Volkswagen seeks to increase planned expansion by 25 percent

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Posted: Apr 06, 2015 9:04 AM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Ggptwe) documents show the automaker wants to add an additional 130,153 square feet to the original expansion, 25 percent more than first planned. The additional expansion will add about $18 million to the $900 million project.

VW plant spokesman Scott Wilson said the company has decided to increase the size of the body shop to accommodate future production needs. He said that doing that now will save money and give VW flexibility as it makes changes to the way it assembles vehicles.

VW is scheduled to go before a local industrial development board on Tuesday to seek permission for the new expansion proposal.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com