SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
Volvo CE's new Customer Care Center is being called the most significant investment in Franklin County in 30 years. For dealers and local employees, that was reason to celebrate.
"It was a ballet of big machines," said Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Franklin), following a performance by massive pieces of rolling construction equipment.
At this "ballet" there were no ribbons and bows, in fact, a heavy chain and a large cutting machine christened Volvo CE's new facility.
Along with Shuster, Representative Scott Perry (R-York), and Rep. Lou Barletta joined hundreds of local employees on Volvo's Shippensburg campus.
Another honored guest was Bjorn Lyrvall, the Swedish ambassador to the United States.
"Swedish companies create about 30,000 jobs in the U.S. That's not too bad for a country of nine million people," he said.
The $100 million dollar investment is being credited to the power of the Midstate workforce.
"We have one of the best, if not the best, workforces in America right here ready to go, ready to build this equipment, ready to work this equipment," said Perry.
Volvo CE already employs 1,000 workers in Shippensburg. It's expected that they will add 300 more.