July 1, 2015 10:25 AM, EDT

Volvo Opens 1 Million-Square-Foot Truck Parts Plant

Volvo officials and dignitaries formally open new facility.

Volvo Group said it opened a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in Byhalia, Mississippi, for Mack and Volvo truck parts.

The $70 million facility is 25 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, employs 250 people and will support the company’s Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta brands.

“The new facility represents the hard work and dedication of our community leaders, employees of the new facility and the Volvo Group. The [central distribution center] will enable us to more efficiently handle an increased volume of parts distribution, while also significantly improving customer service,” Christer Svärd, senior vice president of Volvo Group Logistics Services, said in a statement.

The facility was constructed in just over six months. According to the manufacturer, it “was designed to showcase the industry’s best logistics technologies and lean processes within a sustainable and environmentally conscious shell.”

Said Justin Hall, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority: "This project symbolizes an exciting turning point for Marshall County, and its positive impact on the local economy will extend not only across the county but northwest Mississippi.

“I’m excited to welcome the Volvo Group to our local community and look forward to the company’s commitment to workforce development, leadership and community stewardship – all of which are already apparent.”