Volvo expansion creates 777 new jobs

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Volvo’s expansion project will invest nearly $400 million in the Pulaski County assembly operation facility.

Governor Ralph Northam announced the Volvo Trucks North America New River Valley location will develop a new 350,000 square-foot building to house truck cab welding operations. Paint operations and production flow will also improve with the expansion.

“This investment will give our employees the tools they need to continue providing our customers the highest quality products,” said Franky Marchand, Vice President and General Manager of the NRV plant.

The Volvo Trucks facility in Pulaski County is the largest location in the world, with 1.6 million square feet on nearly 300 acres of land, and 3,500 employees. The plant produces all Volvo trucks sold in North America.

“If you live in this area, if you work in this area, you know what it has to offer is everything,” said Marchand.

777 new positions will be established within six years.

“More expansion is long-term stability, it’s long-term growth, it’s the keys for the next generation to go after it,” said Marchand.

Pulaski County Administrator, Jonathan Sweet, says the area is ready not just for the expansion of the plant, but also for the county’s own long-term growth.

“Pulaski’s County’s been working on an initiative called 40 by 30, we want 40,000 people by 2030. We’re currently working on approximately $250 million worth of residential housing projects going through the zoning and planning process,” said Sweet.

Some Dublin residents welcomed the news.

“I think it’ll expand it more. Bring people around, look to see that Dublin’s a real good area for other jobs, other places to come in,” said resident Bill Lewis.

The expansion project will be eligible for state incentives, and Pulaski County has granted the company 222 acres of land and $500,000 for the project.

“We want to co-invest with Volvo to get them beyond 2 million square feet, beyond 600 acres of developable campus, so we’re excited about what it means today. But it’s hard to tell what it’s going to mean for us over the next 40 years,” said Sweet.

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