Porsche to Hire Over 1,000 Workers to Build Macan SUV
"We have a new addition to our model family – now we're looking for qualified and highly motivated people in production for the realization of our ambitious goals. We want employees with petrol in their blood," said Dr. Oliver Blume, Member of the Executive Board Production and Logistics of Porsche AG.
Since the sportscar manufacturer already has 1,150 employes at their plant in Leipzig, the new job openings will double workforce within the next few months. The announcement has attracted great interest, Porsche said, but competition will be fierce with more than 16,000 applications received so far.
The German company is also investing about $650 million to update the factory with its own paint shop and body assembly hall, which means the Leipzig plant will be the biggest construction project in the brand's history.
"The first test body was made a few days ago. In the summer, we will commission the new paint shop, so the first customer vehicle will roll off the assembly line at the end of the year. The schedule is a challenge, and the plant extension a truly mammoth task. But we are going all out for it," Siegfried Bulow, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig said.
Porsche Macan deliveries are expected to start in mid 2013.