WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Tuesday, January 17th. The struggle of U.S. carmakers against competition from imports might be traced back to this date in 1949. That's when the Dutch ship Westerdam, like some automotive Noah's Ark, disgorged the first two Volkswagen Beetles onto American soil. Acceptance of the unusual looking vehicle was slow, and not just in the U.S. But acceptance was followed by popularity through the 1960s, and by 1972, the Volkswagen Beetle became the world's best selling car model. The 80-year-old German company builds their cars in 121 plants in 31 countries, including one in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Today, around $111 billion worth of automobiles are manufactured in the U.S. Some 73,000 people work in these 180 plants across the country. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
First VWs arrive/accessed 11/14/2016:
1972 milestone/accessed 11/14/2016:
Volkswagen plants/accessed 11/14/2016: http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/the_group/production_plants.html
Automobile manufacturing/ Annual Survey of Manufacturers/NAICS 336111: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2014/31VS101//prodsvc~336111
Employment/ Annual Survey of Manufacturers/NAICS 336111: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2014/31GS101//naics~336111
Establishments/County Business Patterns/NAICS 336111: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~336111
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau