Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Lauded in national publications as the U.S. city with the most economic potential, Chattanooga, Tennessee and its surrounding region has attracted nearly $6 billion in capital investment in the last several years, creating jobs in a range of industries. These investments define the region’s five high-growth business sectors: automotive, manufacturing, energy, customer care centers and food and beverage. Volkswagen chose Chattanooga as the location for their first and only manufacturing plant in the United States in 2008, resulting in a $1 billion foreign direct investment. Then in 2014, Volkswagen announced an additional investment of $600 million to build its new SUV model in the U.S., resulting in a new capital investment of $600 million and 2,000 new jobs. The announcement attracted automotive suppliers immediately thereafter, such as French-owned manufacturer Plastic Omnium, with a $70 million investment and 300 new jobs in 2014, Chinese-owned manufacturer Yanfeng, with a $55 million investment and 325 jobs in 2015, and Spanish-owned manufacturer Gestamp with a $180 million investment and 510 jobs.
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Lindsay Hiatt
Project Manager

Charles Wood
Vice President, Economic Development

Amanda Ellis
Coordinator, Communications and Marketing

811 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Fax : 423-267-7242

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Foreign Trade Zone Number 134

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 134 includes all of Hamilton, Marion, Grundy, Warren, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs, Bradley, Polk and McMinn Counties. It allows flexibility in the designation of subzones and usage-driven FTZ sites and encourages trade-related manufacturing and distribution activity. The FTZ provides relief from inverted tariff rates for companies regularly importing to the U.S. in high volumes, reducing importing costs and simplifying processes for more efficient inventory control systems.