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Volvo Expansion Project Creates Local Jobs

"Anytime an international company wants to expand in the county, it's positive because it speaks volumes as to, about the county and our resources available to them," said James Jenkins, Washington County Public Relations.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and industrial engines and now they're planning a $30 million expansion project that will bring new business to Hagerstown.

"Well, we aspire for sustainability in Hagerstown, we're doing some modifications to our engine assembly line. It will increase capacities and efficiencies," said Belinda Vinson, Volvo Group spokeswoman.

It's a part of the Volvo Group's larger efficiency program improving cost efficiency and competitiveness.

"We build the heavy duty diesel engines for mack trucks and Volvo trucks as well as the automated manual transmissions," said Vinson. "Now we're going to be building, machining and assembling the axles for the Mack trucks and we'll also be processing cores here in Hagerstown."

With this new multi-million dollar investment the Volvo Group is hiring more 100 new employees, from project managers to engineers, all working at the Hagerstown facility.

And to help with project costs, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development approved a $4 million conditional loan based on job retention and creation and capitol investment. Washington County also approved a $200,000 conditional loan under the same terms.

"Anytime an international company wants to expand in the county, it's positive because it speaks volumes as to, about the county and our resources available to them. It also speaks volumes to the work our commissioners do behind the scenes," said James Jenkins, Washington County Public Relations.

And for the Volvo Group, it's another step forward in their partnership with Washington County.

"We have regular strategic dialogs to see where we want to be in five years, ten years, and going forward," said Vinson. "So it's because of the leadership focused on strategy and looking forward even as far as out to 2020, 2025, that, that we're in a position to be able to receive and welcome this new business to our site."

Volvo Group officials say all the new employees should be hired by 2015.

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