Volkswagen Factory Could Make Wiregrass New Home

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Everyone is feeling the pinch at the pump; in the grocery stores, and some are even losing their jobs.

Many blame the economy, but that may soon change if a major automobile company plants its business in the Wiregrass.

David Davis just moved to Dothan from San Antonio, Texas, and though he hasn't lost his job because of the economy, he has seen the benefits of having an automobile plant move into the area.

"The Toyota plant that just started, has helped a whole community on the south side of town; it’s brought up the south side of town, plus jobs are coming in," Davis said.

Alabama is in the running for having the Volkswagen plant come to the Wiregrass.

Michigan and Tennessee are the other frontrunners.

Houston Co. Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, "Regardless of whether it were to locate in Houston County or Dale County or wherever, it would certainly benefit us and we're going to do everything we can to make a good presentation on it."

Culver says he is elated the Wiregrass is in the running for the factory, saying with it, will bring opportunities for the community. "It would be good jobs that others in the state of Alabama have been able to get and we're just excited to be considered."

Davis agrees and says the opportunity will open a number of doors for the community he's already fallen in love with.

Now, it's not set in stone that the Volkswagen plant is even coming to the states.

The German automaker says it would make a final decision on that.

Culver added having the I-10 intersection connector would increase the likelihood of the plant coming to the Wiregrass.

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  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Apr 25, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    Alabama is a non union low wage state so all these foreign car companys come down south to see which state will sell their soul to have them.
  • by DOTHAN Location: B'HAM on Apr 25, 2008 at 09:03 AM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    More Jobs in this area would be great,,But you can bet there will be Tax Incentives to VW or any other company that may decide to come to this area. The Citizens will make up for the loss in Taxes,but over all many jobs will be created.
  • by beverly Location: headland on Apr 24, 2008 at 10:34 PM
    oh i hope that it does come to the wiregrass,we need more jobs,oh lord we do.
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