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Volvo plans to expand production at Hagerstown plant

May 04, 2011

Volvo plans to expand its engine and transmission production at its factory north of Hagerstown, which could mean at least 50 more jobs, a company executive said Wednesday.

Carlos Hungria, the senior vice president for Volvo Group North America's powertrain operations, said the company's automated manual transmission, or AMT, "has been a huge success in the market."

Therefore, the company will make the AMT — an I-shift for Volvo and an M-drive for Mack — at the Washington County plant starting in the middle of 2012.

Currently, Volvo only makes AMTs in Sweden, Hungria said.

He said the company expects to hire about 35 more people locally for the new production.

In addition, the Washington County plant will start producing Volvo's 16-liter engine, which is used in the Mack Titan and the Volvo Penta, Hungria said.

"This market is starting to grow," he said.

At current production levels, that could mean another 15 to 20 jobs in Washington County, but Volvo is projecting higher volume, probably doubling the number of new jobs, Hungria said.

Currently, about 1,300 employees work at the Volvo Powertrain North America plant in Washington County.

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— Andrew Schotz

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