Noah was one of the first employees in Chattanooga. He started out as a trainer in the Lean Center, before working as a foreman in engine pre-assembly for the Passat. Manufacturing in Tennessee began with that model. “Those were exciting times back then. Everything was new, and we spent a lot of long days at the plant,” recalls the 31-year-old. His wife Alicia, who is seated comfortably next to him in the Atlas, remembers, “There was really a lot to do, a good job.” She too has been there since the beginning, when the site was being set up.