NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. — Volvo Trucks is ramping up production at its New River Valley, Va. plant and recalling approximately 700 employees in response to increased demand, the company announced.
“Customer response to our products – particularly the fuel-efficiency and performance of Volvo’s new near-zero emission engines – continues to be extremely positive,” said Ron Huibers, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “Combined with the improving economy, this response is helping us continue the momentum we established with our 2010 market share increase.”
The ramp-up – which includes adding a second shift – and associated recalls will take place in several stages between May 2 and June 13. Current employment at the plant is just under 1,500.
Volvo Trucks says its combined US and Canadian retail sales volume increased 46% in 2010, while also increasing its market share two points to 9.6%.
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