Volkswagen Chattanooga Named Edison Green Award Gold Winner
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (29 April 2012) — Volkswagen Chattanooga has been awarded the prestigious Gold 2012 Edison Green Award, the highest honor among Green Award winners. The award recognizes “excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring the drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.” The Green Award specifically recognizes the environmental and sustainability achievements at Volkswagen Chattanooga.
Recently Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant received platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program. The facility is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the Platinum certification.
Representatives from the year-old manufacturing facility accepted the honor at the 25th annual Edison Awards Gala in New York City on April 26.
“The new factory in Chattanooga is an important cornerstone in Volkswagen’s worldwide ‘Think blue. Factory’ initative ” said Dr. Jan Spies, Head of Plant Structure Planning for Volkswagen AG in Germany. “The ‘Think blue.Factory’ initiative is Volkswagen’s worldwide commitment to improve its environmental efficiency in automotive manufacturing by 25% until 2018. We are honored to receive this award from an organization that prioritizes sustainable solutions and green business models.”
Edison Award nominees were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 individuals, including members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), an organization comprising America’s top marketing professionals and academics. The panel also included professionals from the fields of product development & design, engineering, science and education. Award nominees were judged against evaluation criteria that included concept, value, impact and delivery.
Prior to receiving the 2012 award, Volkswagen Chattanooga was named a finalist for the 2011 Edison Green Award. In 2011, the factory also received the Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award as well as Platinum LEED certification.
Volkswagen has committed to invest $4 billion in the US market, highlighted by its investment in Chattanooga. The Chattanooga facility recently announced it was expanding its workforce by 800 additional members, bringing the Chattanooga facility’s 2012 workforce increase to 1000, and the total employed at the facility to approximately 3,500 people. In January, Volkswagen opened its fifth regional sales office in Dallas to support its continued sales growth (sales for the brand are up over 40 percent so far in 2012); recently announced it will invest $40 million to build a warehouse in Roane County, Tenn. for distributing domestic auto parts for the Chattanooga-made Passat; and announced a multi-million dollar expansion of its Volkswagen Credit facility in Libertyville, Ill., which will add approximately 150 new jobs to the area.
About the Edison Awards
The 2012 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, USA Today, CSRware and applepeak. The Edison Awards are granted under the aegis of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University, a globally recognized research network dedicated to the study of innovation and its application in the 21st Century. For more information about the Edison Awards finalists, please visit www.edisonawards.com.
About Volkswagen Chattanooga
Volkswagen has invested $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and created more than 2,200 direct jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the new Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs related to the project. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility is the world’s first automotive manufacturer to receive platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The facility manufactures the all-new 2012 Passat sedan, specially designed for the North American market and winner of the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car of the Year award, Kelly Blue Books Family Car of the Year and Cars.com Best of 2012 award.