Volvo Wheel Loaders Now Red, White and Blue
Apr 14, 2013
With its new $100 million expansion in Shippensburg, Penn., Volvo is revving up to produce 70% of its wheel loaders for North America at this facility.
The ribbon cutting took place on March 21, 2013, and here’s a video report from the event, including the unveiling of a wheel loader with an two-sided paint job featuring an American and Canadian flag.
The facility also houses the new headquarters building for the Americas, relocating the sales office from Asheville, North Carolina.
Wheel loader production will initially start for the L60-L90 range of loaders, and company officials say the scope of product sourced from the facility will broaden. Localized 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 customer center in the area in the first quarter of 2014.
In addition to wheel loaders, the Shippensburg facility also makes more than 50 models of road machinery. Operations include welding, large machining, paint and assembly
The site’s global technology center 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. A $30 million, 200,000 square foot expansion was completed in June 2010 and included a new assembly hall and materials building. The office expansion, which opened in March, adds an additional 36,000 square feet and two smaller production buildings, which will open in April this year to provide a further 37,000 square feet, bringing the total size of the expanded facility to 650,000 square feet.
Today, the site employs more than 1,000 employees from nearly 20 countries, together working in operations, technology, sales & marketing, and customer support.