NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Volkswagen is conducting a national search to fill the most specialized of 1,000 new jobs at its Chattanooga plant.
The German automaker said Monday it is using a national print and online advertising campaign to fill specialty positions, including maintenance technicians, manufacturing engineers and logistics supervisors.
Officials stress that VW seeks to hire locally as much as possible, but the more than 100 new jobs requiring specialized experience call for casting a wider net.
Were looking in Michigan and were looking in the South, said Hans-Herbert Jagla, vice president for human resources for Volkswagen Chattanooga. Were quite attractive at VW, and we hope we can get really good people to help.
The ads seek to make the Chattanooga location a selling point.
Thanks to the fact that our plant is located in one of Americas most up-and-coming towns, our employees arent just building great cars, theyre building great lives as well, according to one of Volkswagens print ads that are scheduled to run through July.
Volkswagen AG, the worlds second-largest car company, began building Passat sedans at the $1 billion plant a year ago.
The company is adding a third team to boost weekly plant operations to 120 hours, up 40 hours from current levels.
Volkswagen sold about 23,000 Passats in the U.S. last year, an 83 percent increase over 2010. This years sales already have surpassed last years.
Through March, VW has sold 24,539 Passats, according to Autodata Corp.
Jonathan Browning, the president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said at the announcement of the new shift team last month that the extra workforce will help the plant ramp up and be able to produce 170,000 vehicles next year.