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Chattanooga Changemakers Sept. 28, 2010 and Oct. 12, 2010
Chattanooga Changemakers May 25, 2010
AirNet Group is a national leader in high performance technology and internet connectivity. The company's broadcast email and other communications services have been utilized in a number of national political campaigns. AirNet is also responsible for establishing a free, mesh network on Chattanooga's waterfront and downtown parks.
Terenine recently established Tennessee's First Tier III Design Certified Data Center, which it utilizes to deliver a variety of I.T. services including an impressive suite of cloud computing solutions.
Serving 2 million customers, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is the state's largest insurance provider. As such, the company handles massive amounts of data and has established a track-record for innovation and technology implementation. The company has funded a web-based patient records venture. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is also one of several major companies that maintain a world-class data center in Chattanooga.
Currently, the Volkswagen Group is the third-largest automaker in the world. The Group is made up of eight brands from six European countries: Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Volkswagen American sales goal is 1 million cars by 2018.
Gestamp has invested $90 million to establish a new automotive parts stamping operation to supply Volkswagen in Chattanooga. The company is creating 230 new jobs.
Chattanooga Seating systems is joint venture of Magna Seating, an operating group of Magna International, and Hollingsworth International, a leading provider of industrial supply chain management, to Volkswagen with complete seat systems for the new Passat. The new operation is creating 120 jobs.
In 2010, Alstom started-up a new facility in Chattanooga to manufacture the massive turbines used in power generation. The $300 million facility is LEED certified and will employ nearly 400 people. Alstom chose Chattanooga citing the city's centralized proximity to nuclear-license application sites and river, rail, and road connectivity capable of handling even the largest components.
Schaaf Industrie, one of Europe's largest manufacturers of wind power generation equipment, purchased and expanded a Chattanooga-based maker of wind towers last year. The newly renamed SIAG Aerisyn doubled the size of its workforce to 240 workers and is shipping its products to wind farm construction sites all over the Eastern half of the United States.