Volkswagen Group of America recently celebrated the grand opening of the $40 million Southeast Regional Distribution Center (SERDC) in Roane County, Tenn. The facility will begin as a redistribution center to service warehouses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Germany. Later it will expand to include a parts distribution center which will help improve service parts order delivery times to over 110 dealers in the surrounding regions.
“This new facility serves as tangible proof of the clear commitment that Volkswagen Group of America has to meet the needs of our dealers and our growing customer base,” said Anu Goel, Vice President of Parts and Vehicle Logistics, Volkswagen Group of America. “Our continued investment in the U.S. market affirms that Volkswagen Group of America is dedicated to the communities in which we do business.”
Highlighting its commitment to the North American market, Volkswagen Group plans to invest more than $5 billion in North America over the next three years in new products, technologies and infrastructure aimed at helping the company reach its long-term goals for the region.
“I want to thank Volkswagen for this new facility and all that it means to Roane County and Tennessee,” said Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam. “Focusing on growth in existing companies is an important part of our strategy, and we appreciate the additional investment in our state.”
“I am proud to be here today to celebrate Volkswagen’s $40 million global distribution center in Roane County, and want to thank the auto company for investing in our community,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody. “Our residents here are friendly, and our workforce energized and loyal. Volkswagen’s choice of Roane County was not only a good choice, but the right choice.”
Volkswagen’s Think Blue environmental sustainability efforts have enabled the 459,000-plus square-foot warehouse to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. The building’s eco-conscious features include superior insulation, water efficient landscaping, and sourcing regional materials in construction.
The Southeast Regional Distribution Center marks Volkswagen’s fifth building in the United States to achieve LEED certification and the first among Volkswagen’s warehouses. The others includeVolkswagen’s Headquarters in Herndon, Va.; the Volkswagen Chattanooga Manufacturing Factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Volkswagen’s Electronic Research Lab (ERL) in Belmont, Calif.; and Volkswagen’s Test Center California (TCC) in Oxnard, Calif.