Volvo Construction Equipment celebrated its $100 million expansion program at its Shippensburg, Pa, facility as its new headquarters building for the Americas and also marked the start of wheel loader production at the facility.
The facility consolidates Volvo’s North American operations onto one site, and marks the successful relocation of the sales office from Asheville, N.C., to Shippensburg.
“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 Pat Olney, president. “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.”
As part of the same investment, Volvo CE will also open a world-class customer center in the area in the first quarter of 2014, the company said.
The new Americas headquarters serves both the North and Latin American business, and its global technology center employs around 200 people. The office expansion, which opened in March, adds an additional 36,000 square feet and two smaller production buildings, which open in April, will provide a further 37,000 square feet, bringing the total size of the expanded facility to 650,000 square feet.
In addition to wheel 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. Operations include welding, large machining, paint and assembly.