SHIPPENSBURG, Pa .– () – Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is making significant investments in technical training facilities and programs with an additional $ 4.3 million training center in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

When scheduled to open by the end of 2022, the facility will provide a space for developing and delivering personal and virtual training courses and will be at the highest level in training venues in the equipment industry.

“This investment shows Volvo CE’s commitment to our dealers and customers and the future of the construction industry,” said Stephen Roy, President, North America, Volvo CE. “Equipment and technology are constantly changing and improving. These training opportunities will help prepare new technicians for successful careers and help seasoned technicians keep up with the latest developments. ”

The training facility will be an extension of the Volvo CE Customer Center at the company’s North American headquarters. Opened in 2014, the Customer Center occupies 40 hectares and has a full machine demonstration area that is used for dealer and customer events.

The $ 4.3 million expansion includes the addition of several new machine shafts, classrooms, and a virtual lab for creating and delivering virtual training courses. The training is primarily aimed at technicians from Volvo dealerships. However, customers visiting Shippensburg will get a holistic view of what the company is doing to support their operations through operator and technician training, factory tours, the ability to interact with Volvo CE experts, and more.

The world-class training center will include technical courses on equipment as well as productivity and availability services like the Volvo Support programs and Telematics program managed by ActiveCare Direct. Training and demonstrations on electrical machines, automation, and connectivity are also offered. The virtual lab enables the use of video, augmented reality and other technologies to support dynamic virtual training courses for dealers in the US and Canada.

“This investment in our customer center brings our trainers closer to equipment and technology, and helps technicians understand the importance of customer productivity and availability,” said Roy. “Today’s technicians have to learn the nuts and bolts as well as the connected systems.”

Construction work is expected to begin this year and be completed by the end of 2022. When opened, the facility will be a center of excellence for technical training and the cornerstone of Volvo CE’s technician training strategy.

The Shippensburg training center is part of a wider strategy to invest in face-to-face and virtual training across North America. More details on these efforts will be announced later this year.

“This is not just an investment in the construction industry, but also in the local communities where we are growing and in our North American presence,” said Roy.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction machinery as well as marine and industrial engines. The group also offers complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, headquartered in Gothenburg, employs around 95,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2016, the Volvo Group’s net sales were around SEK 302 billion (EUR 31.9 billion). The Volvo Group is a publicly traded company. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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