Volvo Powertrain begins I-Shift assembly in United States
The Volvo Group’s Powertrain plant in Hagerstown, MD, began assembly of the Volvo I-Shift transmission with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August. Employees were accompanied by Volvo Group executives, state and local dignitaries, and members of the press.
Volvo I-Shift is a 12-speed, two-pedal, lightweight automated manual transmission (AMT) that delivers an exceptional level of productivity by simultaneously maximizing comfort, safety and fuel efficiency. I-Shift is designed to integrate seamlessly with Volvo engines and provides the motorcoach industry’s only integrated powertrain.
“This project represents a significant investment in the Hagerstown plant, brings an infusion of new jobs to the economy, and illustrates the pride this region has in manufacturing an integral component of the truck and motorcoach industry,” said Dann Wiltgen, Prevost vice-president of Key Accounts.
A time-lapsed video of the entire assembly process was played before the ribbon-cutting, and the ceremony included special recognition of the project team leaders and members. The afternoon continued with celebration, reflections, and refreshments.
“Prevost will be a better, stronger company as a result of having the availability of a transmission manufactured here in Hagerstown,” said Wiltgen.