New customer service center at Volvo plant brings jobs in Southwest Virginia

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PULAKSI COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday Volvo will invest $38,000,000 for upgrades at the existing plant and to build a new Customer Service Center.

The facility will be 36,000 square feet and will bring 32 new jobs to the area, which will bring the total number of jobs at the plant to nearly 3,000.

Pulaski County leaders attended the announcement ceremony Friday. They said the impact from Volvo's latest investment will have a positive impact on the county.

County leaders called it a "trickle down effect," which they said means more jobs in the county, more people are likely to live in the area, and more people willing to spend money.

Governor Terry McAuliffe said he thinks the announcement of the new center could lead to more jobs in Southwest Virginia.

"It's all about recruiting businesses back here all about manufacturing and I can look at the Volvo Plant and say we're the largest in the globe so we know we have the workforce," McAuliffe said.

The new center will be ready by the end of 2016.

The automaker also broke ground in South Carolina Friday, on its first auto manufacturing plant in North America. The company said workers at the $500 million plant will build a car still being designed in Sweden.