Thursday, August 16th, Volvo celebrated the opening of its new Hagerstown, Md., plant, which will add 50 new jobs.
“It’s a great day of pride for us as United State citizens to see work coming into the country instead of leaving,” said Wade Watson, vice president of operations for the Hagerstown plant.
The company invested $8 million in the facility which was build in 1961, and will produce automated manual transmissions, which were assembled in Sweden until now. Since 2011 the automaker has spent $300 million in this facility, which currently has 1,500 employees. The company has been focusing on the Cumberland Valley a lot, and Volvo Construction Equipment, a Volvo subsidiary, will invest $100 million to expand its headquarters in Shippensburg, North America.
“The North American market is a large and significant market for the Volvo group, and Hagerstown plays a critical role in our success,” said Jan Ohlsson, senior vice president, Volvo Group Trucks Operations.
The production line was moved to Hagerstown so that Volvo could keep up with the high demand for the new transmission. Until now the automaker’s I-Shift transmissions were assembled in Köping, Sweden and afterwards sent to Hagerstown to be adapted according to the North American market requirements.