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Monday, 08 June 2015 00:00

Volvo Cars Selects South Carolina for First American Plant

Volvo Car Corporation has selected Berkeley County, South Carolina for its first manufacturing facility in the Western hemisphere. The new facility will have an initial estimated annual production capacity of around 100,000 cars.

Located in northwestern Berkeley County on a portion of the Camp Hall site, the plant will manufacture latest-generation Volvo models for sale in the United States and for export. Construction will begin in early fall 2015, with the first vehicles expected to roll off the assembly line in 2018.

Once completed, Volvo Cars will be able to manufacture vehicles on three continents. It already operates two plants in Europe and two in China. Additionally, the new U.S. plant forms part of a medium-term expansion plan to double global sales, boost market share and lift profitability. Volvo began importing cars to the U.S. in 1955. South Carolina is home to more than 250 automotive-related companies and suppliers and, as a result, leads the nation in the export of both tires and automobiles, which is Volvo chose this location was chosen.

An economic impact analysis compiled by Dr. Frank Hefner at the College of Charleston estimates that, for an initial 2,000 direct jobs, more than 8,000 total jobs would be created as a result of the Volvo production facility. Operating with 2,000 employees, the plant would contribute approximately $4.8 billion in total economic output on an annual basis.

Additionally, the development of the Camp Hall site will lead to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands in a critical, neighboring watershed that is a priority of Audubon South Carolina.

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