Many local officials in Northwest Georgia were anticipating big annoucements from Volkswagon and Volkswagon suppliers by the end of this year. Yet, as the end of the year fast approaches, not much has been said about just where supplier will be located.
Chattooga, Walker, Dade and Cattoosa Counties are all hopeful that at least some of the suppliers for Volkswagon will be located in Northwest Georgia.
Earlier last week State Senator Jeff Mullis, who is also the head of the Northwest Georgia Developmental Authority said, "We would have thought by this point we would have known who they had chosen," Sen. Mullis said Thursday that the authority’s biggest accomplishment for the year was generating international interest in the region, but the biggest disappointment was not hearing more from Volkswagen.
Development Authority board Chairman Butch Eleam said 2009 was a year of furious activity sparked by the Volkswagen announcement in 2008. Eleam told the Chattanooga Times Free Press: "It’s all made us work harder…"We’ve probably accomplished in one year what would have taken two or three."
Both he and Vice Chairman Al Hutchison said they had anticipated knowing more about suppliers by this point, but they said they were not privy to the German automaker’s plans. Production is expected to begin at VW’s Chattanooga plant in 2011.