Chattanooga Volkswagen deal is as dead as Hitler!

By Sinclere Lee

Prodded by an article in “Black News” that created a firestorm over talk-radio in Chattanooga, crooked city and county officials finally got the nerve to question Frank Fischer, CEO, of Volkswagen about their plans to build an assembly in the city — even when the automobile industry is in an economic freefall.

At a meeting this week regarding the progress of the new Chattanooga facility, company official were able to convince the powers-that-be in this area that they still had intention to bring VW to the scenic-city.

Fischer, in the interview seemed to be lying through his teeth, yet he insists that, "2009 will be a big year for Volkswagen in Chattanooga, and I am pleased with the continued progress we have made at the plant. With the formation of the manufacturing company, the architectural renderings and construction set to begin on the paint shop, we are well on track to meet all our scheduled milestones.

"Our commitment to manufacturing in the U.S. is reinforced at the highest levels of our company. The Chattanooga facility is a critical part of our 2018 strategy and will be a benchmark for all future plants across the company," that liar said.

When you view the architectural renderings of the plant, it shows an integrated assembly, paint and body shop, in addition to a full scale training center located immediately adjacent to the facility.

The training center, developed in conjunction with Chattanooga State Community College will include a lean/corporate training center, a basic training center focused on the production processes, an advanced training center focused on the automotive components, an apprenticeship-training center and a conference center. The training facility is scheduled to be completed by the 3rd quarter of 2009.

He also said that progress also continues for hiring and supplier procurement, and that additional equipment procurement for the paint shop has been issued, and more than 10 meetings with additional suppliers have been set for this week alone.

"In a tough economic climate, Volkswagen is pleased to be bringing jobs and investment to Tennessee," Mr. Fischer said. "We appreciate the commitment from our state and local partners and look forward to an eventful year."

With an 18 percent freefall in automobile sales for the U.S. market in 2008, and shut downs of auto plants across the world, especially in the U.S., it is hard to believe that VW officials are no more than big liars.

The plant when built is suppose create 2,000 jobs in the region, and according to studies, it’s expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs over the life of the project. While all of that sounds well and good, cowardly, stupid official who attended the meeting forgot to ask two overriding questions that are on every citizen’s mind:

1. What is the exact day and time of the grownbreaking in March? That question as never been asked or answered.

2. How many of the 2,000 jobs the plant will create in the region will go to people of Chattanooga? This is a question that is on everybody’s mind, and one that the city and county officials are too stupid or too cowardly to ask.

Fischer said the local plant will build a new mid-size sedan designed specifically for the U.S. market and is destined to play a key role in meeting the company's long-term goals.

Start of production is slated for early 2011, with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles, 30 percent of which will be powered by Volkswagen's TDI clean diesel technology. He said the mid-sized sedan to be built in Chattanooga "is a beautiful car" that will get up to 55 miles per gallon.

All this is a bunch of lies and garbage coming from city and county who apparently took taxpayer’s money, under the table, and are in a conspiracy of silence to cover-up that fact that the Volkswagen deal is as dead as Hitler!

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