Volkswagen North America is adding a third team to boost weekly Chattanooga, Tenn. plant operations to 120 hours, up 40 hours from current levels. The company is conducting a national search to fill the most specialized of 1,000 new jobs.
VW plans to hire locally as much as possible, but the more than 100 new jobs requiring specialized experience call for casting a wider net. (maintenance technicians, manufacturing engineers and logistics supervisors).
Volkswagen’s $1 billion investment in its Chattanooga plant, which opened last spring, puts the company closer to the American consumer — a market crucial in its quest to become the world’s No. 1 automaker.
In the first two months of the year, Volkswagen sold 14,500 Passat sedans in the U.S. market.
VW has said it will sell more than 500,000 vehicles, including Audi models, in 2012, and wants to increase its U.S. sales to 1 million vehicles by 2018.
The company sold 8.156 million vehicles globally in 2011—a 14 percent rise over the previous year. Leaders have said they want to sell 10 million vehicles worldwide by 2018.