September 6, 2007
German automaker, Volkswagen, announced Thursday that they would move their North American headquarters from Michigan to Virginia.
The move from Auburn Hills, Michigan to Herndon will begin in April 2008 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. The company said that 600 of its 1,400 employees in Auburn Hills would remain to work at a call center and in technical services positions.
About 400 jobs will be transferred to Virginia, and about 150 employees in Michigan are expected to move from Herndon. Volkswagen officials say the remaining positions would be cut.
"This move is part of our company's new corporate strategy of connecting even more closely with our customers, and encouraging
fresh ideas and bold thinking," Volkswagen of America President
and CEO Stefan Jacoby said in a statement.
Governor Kaine authorized incentives worth $6 million to bring Volkswagen to northern Virginia. He said the state's skilled workers and proximity to Dulles International Airport were significant factors in luring the company.
Volkswagen AG is the world's fourth largest producer of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker.
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