Volkswagen Chattanooga, personnel service provider preparing for the new wave of workers
Volkswagen Chattanooga is joining a new recruitment agency to hire many of the 1,000 additional employees it will need over the next year as the plant prepares for electric vehicles.
“We are hiring people for production, logistics, paint shops and body shops,” said Gray Nelson, branch manager of the Onin Group.
Onin is seeking assembly manufacturing workers with wage rates that start at $ 15.50 an hour and can go as high as $ 19.72 an hour.
“We’ll check them out when they come in and take them to one of these departments,” Nelson said.
VW also offers a paid training program for the first three weeks that allows workers to get used to the production line. VW will usually later convert workers to employees of the automaker.
Nelson said employees will have access to a number of benefits to support their physical and mental health.
“Workers need jobs that offer them more and enable them to be successful as a whole,” she said. “It’s about giving people the right tools to be successful, not just at work but in life too.”
Tom du Plessis, President and CEO of VW in Chattanooga, said workers will be needed to build the ID.4 battery-powered SUV and hire a third shift.
The latest wave of hires will bring the Chattanooga plant to more than 4,500 employees, with assembly of the five-passenger electric SUV beginning in the third quarter of next year.
“Volkswagen’s North American strategy is focused on the future,” du Plessis said this week to a group of journalists testing the ID.4 and touring an $ 800 million expansion for the plant’s body shop and a new battery assembly facility.
The plant is currently building the Atlas and Atlas Cross sports SUVs and the Passat sedan. But production of the Passat is to be discontinued in winter, as the plant will make room for more SUVs.
According to Volkswagen Group of America, Atlas sales this year are up more than 40,000 vehicles from last year. That helps get VW on track to sell more than 400,000 vehicles in total in the U.S. this year, according to the company, a volume not seen since the Beetle sold well.
Johan de Nysschen, Volkswagen Group’s chief operating officer for the North American region, said the company had not seen this level of sales “since the Beetle, the Saturday Night Fever and the disco.”
The company representative said VW was giving the market the SUVs it wanted.
“We have the right product for the market,” he said.
For the ID.4, which is now being built in Germany and will be launched on the US market at the beginning of the year, customers who drive vehicles with combustion engines will need to be converted, said de Nysschen.
“We think the ID.4 family is well positioned for this,” he said.
Birmingham, Alabama-based Onin Group has annual sales of more than $ 590 million, according to the company.
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