Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Lauded in national publications as the U.S. city with the most economic potential, Chattanooga, Tennessee has attracted nearly $6 billion in capital investment in the last several years, creating jobs in a range of industries, despite the recession. These investments define 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 and attracting automotive suppliers immediately thereafter. One such supplier is French-owned manufacturer Plastic Omnium, which announced a $70 million investment in 2014 to expand their operations to Chattanooga, bringing an additional 300 new jobs and the ability to supply other regional auto manufacturers. Most recently this year, Volkswagen announced an additional investment of $600 million to build its new SUV model in the U.S., resulting in an additional capital investment of $600 million and 2,000 new jobs.
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Amanda Ellis
Coordinator, Communications and Marketing

Lindsay Hiatt
Project Manager

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.