Working in the automotive parts supply chain, in manufacturing, logistics or management, being German-trained or at least experienced in interfacing with a Germany-based HQ, partners or customers, and/or speaking German, is a sweet spot to be in nowadays.You may even consider giving yourself a raise, in pay as well as quality of life, by way of relocating to one of the (fairly) new automotive industry hotbeds in the southeastern United States.
Source: [Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association](http://www.mema.org/) (MEMA) in collaboration with IHS. Visualization: [GM Market Research](http://www.gerdmeissner.com/)While “traditional” locations like Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are still attracting large automotive assembly plant investments, the modern South – Tennessee in particular – keeps rocking the boat.
In April, German auto parts supplier HP Pelzer Automotive Systems announced it will open a $28-million plant and create 200 jobs in Athens (McMinn County) that will supply the $1-billion Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.
German-language readers can find an overview [why so many German companies open subsidiaries around Chattanooga here](http://www.germany-usa.com/blog/2013/03/standort-usa-chattanooga-tn-attraktiv-fur-deutsche-firmen/).
Tip: Are you trying to find out which American or German companies in ***your*** industry are hiring in a particular region? [Check out the Germany-USA Career Adviser service](http://www.germany-usa.com/career-adviser.php). Our analysts, career coaches and search consultants are constantly following the trends and developments in this market – on your behalf!