Volkswagen woos suppliers owned by minorities and women
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
Volkswagen is seeking more suppliers owned by minorities or women for its lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.
The German automaker held a minority supplier trade show this week, attracting about 60 interested companies from as far away as Michigan.
KeeKee Mathis, the supplier diversity manager for the Chattanooga plant, said Volkswagen has a 10 percent purchasing target from minority or female-owned suppliers. She says company spent about $146 million last year on contracts with minority-owned companies.
Nearly 3,500 people work at the Volkswagen plant, which produces the new seven-seat Atlas SUV and the midsized Passat sedan. The facility began producing vehicles in 2011.