Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) said Tuesday that it will invest $40 million to build a warehouse in Roane County, Tenn. for distributing domestic auto parts for the Chattanooga-made Passat.
The 400, 000-square-foot center is expected to open a year from now and employ up to 45 people by 2016.
The redistribution master depot will support the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the company said. The parts distribution operation will improve service parts delivery times to over 100 dealers in the surrounding regions, it said.
Rawdon Glover, executive vice president of aftersales for Volkswagen Group of America, stated that “being centrally located, Roane County is a great location and gives us the ability to quickly distribute parts — creating an even better experience for our growing customer base.”
Volkswagen first announced its plans in 2008 to produce a new midsize sedan specifically for the North American consumer at its $1 billion plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Completed in 2011; the plant produces the all-new Passat, and is one of the most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plants in the world.