Plastic Omnium Expands in Chattanooga
-Project: Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors plant expansion
-Location: 3241 Hickory Valley Road, Enterprise South industrial park
-General contractor: Gray Construction, Lexington, Ky.
-Size: 16,359-square-foot addition, according to city of Chattanooga building permit
-Investment: $2.49 million in permits issued for project to date
-Schedule: Construction began last year and should be completed in 2018
-History: Plastic Omnium built a $70 million production plant in Chattanooga in 2015 to supply the nearby Volkswagen auto assembly factory. The supplier plant was built on a 27-acre tract and aimed at making bumpers and fenders for the Passat sedan. It later won a contract to produce bumpers for the new Atlas sport utility vehicle. Plans were to eventually employ about 300 people.
Company officials said they wanted the plant to also service other auto manufacturers in the South.
Plastic Omnium received a 10-year property tax break from the city's Industrial Development Board for its original plant that is expected to provide about $2.9 million tax savings for the company, officials have said.
Photo & Article by Mike Pare, Times Free Press