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On May 4, Volvo Construction Equipment broke ground on the first phase of the 100 MUSD expansion of its site in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. The first phase includes construction of a new America’s headquarters office.
When complete, the development will include a new office building and customer demonstration center and will also localize production of some of the company’s larger construction machines.
Volvo CE’s new series of wheel loaders (L60G, L70G and L90G) will be the first of three new machine types expected to come off the production line, and the company plans for larger models of the wheel loader, excavator and articulated hauler product lines in the future. Volvo CE anticipates the factory to eventually produce 70 percent of Volvo CE machines sold in North America.
The new office building will be 36,000 square feet, consisting of two floors and a bridge to connect the new building with existing facilities. The company is also making efforts to secure LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the office building, which requires buildings to be designed, constructed, and operated with careful consideration for environmental impact of the health of occupants.
Volvo CE expects the building to be ready for use by the beginning of 2013.