Volvo CE open extended manufacturing facility in US
VOLVO CE have officially inaugurated their expanded heavy equipment factory in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. The major event marked the revealing of a US$30 million investment to expand the company’s assembly capabilities to meet anticipated demand in the North American market.
The expansion includes a materials service centre and an assembly hall, which has been designed to improve manufacturing flow, as well as to increase factory space to incorporate the production of Volvo motor graders.
The design and construction of the new facility has been built on Volvo’ core values of quality, safety and environmental care, and the company is hoping the factory will be recognized as a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building.
The expansion of the plant and its manufacturing capabilities was made possible in part by a US$1 million opportunity grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
Pat Olney, executive vice-president – global operations, who attended the inauguration, commented: ‘It is a testament to the importance Volvo CE place on their dealers and customers in the North American market that, despite the extremely poor market conditions which have persisted for several years in North America, and recently in many other parts of the world, the commitment to this investment has never been in doubt. We remain as committed today as ever to invest the resources – money, people and know-how – in developing the Shippensburg facility for the future.’
The Shippensburg facility has around 550 employees and manufactures over 60 different models of asphalt pavers, soil and asphalt compactors, milling machines and motor graders. The factory was acquired in April 2007 as part of the road development division of Ingersoll Rand.