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Circle of Life: Factory that made Volvo construction equipment for 167 years is destroyed by its own machines

Posted By Wayne Grayson On February 25, 2014 @ 1:00 pm In Construction News | No Comments

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A Volvo EC460C high reach excavator cuts through a 175-year-old Volvo CE plant.

After being in operation for more than 167 years, a Volvo Construction Equipment hardening plant in Sweden met its own demise at the hand of the very machines it helped create.

Located in Eskilstuna, Sweden, the old plant was situated in an area of town known as Munktellstaden, named after Theofron Munktell, the father of Volvo CE. The plant was built in 1839 and at its peak hardened more than 3,000 tons of steel per year.

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A Volvo L90F wheel loader scoops up debris during the demolition of a 175-year-old Volvo CE plant.

The plant was shut down in 2006 when Volvo CE invested $169 million expand its main factory nearby in order to include steel hardening. The old factory had been gathering dust until last year when the company ordered its demolition.

Volvo enlisted the services of demo company AF Decom AB who used a Volvo EC460C high reach excavator to first cut out the interior of the structure. A Volvo L90F wheel loader gathered up the more than 10 tons of debris that resulted.

The building’s old concrete blocks and bricks sorted out to be recycled and used in future construction projects. A true circle of life.


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