June 26, 2014
Volvo Trucks has announced a $69 million investment in state-of-the art equipment, processes and plant redesign at its New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va. to further improve manufacturing efficiency.
“This investment will spur significant improvements in material handling and parts flow that will allow us to increase throughput and reduce tied-up capital,” says Lars Blomberg, vice president and general manager. “In addition to helping us further improve product quality, the redesign and additional equipment will also provide our employees with an even safer and more ergonomic working environment.”
The enhancements will include state-of-the art, energy-efficient upgrades to the paint facility that will increase North American paint capacity and deliver superior quality, Volvo says. New racking and storage systems, docks, and lifting devices, together with the redesign of a variety of work areas, also will allow improved material delivery.
“The NRV plant and the passion of its employees are a competitive advantage for Volvo Trucks,” says Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. “This investment gives them the tools to continue optimizing delivery precision and quality for our customers.”
Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care.
The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the NRV plant, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Md. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards, the company says.