Sen. Bob Corker presented Volkswagen Board Chairman Martin Winterkorn with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies Global Leadership Award in an event held in New York Tuesday evening.

The annual award is given to an individual who helps strengthen German-American relations and grow the economies of both nations through innovative auto manufacturing and social responsibility.

“It is a privilege to recognize the achievements of such a distinguished global business leader and his company, Volkswagen AG, which during a period of slow economic growth did not lessen their commitment to our country but deepened it,” Corker said. “Through their long-term dedication to U.S. expansion, Volkswagen Group of America has created tremendous job opportunities in Tennessee and throughout our country, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

Corker, who was mayor of Chattanooga from 2001 until 2005, worked with other community leaders and officials to bring Volkswagen to the 1,200-acre industrial site that is now home to Enterprise South and VW’s U.S. production facility.


The plant has producedmore than 100,000 Passatsand employs more than 3,300 workers.

The Global Leadership Award has been presented since 1994.

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