Sites Vie for Possible Volkswagen Plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Automotive analysts and experts expect Volkswagen to consider sites in Chattanooga, the Clarksville area and northern Alabama for a possible new U.S. assembly plant.

The three sites have been certified as automotive manufacturing megasites by the Tennessee Valley Authority's site-selection consulting firm, McCallum Sweeney of Greenville, S.C.

Volkswagen announced last week it's looking at Alabama, Michigan or Tennessee as possible locations to build the plant.

Lured by incentive packages, an eager work force and a lack of unions, several Southern states have attracted automotive plants during the past two decades, including Tennessee.

Tennessee is the home of Nissan Motor Co.'s North American headquarters near Nashville and has plants in Smyrna and Decherd. The state also has a General Motors Corp. assembly plant in Spring Hill.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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