The company also confirmed that it will invest an estimated $4.5 million to open a new training center in Eastvale, CA, just outside of Los Angeles. These facilities, which represent an estimated $11.3 million investment, are part of the company’s strategy to invest more than $7 billion in North America through 2019.
“The new parts distribution center and upcoming training center in California is a testament to Volkswagen Group of America’s continued investment and commitment to the U.S market, our customers, and dealers,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The company remains focused on these types of strategic investments that will enable long-term growth in the United States.”
Pacific Northwest Parts and Distribution Center
The newly-expanded facility in Rocklin completes a U.S. network of seven Volkswagen Group parts distribution facilities across the United States. The 143,000 square-foot facility holds 40,000 automotive service part numbers and approximately $13 million in inventory, with distribution to 94 Volkswagen and Audi dealers across six states in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.
“The new Rocklin facility plays a vital role in our commitment to providing quality service to our customers and dealer network in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest,” said Jan Bures, executive vice president group after sales and services, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We are especially excited to increase our presence in California, a priority market for both Volkswagen and Audi brands.”
VWGoA took possession of the building in June 2015 and began shipping parts to dealers in April 2016. The facility is now fully operational. This seventh VWGoA PDC in the United States will enable improved efficiency in Volkswagen and Audi service parts deliveries and employ 30-plus people. This is the second VWGoA PDC in California, with another 310,000 square-foot facility in Los Angeles.
Eastvale Training Center
The company also announced that it will invest an estimated $4.5 million to create a state-of-the-art training facility at the Goodman Commerce Center in Eastvale. The new Center will house Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche training facilities for the purposes of technical, collision repair and sales training. This is the first training facility to support all three brands and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017.
According to the company, Volkswagen Group has committed more than $7 billion in North America between 2015 and 2019. These new additions to Volkswagen Group’s California presence are among seven locations where the company operates in the state. Other sites include the Volkswagen Group of America Electronic Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley, a regional sales operations office in Woodland Hills, and the Test Center California in Oxnard.