By Jim Robinson
Volvo Canada has moved its Canadian head offices to Richmond Hill with a new look a new goal.
At the official opening Tuesday, Volvo Canada president and CEO, Marc Engelen, said the brand expects to double its sales next year using a unique strategy that will focus on the similarities between Sweden and Canada.
Located at 9130 Leslie St, the new offices cover 7,500 sq ft integrating modern technology into offices and boardrooms along with a state-of-the-art training facility for technical specialists.
Engelen said the new facility was custom fabricated to epitomize Volvo’s global “Next Face” program that is steadily being implemented in showrooms around the globe.
Next Face was developed to create a singular visual identity that expresses Volvo’s rich Scandinavian heritage and strongly emphasizes its position as a leading premium automotive brand.
“We are excited to begin the next chapter in Volvo Canada’s history,” he said. “Our new workspace in Richmond Hill not only represents our global brand identity, but it will also accommodate our future growth plans.”
Volvo Canada has already started forging relationships and putting down roots within this vibrant community.
New recruits to the Richmond Hill Fire Department recently practiced valuable automotive extraction training exercises on a Volvo C70 that was donated to their program.
Also speaking at the official opening was Mayor Dave Barrow who said, “We are happy that Volvo Canada has chosen Richmond Hill to locate their Head Office and wish them great success in their new home.
“Richmond Hill is proud to be the headquarters to many international corporate head offices and each contribute to the economy of our vibrant community, the smart place for business.”
Volvo’s move to Richmond Hill comes after more than 40 years being located at 175 Gordon Baker Rd. North York, that is now owned by Metroland Media Group.