Volvo upgrades assembly plant

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DUBLIN, Va. – A good coat of paint doesn’t come cheap—at least not for Volvo Trucks North America.

The manufacturer is spending US$69 million to upgrade its New River Valley truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va., and a significant portion of that funding will be devoted to upgrading the paint facility with what the company is calling “state-of-the-art” and “energy-efficient” improvements which are designed to increase Volvo’s painting capacity and its quality.

Other upgrades are focused on improving the material delivery process. To that end, Volvo is adding new racking and storage systems, docks and lifting devices.

“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.”

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