Volkswagen Group of America says it has received 65,000 applications for about 2,000 jobs at its new U.S. assembly plant under construction in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
VW is spending $1 billion in Chattanooga and expects to start building a new mid-sized sedan in 2011. The factory will have annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.
VW said last week that it had received about 30,000 applications for skilled and maintenance workers. It received an additional 35,000 applications for assembly jobs during a three-week recruitment window that ended Nov. 15.
Kia Motors Corp. also has been flooded with applications for jobs at its new factory in West Point, Georgia.
Kia says it expects 43,000 applications next year when it begins filling 1,200 slots for a second shift at the newly opened plant.
On Nov. 16, the Kia plant launched commercial production with a single shift of 1,200 newly trained workers earning $14.90 to $20.80 an hour building Sorento crossovers.
In the first round of hiring, Kia was inundated with 43,000 job applications.
The $1 billion plant has been in pre-production for several weeks. The company wants to produce 300,000 vehicles a year at West Point.