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Volvo opens new Customer Center, promises wide economic impact

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Volvo CE Americas President Göran Lindgren
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Volvo Construction Equipment opened its new Customer Center today and said it will bring thousands of visitors to the Shippensburg area.

The center is the next phase of Volvo’s $100 million investment in its Shippensburg facility, which is now the company's North American headquarters. The center will host training and special events to allow potential customers to test drive some of the Volvo offerings.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Scott Perry, a member of that committee, Volvo CE Americas President Göran Lindgren and Swedish Ambassador to the U.S. Björn Lyrvall were on hand.

“The investments we have made show that Volvo CE is better positioned than ever before to serve our customers with products made here,” Lindgren said. “The Customer Center is designed to give our customers and dealers hands-on experience with our machines and provide the help they need to put them to good use through training, information and support.”

The center will also host Volvo Days, an event that dates to 1958 at Volvo's Swedish facility. A new equipment demonstration area replicates actual job sites, "helping to accurately demonstrate real-world equipment performance," Volvo said in a news release.

Lindgren estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 people will eventually visit for overnight trips to the new complex for training, as well as sales and marketing.

The Shippensburg facility makes more than 50 models of construction equipment, including wheel loaders, soil and asphalt compactors, motor graders, pavers, screeds and milling machines. Operations include welding, large machining, paint and assembly. About 1,000 people are employed at the facility.

Check this Friday's Central Penn Business Journal for an exclusive interview with Lindgren.

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