Monday, November 25, 2013

German-American Chamber of Commerce in Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tenn., (Chanta S. Waller) — The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South) announced on Nov. 22, the opening of their new Tennessee chapter office and appointment of its new director. The office was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcoming remarks from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“On a recent trip to Munich, I was able to witness firsthand that the Chattanooga region is on the radar screen of German industry and investment,” said Corker. “With the changing dynamics of American energy prices and the ongoing effort towards a trade agreement between the U.S and Europe, I believe the potential for many other opportunities is there, and I welcome GACC South to Chattanooga.”

As mayor of Chattanooga from 2001-2005, Corker worked with other officials and community leaders to develop the 1,200 acre Enterprise South Industrial Park, which is now home to Volkswagen's North American manufacturing headquarters.

The new chapter office is located at 832 Georgia Avenue, Volunteer Building, Suite 1000, Chattanooga, Tenn.

“We are very excited about opening the new chapter in Chattanooga,” said Martina Stellmaszek, president and CEO of GACC South. “Chattanooga has become a vibrant hub for German investment highlighted by the location of Volkswagen and Wacker, both of which have attracted numerous suppliers to East Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.”

Stellmaszek also announced that Andreas Havermann, plant manager of Barku Plastics, LLC, will be the new chapter director.

Havermann said, “I am excited to work with our new leadership committee for the Tennessee chapter of the GACC South. Aside from attracting new members to the organization, our primary goals will be to grow strong and lasting relationships with area companies, and to put together educational networking events which will be beneficial for the entire business community.”

www.bienvenidospress.comStellmaszek continues, “German companies have made more than $3.13 billion in new investment in Tennessee, these investments have also led to the creation of thousands of new jobs for the state.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (left), Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Christoph Sander (center) and President and CEO of GACC South Martina Stellmaszek (right), at GACC South’s new Tennessee chapter office opening on Friday, Nov. 22. Photo by: David Andrews.

About the GACC South:
The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South) was founded in 1978 to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the US. The GACC South is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with a branch office in Houston, Texas and serves the 13 Southern states and territories of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the US Virgin Islands. Five local chapters, located in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, are supporting the region.

The GACC South is a private, non-profit organization and serves as the official representative of German industry and trade in the Southern US. It is part of an international network composed of 120 German foreign chambers of commerce and government offices in 80 countries. The GACCs are one of the largest bi-national chambers in the United States.

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