VW boosts U.S. plant output, adds 200 jobs image

Volkswagen AG plans to boost output of the Passat at the new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by 13 percent and add 200 jobs in the process.

The German automaker will increase production of its U.S.-spec Passat from 31 to 35 cars per hour. According to Volkswagen, the new jobs will be integrated into the plant’s current two-shift operation and will be filled by full-time employees.

Currently, the plant employs 2,000 people, with an additional 500 workers being employed by Aerotek, VW’s staffing partner. The 200 new jobs will be for production, supervisor and engineer positions. According to the plant’s human resources manager Ryan Rose, many Aerotek employees will get the VW jobs, with that obviously resulting in openings at Aerotek.

Opened in 2011, the $1 billion plant is crucial for VW’s plan to boost annual U.S. sales of its core brand to 800,000 by 2018. Volkswagen brand sales in the U.S. hit 324,402 units last year, up 26 percent from 256,830 in 2010. The overall U.S. car market rose 10 percent.