Volkswagen to Hire 600

Direct Hiring Plan in Chattanooga Part of VW's $800M Expansion


Volkswagen’s operation in Chattanooga, Tennessee wants to grow by 600 employees and company officials have set up a direct application process to attract new line workers.

The hiring comes with Volkswagen’s $800 million expansion in Chattanooga, aiming to boost production of SUVs and electrified vehicles. The company will begin accepting applications March 23 at for jobs primarily on the second and third shifts, starting at $19 an hour.

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With overtime, production workers can make as much as $46 an hour, VW officials have said, while maintenance and repair workers can top $58 an hour with overtime.

The company employs about 3,800 workers currently at the complex. That number will grow to more than 4,000 as the new hires come onboard.

“As we continue to grow our Tennessee operations as Volkswagen’s North American hub for electric vehicle manufacturing, we must also grow our team,” says Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “We are looking for capable people who can work in a team environment to build our vehicles safely and with the highest attention to quality.”

The hiring comes as VW sees a global uptick in demand for its products, particularly its popular seven-seat Atlas SUV. VW hasn’t done direct hiring for more than 10 years, generally getting its employees after they’ve done a stint with employment contractor Aerotek. The new jobs will be in the body, assembly and paint shops, as well as in quality and logistics.

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