NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 10, 1978
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(Studio) Opening of Volkswagen's 1st. American plant near New Stanton, Pennsylvania, reported Possibility that VW could pass AMC to become 4th largest auto manufacturer in US by end of year noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(New Stanton, Pennsylvania) Scarcity of jobs in New Stanton area and residents' hopes for success of Volkswagen plant here detailed. Attendance at plant opening by Treasury Secretary Blumenthal, Governor Shapp and VW board chairperson Toni Schmuecker noted. [SCHMUECKER - says this is giant leap for VW.] Reasons for VW's move to US, in light of dollar devaluation against mark, and Pennsylvania's efforts to bring company here described. [VW employee Rodney NICHOLSON - thinks things will pick up now that there's work in area. Had been laid off for year and knows how it is.] Shapp's expressed wish that Japanese auto mfrs. would also come here noted. VW Rabbit is only car to be assembled at new plant.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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