Volvo calls 270 employees back to work at truck plant

| 8/23/2010

Here’s a recall worth talking about. This one is good news for the trucking economy and especially good news for Volvo.

The company is recalling 270 laid-off employees to report back to work at the New River Valley Assembly Plant in Dublin, VA, effective Sept. 6.

A Volvo statement detailed an increase in orders for 2010-compliant trucks as a factor. Volvo recently publicized a production order of 600 trucks for Penske and 370 trucks for Knight Transportation.

“We’re continuing to win significant orders from new customers that until now have not had Volvo trucks in their fleets,” company officials said in a statement.

The New River Valley Assembly Plant had at one time employed 3,200 people according to a company fact sheet.

With a current roster of 1,200 employees, a recall of 270 workers amounts to a 23 percent increase, the company reported.

“We don't publicly discuss our build rates, but obviously a recall of this size is in line with a significant increase in production,” company officials stated.

The plant assembles and paints various Volvo and Mack cabs, including the Volvo VN and VT.

– By Land Line staff