Volvo CE inaugurates $100 million North American expansion
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has cut the ribbon on its US$100 million (€77.2 million) expansion programme at its Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA facility.
In addition to the official opening of a new headquarters building for the Americas, the event also marked the start of wheeled loader production at the company’s North American base in Shippensburg.
Joining Volvo CE President Pat Olney in the inauguration ceremony were United States Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez; Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker and Swedish Ambassador to the United States Jonas Hafström, along with 1,000 employees and many other distinguished guests.
The investment affirms the Volvo CE’s long-term confidence in the North American market and consolidates its North American operations onto one site. The opening of the new building also marks the successful relocation of the sales office from Asheville, North Carolina to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
“This should serve as a very clear signal that Volvo CE is committed to this market and in a better position than ever before to offer our customers products that are made by Americans, for Americans,” said Volvo Olney.
“Longer term, building machines closer to our customers will have a positive impact for U.S.-based suppliers, who will gain more business; for customers, who will enjoy shorter lead times; and for Volvo CE, which will be less exposed to currency swings.”
Wheeled loader production will initially start for the L60-L90 range of loaders.
“These machines are in high demand in North America. It’s easier to start up production of smaller machines and work our way up,” says Sean Glennon, vice president of operations at the Shippensburg facility.
“The investment we make in these smaller models will allow us to eventually launch into the bigger machines and meet a wider scope of customer needs.”
Localised production will also help the company become more flexible and responsive to its customers in the region.
As part of the same investment, Volvo CE will also open a world-class customer centre in the area in the first quarter of 2014.
The new Americas headquarters serves both the North and Latin American business of Volvo Construction Equipment. Additionally, the site’s global technology centre employs around 200 people and provides development expertise to the wider Volvo business.
The Shippensburg facility has been committed to producing quality construction equipment for nearly 40 years. Volvo CE acquired the business from Ingersoll Rand in April 2007.
Today, the site employs more than 1,000 employees from nearly 20 countries, together working in operations, technology, sales and marketing, and customer support.
In addition to wheeled loaders, the Shippensburg facility also makes more than 50 models of road machinery, including soil and asphalt compactors, motor graders, pavers, screeds, and milling machines.