Volvo to recall 700 employees at New River plant

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Volvo Trucks plans to rehire 700 employees at its production plant in New River Valley.

Volvo officials cited an increase in demand, particularly for efficient engines, as the reason behind the expansion.

“Customer response to our products – particularly the fuel-efficiency and performance of Volvo’s new near-zero emission engines – continues to be extremely positive,”Ron Huibers, senior vice president – sales and marketing, said in a statement. “Combined with the improving economy, this response is helping us continue the momentum we established with our 2010 market share increase.

The ramp up in production at the plant will add a second shift and take place between May 2 and June 13. Currently, the plant employs 1,500 workers.

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