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Sales success for Volkswagen could mean expansion for the car company’s new Southeast Regional Distribution Center in Roane County.
Adam Randall, a parts operation specialist for Volkswagen, said the 459,000-square-foot facility was built to support the company’s goal of selling 1 million vehicles – 800,000 Volkswagens and 200,000 Audis – in the United States by 2018.
“Probably beyond that point we would consider, yes, knocking out that back wall,” Randall said. “I think we have another 200,000 feet in back that we could add on if we needed to.”
If last month’s sales results are any indication, achieving that 2018 goal won’t be easy.
Volkswagen reported 36,957 units delivered in June, which the company said was a 3.2 percent decrease over prior-year sales.
Despite the decrease, Volkswagen President and CEO Jonathan Browning said the company reached a number of sales milestones in June.
“Including our best-ever TDI Clean Diesel sales, a strong indication of our leadership in this area and growing consumer demand for our fuel efficient technologies,” Browning was quoted in a company press release.
“While we are cautious in terms of the economic outlook, we expect our sales pace to remain steady in the second-half of the year as we gear up for our Model Year 2014 vehicle introductions with significant updates.”
The $40 million regional distribution center is in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park in the eastern section of the county.
It will serve as both a redistribution center and a parts distribution center.
“The building is set up to be very versatile, so that we can manage a number of different events out of here if we needed to,” Randall said.
Volkswagen also said the regional distribution center will expedite the delivery of parts to more than 110 dealers in the surrounding regions.