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U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today that the United Auto Workers’ withdrawl of its appeal to February’s union vote at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant opens the way to re-engage with the company to attract a potential expansion.

“It’s a shame the UAW slowed the momentum on our expansion conversations with Volkswagen, but now it’s time for VW, our state and our community to re-engage and move forward with bringing additional jobs to Chattanooga,” said Corker in a statement.

VW workers voted by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin against unionizing the factory.

VW has said that Chattanooga is the front-runner to produce a new sport utility vehicle, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the factory and hundreds of million of dollar in investment.