility, adding 1,000 jobs at the plant with the opportunity for additional jobs through suppliers. 

This follows General Motors’ announcement yesterday that it will produce its new Cadillac XT6 crossover in Spring Hill. The Middle Tennessee location is the product of an over $2 billion investment since 2010. It is the largest GM facility in North America at 7.1 million square feet and has brought 3,400 jobs to the area. 

"Volkswagen and General Motors’ decisions are further proof that Tennessee workers and our business friendly climate create a great place for jobs growth," said Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). "These decisions will each benefit their respective regions tremendously. Volkswagen and GM are to be commended for choosing Tennessee and we look forward to seeing the increase in production."