Alabama cities work to woo Volkswagon suppliers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - Alabama firms providing parts for the state's auto industry look at Volkswagen's plan for an assembly plant in neighboring Tennessee as a chance to expand.

About 20 industry recruiters from several Alabama cities plan to spend this week in Germany courting Volkswagen suppliers. A Tennessee delegation went on a similar mission last week.

In July, Chattanooga won the $1 billion assembly plant that had been sought for Huntsville.

Alabama Development Office Director Neal Wade said the industry recruiters headed for Germany represent northeast Alabama. Cullman, Tuscaloosa and Auburn also are in the group, he said.