Volvo Trucks is making a $69 million investment in new equipment and processes while embarking on a plant redesign that it says will further improve manufacturing efficiency and vehicle quality at its New River Valley truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va.
“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.”
The enhancements will include energy-efficient upgrades to the paint facility that will increase North American paint capacity and deliver better 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, according to Volvo Trucks.
“The NRV plant and the passion of its employees are a competitive advantage for Volvo Trucks,” said 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.”