For Immediate Release
November 10, 2009

Volkswagen Awards Contract to W.J. O’Neil Company

Mechanical Contractor plans to hire 150 people in new Chattanooga facility

Chattanooga, TN — The President of W.J. O’Neil Company, John O'Neil Sr., announced that Volkswagen of America awarded the company a contract to fabricate and install utility piping at the automaker’s new automotive plant under construction in Chattanooga. The piping system will deliver gas, air, chilled water, hot water, and steam throughout the plant, including the assembly, body and paint buildings.

"Volkswagen and W.J. O'Neil have many common values," he said. "Both are serious about environmental sustainability and 21st Century manufacturing."

The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) recently awarded W.J. O'Neil the MSCA GreenStar designation. Qualified contractors must meet stringent guidelines for environmental responsibility throughout their company to earn the award, and W.J. O'Neil is one of only 29 contractors in the country to be so honored.

W.J. O'Neil has a long history of mechanical contracting in auto plants. With offices in Michigan, the mechanical contractor has installed piping, HVAC systems and complex projects in auto plants throughout the state. They have also completed large HVAC and Plumbing projects at Comerica Park and Ford Field, home of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions.

Earlier this year, W.J. O'Neil opened an office and a 25,000-square-foot fabricating facility in Chattanooga. The state-of-the-art facility gives the company tremendous flexibility. By fabricating in-house, costs, schedule and engineering are controlled, and safety and quality are maximized. The facility is fully operational employing local pipefitters and plumbers.

At the peak of the project schedule, W.J. O’Neil will employ 150 people for the Volkswagen assignment. “We will be in Chattanooga for many years,” said O’Neil. “Our environmental values are right in line with Chattanooga’s strong environmental commitment. Plus, there are tremendous growth opportunities for our company in the region, not only for our design/build capabilities but for our service division as well.”

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is the brand organization of the Volkswagen Group of America that markets Volkswagen vehicles in the U.S. The company recently announced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment on all its 2009 vehicles. As a result, Volkswagen is one of the only original equipment manufacturers to offer an electronic stability control system on their entire product line — ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) deadline requiring vehicles in the 2012 model year to include stability control systems. Volkswagen's ESP technology works in conjunction with anti-lock brakes and helps reduce loss of control and rollovers to avoid crashes. NHTSA predicts nearly 10,000 lives could be saved each year if automakers included stability systems as standard equipment.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Va. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat Wagen, Eos, Tiguan and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.

Contacts

W.J. O’Neil Company
John M O'Neil, +734 458-2300, jmoneil@wjo.com


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