Volvo Trucks North America announced a $69 million investment in equipment, processes and plant redesign to improve manufacturing efficiency and vehicle quality at the New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Va.
The enhancements will include energy-efficient upgrades to the paint facility that will increase North American paint capacity and deliver superior quality. New racking and storage systems, docks and lifting devices, together with the redesign of a variety of work areas, will allow improved material delivery.
The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled at the plant, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Md.
“This investment will spur significant improvements in material handling and parts flow that will allow us to increase throughput and reduce tied-up capital,” said Vice President and General Manager Lars Blomberg. “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.”