HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The decision by Volkswagen to build a car plant in Tennessee was a blow to a section of north Alabama that had hoped to offset the shutdown of a Delphi plant with the arrival of the German automaker.
But along with the disappointment over the economic loss, some met Tuesday's news with relief that their rural lifestyle would not be disrupted by a massive factory set down amid lush, rolling farmland.
Volkswagen's board decided to locate the plant and its work force near Chattanooga.
Athens Mayor Dan Williams, whose city would have benefited if VW had picked a nearby site, said he still hopes to get some Volkswagen suppliers. The city has been struggling over Delphi's plan to close its Athens plant by next March.
Governor Riley thanked VW for considering a north Alabama site that would have made it the fourth foreign automaker to put an assembly plant in the state.
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