Volvo Trucks employees continue patriotic tradition at New River Valley Plant

As America’s Independence Day holiday draws near, employees at Volvo Trucks North America’s New River Valley Plant recently continued their long-standing tradition of honoring the nation’s fallen and missing military heroes.

Plant employees on May 23 once again participated in the annual Rolling Thunder® – Ride for Freedom rally in Washington, DC.  The rally commemorates America’s fallen and missing servicemen and servicewomen.

The employees and others from the area gathered once again at the United Auto Workers Local 2069 union hall in Dublin, Virginia, near NRV for a memorial ceremony.  Afterwards, many joined several hundred motorcycle riders in a convoy to the nation’s capital, accompanied by a specially decorated Volvo VN670.

As in past years, the Volvo VN featured custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military personnel.  This year, the graphics highlighted the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia and the 65th anniversary of D-Day.  The truck was developed by NRV in conjunction with UAW Local 2069’s Veterans Committee.

This Volvo VN670 escorted several hundred motorcyclists – many of them Volvo employees – on May 23, 2009 as they rode from Volvo Truck’s New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va. to Washington, DC as part of the annual Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder® - Ride for Freedom rally.  The event honors America’s fallen and missing military heroes.  The special graphics on this year’s Volvo VN also drew attention to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values:  Safety, Quality and Environmental Care.  The Volvo VT, VN and VHD trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.  Volvo also sponsors America’s Road Team, a national highway safety outreach program.

Volvo Trucks North America is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and one of the world's leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter).  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets.  Volvo Group sales for 2008 amounted to over $46 billion.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.

July 1, 2009

For further information, please contact Jim McNamara, Volvo Trucks North America, phone 336-393-2143, email