Volkswagen hosting job fair, looking to hire 1,000 new employees

Job fair to be hosted as speculation continues of potential second automobile plant in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — It’s an understatement to say that, right now, the folks at Volkswagen have been busy here in Chattanooga.

Speculations have begun to develop that an additional corporate plant could be coming to the Scenic City.

While this still isn’t confirmed, the company’s upcoming hiring fair this Saturday may add some fire to those rumors.

On Saturday, May 15, Chattanooga Volkswagen will host a job fair at their conference center on Volkswagen Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Amanda Plecas, the Head of Communications for Volkswagen Chattanooga, says the company is looking to hire 1,000 new workers with competitive salaries ahead of the release of the ID.4 — the company’s first all-electric vehicle.

“We have several different shops that we’re hiring for in the factory,” Plecas said. “Some shops have a second, third shift, first shift; some have a day and a night shift, so right now we’re hiring primarily for our second and third shift as well as our night shift.”

But the ID.4 is just the start for Volkswagen’s electric cars.

The company just recently confirmed they will bring back electric versions of the “Scout” SUVs and wagons from the 1960s and ’70s.

Scout will be sub-branded as a separate company.

With new vehicles on the horizon and more jobs needed locally, rumors of a new plant in the future here in Chattanooga may seem more legitimate to locals.

For now, though, they’re simply rumors.

“Right now, we’re focused on the launch of the ID.4 this summer,” Plecas said. “There’s nothing confirmed. This is speculation at this point.”

Speculations aside, Plecas says the company and Chattanooga both are growing.

For that reason, she encourages those in need of work to stop by Saturday’s job fair, saying it’s a “great time to be part of Volkswagen.”

“As we continue to grow in North America and Chattanooga, we need to grow our team,” Plecas said. “Volkswagen wants to be one of the most attractive employers in the area.”

Plecas says starting pay for many of the company’s new positions is $24.40 an hour, but some employees could make as much as $33 an hour.

In addition to speculations over a new automobile plant, it’s also been rumored that a new battery plant could be built, as well.

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