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December 4, 2019

Stadler Group opens new headquarters

Stadler, Altshausen, Germany, opened its new global headquarters Oct. 18.

At an inauguration event, Stadler Group CEO Willi Stadler opened the doors to a modern five-story building, which the company says has the space to accommodate the company’s growth.

The new building keeps the company in the town of Altshausen, where it has been located for 228 years. The building was constructed in three phases, starting in November 2013, at a total cost of $33.4 million. With a footprint of 7,320 square feet, the premises contain 36,597 square feet of offices with working spaces for 100 people, six meeting rooms and an auditorium. According to the company, the space was designed with the possibility of future expansions in mind.

The company says the new building reflects its emphasis on environmental friendliness. For heating, cooling and lighting, the building has an energy-efficient solar photovoltaic system and heat recovery from the company’s powder-coating room. Natural daylight and heat flows into the building through the generous use of glass and a central atrium, and comfortable room temperatures are maintained year-round with energy-efficient heating and cooling ceiling systems, Stadler says.

“We are very proud of our new state-of-the-art headquarters. Our considerable investment in this building will help our growing business to operate even more efficiently and will help to ensure that Stadler is a pleasant place to work,” Willi Stadler says. “This is an important day in our history—a day to reflect how far we have come as a business and how far we can still go, as our planet’s need for recycling and a circular economy becomes ever more urgent.”

The formal inauguration ceremony was followed by a Family Day at the new headquarters Oct. 19 with entertainment for more than 600 guests.

Stadler has assembled more than 350 sorting plants and installed more than 3,000 sorting machines worldwide, the company says.

New Way Trucks to open new Mississippi facility

New Way Trucks Inc., a Scranton, Iowa-based refuse truck manufacturer, has announced it will be expanding operations to a 152,000-square-foot facility located at 1 Wolverine Drive in Booneville, Mississippi.

New Way Trucks says it worked closely with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to secure this “strategic site.” The project, dubbed “Project Wolverine” by New Way Trucks, will initially create 100 jobs.

“We are thrilled to be working with the team from Booneville, Prentiss County and the state of Mississippi, who have already made us feel at home,” says New Way CEO Mike McLaughlin in a news release.

New Way says it plans to start operations within the next three months. Once operational, the company will begin manufacturing its Cobra and Viper rear loaders, with other products to follow. New fabrication equipment is being scheduled for delivery and installation at the new site.

“Our products are in high demand, and a new Mississippi facility provides a strategic advantage that will benefit our customers and extensive dealer network,” says New Way Trucks Executive Vice President Johnathon McLaughlin. “A fourth manufacturing facility will allow New Way to establish a new industry standard in efficient, time-critical solid waste equipment deliveries meeting the demand of our dealers and end users.”

The site was selected for its ability to meet several needs of the company. The Booneville facility is nearly move-in ready and met capability requirements with overhead cranes, lighting and sufficient power. Located on 40 acres of land, there is room for on-site expansion if needed.

Workforce availability was another determining factor in the final decision. New Way says it will begin the hiring process soon, with job listings being posted on the company’s website.

Volvo Penta appoints new president

Martin Bjuve

Volvo, Chesapeake, Virginia, has appointed Martin Bjuve, currently chief financial officer and senior vice president, business office, at Volvo Penta, to the role of president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. According to a news release from Volvo, Ron Huibers, current president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, has decided to transition to a new role within Volvo Penta. Huibers has been with Volvo for 26 years and has served as president of Volvo Penta for about seven years.

“The team, customers and industries we serve here have been exciting and rewarding. This role has been the best of my long career,” Huibers says. “I am thankful to have worked with great leaders and teams and established stronger partnerships. However, as we have planned, I want to spend more time with my family. That has been difficult to balance given the travel demands of being president. The time is right to hand over the baton as [Volvo Pentas of the] Americas continues into the next stage of its journey.”

“With 26 years of distinguished leadership across Volvo Group at Volvo Penta, Volvo and Mack Trucks, Volvo Finance and Volvo Construction Equipment, Ron’s skills and experience developing business, teams and partnerships have paid dividends to the company and stakeholders,” adds Bjorn Ingemanson, president and CEO of Volvo Penta. “On behalf of Volvo Penta, I would like to thank Ron for his valuable contribution. His experience will still be available to the company, as Ron will help represent the company and support me as senior advisor.”

The roles will transition on Jan. 1, according to Volvo.

Bjuve has been with Volvo Penta for 17 years. As senior vice president and chief financial officer, his responsibilities have included the overall strategy development, as well as process and IT.

Volvo says it has started recruitment for a new CFO and senior vice president, business office, and will announce results at a later stage.