Volkswagen to Temporarily Shut Down Chattanooga Plant

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant will be shut down for one week starting on March 21. The plant will reopen on March 29.

“This action is being taken to help ensure the health and safety of our team members as we conduct additional sanitation and cleaning procedures throughout the factory,” wrote VW in a statement. “We will also use this time to assess future production plans and market developments.”

Volkswagen joins many other automakers in the shutdown, though its suspension will be notably shorter than those taken by GM, Ford, and Chrysler. The American big three are shutting down their plants for two weeks following calls from workers made through the United Auto Workers union, which does not represent VW’s American workers.

That said, VW will offer factory staff full pay during the shutdown period. Those who can work from home are being asked to do so.

Audi’s Mexican plant, meanwhile, announced it would shut down for two weeks, though its stated reason for the shut down was a lack of parts. No word on parts availability from VW.

Nearly all of the Volkswagen Group’s European plants will be closing for two weeks following pressure from workgroups there.

Chattanooga currently produces the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, and the Passat. No word yet on whether or not VW’s Puebla plant, which produces the Jetta, the Tiguan, and the Golf, will be affected.