Roane County, TN - Home To Volkswagen's New Southeastern Regional Distribution Center

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Roane County, TN is now the home of Volkswagen's new Southeastern Regional Distribution Center (SERDC), officially opened on June 25, 2013.

This new facility is the only silver LEED-certified distribution facility in the world. 

The 459,000-plus square foot facility was built on 54.6 acres on Industrial Park Road at the entrance to Roane Regional Business and Technology Park (RRBTP) on I-40 (Exit #362).

The Volkswagen Group of America’s Roane facility will be used at first as a redistribution center (RDC) servicing warehouses but will then become a parts distribution center (PDC), serving more than 100 dealers in the surrounding regions as well as the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  Volkswagen anticipates employing approximately 45 people at the Roane facility by 2014.
  The grand opening was held on June 25, 2013 inside the new facility.  Shown in the photo (l-r): John Kutz, Volkswagen Group of America; Axel Schulte-Huermann, Volkswagen Group of America; Roane County Executive Ron Woody; TN Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey; (can not be seen) State Senator Ken Yager and State Representative Kent Calfee; and Anu Goel, Volkswagen Group of America
more grand opening photos below
  The groundbreaking was held on March 13, 2012.  Shown in the photo (l-r):  Whitfield Hamilton, Panattoni Construction; Congressman Chuck Fleischmann; Roane County Executive Ron Woody; Tennessee Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey; Executive Vice President of Aftersales Rawdon Glover, Volkswagen Group of America; and David Webb, Roane County Industrial Board.

Built on-time and under budget in a place that we can truly call home.  We are delighted with our new partner Roane County.
Anu Goel, Vice-President, Parts and Vehicle Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America, June 25, 2013

...we have been delighted with our new partner, Roane County, and their "can-do" attitude...we have been
embraced by the local business community and are excited to be an important addition to the local economy.

Rawdon Glover, executive vice president of aftersales
Volkswagen Group of America, March 13, 2012

Regional Distribution Center Facts


Site plan 
The PDC will distribute parts to approximately 122 Volkswagen and Audi dealers in Southeast Region.  

The RDC will support US, Canada, Mexico - firstVolkswagen U.S. facility exporting parts globally  

The RDC will distribute all New Passat domestic parts

The New PDC will provide warehouse space for forecasted market sales growth 


  • Roane Regional Business and Technology Park (RRBTP)    
  • Kingston, Tennessee    
  • County: Roane    
  • Acreage: VWGoA Site - 54.6 acres    
  • Location fronts the interstate (I-40); only 5 minutes from the I-75 corridor site; bordered to the north by the Clinch River and to the south by Interstate 40    
  • vw site plan (pdf)


  • New PDC will bring a minimum of 45 new plant jobs to the area    
  • Estimated construction labor employment impact to exceed $10 million    
  • Construction workforce timeline (approx 1 year):    
    • An average of 55 onsite; 28 offsite for approximately six months of project    
    • In peak time, an average of 110 onsite and 56 offsite for approximately six months
  • Continued economic stimulus and development for Tennessee, along with Chattanooga facility that employs 2,700 employees


  • 400,000 Square Feet (37,161 Square Meters)    
  • One operation supporting two functions, Redistribution Center and Parts Distribution Center.      
  • Construction Management: Panattoni Construction, based in Nashville, TN


  • $40 million Volkswagen Group of America investment


  • Anticipated completion: Spring 2013


  • Headquartered in Herndon, VA    
  • U.S. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., a LEED Platinum certified facility - recently announced 200 additional jobs, adding to the total with 2,700 jobs
  • In 2011, the Volkswagen Group sold 444,192 vehicles in the U.S., a 23.3 percent increase from 2010 - best sales year since 2002    
  • In 2011, the Volkswagen Group sold over $1.19 billion worth of parts to our dealer network    
  • 4,300 corporate, subsidiary and regional team members      
  • 30,000 dealer team members    
  • 10,000 more supplier-related jobs   
  • 940 dealer locations in all 50 states    
  • 20 corporate/subsidiary locations    
  • 11 regional dealer support offices    

I couldn’t be more pleased that Volkswagen has chosen Roane County to be the site of their new Southeastern distribution facility. It announces to the region, the state, the nation and the world that Roane County is not only open for business - but it also confirms that Roane County, TN has an unmatched location for national and worldwide distribution and that we are very competitive in recruiting businesses and industries worldwide.  We appreciate VW’s confidence in us and our workforce – and certainly appreciate their investment in our community. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them for many years to come.
Ron Woody, Roane County Executive

 Grand Opening



Groundbreaking & Construction Photos:


Links to media reports about the grand opening:


Volkswagen Breaks Ground on Innovation Valley Parts Distribution Center
Auto Success, February 21, 2014

VW's regional distribution center operating in Tennessee, October 11, 2013

Volkswagen Group of America Demonstrates Further Investment in North America
LAcarGUY News blog, July 9, 2013

VW opens new $40-million logistics center in Roane County, Tennessee, June 27, 2103

Volkswagen Opens LEED-Certified Distribution Center in Tennessee
New Equipment Digest, June 27, 2013

Volkswagen Opens $40 Million Logistics Center in Tennessee
World Industrial Reporter, June 27, 2013

Officials celebrate opening of $40 million Volkswagen distribution center in Roane County
Oak Ridge Today, June 26, 2013

Volkswagen Opens News Tennessee Distribution to Keep Up with US Demand, June 26, 2013

Volkswagen opens $40M distribution centre in Tennessee
Canadian Manufacturing, June 26, 2013

Global round up: Bosporus Shuttle, VW opens PDC, CP cuts time cross country, Rolfo updates Ego, Dealer satisfaction survey
Automotive Logistics, June 26, 2013

VW opens regional distribution center in Tenn.
The Associated Press, June 25, 2013

VW opens regional distribution center in Roane Co., June 25, 2013

Volkswagen opens new distribution center in Roane County, June 25, 2013

Lenoir City welcomes VW regional distribution center, June 25, 2013

$40 million VW center opens in Roane County, Tenn., June 25, 2013

VW opens new Roane distribution center, June 25, 2013

VW Platinum Auto Plant from Future Rises in Tennessee to Speed Passat Parts Delivery
Supply Chain 247, June 25, 2013

Volkswagen Group of America Continues Further Investment in Tennessee
Automaker Opens LEED Silver-Certified Re-Distribution Facility in Roane County to Support Continued Growth in the United States, June 25, 2013

VW opens regional distribution center in Tenn.
Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 25, 2013

VW opens logistics center in Tenn. to speed Passat parts delivery
Automotive News, June 25, 2013

Volkswagen Expands U.S. Presence, Creates Jobs For American Workers
Auto Alliance

VW opens regional distribution center in Tenn.
Contra Costa Times, June 25, 2013




Links to media reports about ground breaking:

Volkswagen Plans $40 Million Distribution Center in Roane County, Tennessee
Area Development Online, March 20, 2012

VW warehouse will be a boon for ET, Knoxville News Sentinel, March 19, 2012

Volkswagen breaks ground on distribution center, March 19, 2012

Volkswagen selects Roane County for distribution center site,
Business & Heritage Clarksville, March 19, 2012

Volkswagen breaks ground on $40-million Innovation Valley Park Distribution Center, March 18, 2012

Volkswagen Breaks Ground on Innovation Valley Parts Distribution Center,
Trade & Industry Development, March 16, 2012

Volkswagen to build warehouse near large Tennessee Passat plant
Progressive Rail Roading, March 15, 2012

Roane made hefty investment to land VW warehouse
German American Chambers of Commerce, March 14, 2012

Volkswagen to invest $40m in new Tennessee facility,
Automotive Business Review, March 14, 2012

Volkswagen To Invest $40 Million In New Warehouse In Tennessee
INAUTONEWS, March 14, 2012

Volkswagen Announces Expanded Investment in its U.S. Operations,>Auto News, March 14, 2012

New VW facilty expected to bring dozens of jobs to Roane Co.,
WVLT, March 13, 2012

Roane County officials announce Volkswagen distribution center,
WATE, March 13, 2012

Welcome, Volkswagen! Roane chosen for $40 million center
The OakRidger, March 13, 2012

Volkswagen gets cache of breaks in taxes
Times Free Press, Chattanooga, March 13, 2012

Roane made hefty investment to land VW warehouse
Knoxville News Sentinel, March 13, 2012

VW adding to Tennessee operations
The Nashville Post, March 13, 2012

Volkswagen To Build $40 Million Parts Warehouse In Roane County
The Chattanoogan, March 13, 2012

Volkswagen Breaks Ground On Innovation Valley Parts Distribution Center
PaddockTalk (Auto News Website), March 13, 2012

Volkswagen will open a Passat parts distribution center in Roane County
WBIR, March 12, 2012