This is the second year in a row that Volvo Trucks has been one of the fair’s top sponsors. The company, which has its North American headquarters in Greensboro, chose to sponsor the event because the Piedmont Environmental Alliance mission – to inspire people to make choices that protect and restore the environment – is closely aligned with Volvo’s company value of environmental care.
“A commitment to the environment is part of our culture at Volvo Trucks,” said Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “Our VNL model, which will be at the Earth Day Fair, is one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient trucks on the road today, and our New River Valley assembly plant recently was the first U.S. facility to be certified under a U.S. Department of Energy pilot program.”
The diesel engines in Volvo trucks built after 2009 have near-zero emissions. Volvo trucks built today also deliver up to an 8 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared with earlier models.
By 2010, Volvo Trucks had reduced its carbon footprint at North American facilities nearly 40 percent from 2003 levels. The New River Valley assembly plant, located in Dublin, Va., became the first U.S. facility to receive dual certifications from the top U.S. and international standards organizations for energy efficiency.
Visitors to this year’s Earth Day Fair are encouraged to stop by the Volvo tent to get a close-up look at the VNL model and learn more about the company’s environmental efforts.
Started in 2005, the Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair has grown to become one of the largest events in the state in celebration of Earth Day. This year’s fair will be at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature more than 100 exhibitors. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Earth Day Fair website.
Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VN, VHD and VAH 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 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 almost 118,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets. Volvo Group sales for 2011 amounted to nearly $47.8 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.
April 27, 2012