Volvo Trucks North America has recalled approximately 700 workers at its New River Valley, Va. plant. The company plans to ramp up production at the plant beginning in June, moving the plant’s current workforce from 1,500 to around 2,200.
“Customer response to our products — particularly the fuel-efficiency and performance of Volvo’s new near-zero emission engines — continues to be extremely positive,” says Ron Huibers, Volvo senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Combined with the improving economy, this response is helping us continue the momentum we established with our 2010 market share increase.”
According to Volvo, a 47 percent increase in retail sales from 2010, through February, necessitated the worker boost. Volvo says a second shift will be added to accommodate the new workers at the plant.