Sen. Corker: There’s More Than Meets The Eye On VW Expansion Talks

Senator Bob Corker has been involved with Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee since initial negotiations to build the Chattanooga plant. He frequently tells crowds that the details of the deal were hashed out around his dining room table. Credit: TN Photo Services

Senator Bob Corker has been involved with Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee since initial negotiations to build the Chattanooga plant. He frequently tells crowds that the details of the deal were hashed out around his dining room table. Credit: TN Photo Services

While Volkswagen still has not made an expansion announcement regarding its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says he is as hopeful as ever.

The former Chattanooga mayor promised the company would add an SUV assembly line if workers rejected unionization, which they did in February.

“I have no indication that things are different than we thought before the election. It does take a while to get everybody back together and moving ahead, but there is more happening than meets the eye.” – Bob Corker

Quoting an unnamed source, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported a decision on where to build an SUV could come as early as Monday. Corker said he didn’t know who was talking to the paper, but he didn’t think the decision would come that soon.

Last week, Governor Bill Haslam said the state had not resumed meetings with VW regarding incentives. A $300 million package of tax breaks and cash was pulled ahead of the union vote.

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