Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) plans to spend $100 million at its Shippensburg, Pa., manufacturing facility and begin production of Volvo wheel loaders, excavators and articulated haulers in North America. Also, the Volvo CE North American sales headquarters and Volvo Rents will relocate from Asheville, N.C., to Shippensburg by September 2012.
“It makes sense, when possible, to manufacture products close to where our customers are,” said Olof Persson, president and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment. “The global demand for Volvo construction equipment is rapidly increasing and we need to make investments to meet future demands in the region. Producing Volvo wheel loaders, articulated haulers and excavators in Shippensburg will result in shorter lead times for our customers. We will work closely with local suppliers to increase the North American content of our products. This will further reduce our exposure to exchange rate fluctuations, which will already be positively affected by our bringing more production to the USA.”
A world-class Customer and Demonstration Center will be built in Shippensburg. In addition, Volvo CE will put up a new office building on the campus to house its Regional Sales Headquarters, its Volvo Rents offices, and its Training Center.
All Asheville-based employees will be given the opportunity to relocate to Shippensburg. The move, which will affect about 220 employees, will be concluded no later than September 2012. A comprehensive plan to assist with relocation is under development. For those employees who are unable or not prepared to relocate, an extensive human resources plan is currently being put in place.
Since the acquisition of the Shippensburg facility in 2007, Volvo CE has continuously invested in the existing plant. In June 2010, a 200,000 sq. ft., $30 million expansion of the facility was finalized, to improve manufacturing flow and increase production space to incorporate the production of Volvo motor graders.
Manufacturing Volvo wheel loaders, articulated haulers and excavators in Shippensburg will have no significant impact on the current production in other Volvo locations. It will also further improve the competitiveness and profitability of the total business, according to the company.