Job Seekers Flood VW's Tennessee Plant with Applications

By Michelle Krebs November 17, 2009

More than 65,000 job seekers submitted applications to work at Volkswagen's new plant in Volkswagen logo - 80.JPGChattanooga, Tenn., the local newspaper there reported. The plant intends to hire 2,000 workers total; the first will be come onboard in the spring with hiring extending into 2011.

Volkswagen is investing about $1 billion in the new plant, which starts production in 2011 building a midsize sedan, including a diesel-powered version.

During the three-week period since Oct. 26, more than 35,000 people applied for production team member positions at the new plant and another 30,000 applied for skilled maintenance and professional positions, the Chattanoogan.com reported. Volkswagen closed its job application line on Sunday.

"We are overwhelmed by the response, and we are very satisfied with the result. It gives us the confidence that we will be able to hire all the capable and flexible people we need 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.

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