Volvo to streamline Mack, Volvo engine production

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2003) — Volvo Trucks has announced it will begin producing engines for both Mack and Volvo trucks out of its factory in Hagerstown, Md.

The Hagerstown plant has been producing Mack engines since 1961, while Volvo truck engines currently are produced at Volvo Powertrain plant in Sweden.

A four-year investment program will prepare the facility for delivering the next generation of diesel engine family for the Volvo Group’s two North American truck brands. The company said it wants to reduce costs by sharing more engines and parts among its Volvo, Mack and Renault brands, as well as share engine technology between the Powertrain division and heavy truck unit.

“The decision represents an important commitment to the North American truck market,” said Leif Johansson, president and CEO of the Volvo Group, in a press release. “Backed by our considerable global resources and expertise, Hagerstown will ensure that demanding Mack and Volvo customers in this market can expect industry-leading quality and performance for years to come.”

Located about 75 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., the Hagerstown facility has a total area under roof of about 1.5 million square feet. It includes all design functions in addition to manufacturing, and employs more than 1,200 people.

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