EXCLUSIVE LOOK: Volvo's Berkeley County plant progressing on schedule


Like an oasis in a desert, Volvo's first North American car production facility is taking shape off Highway 27 in Berkeley County.

Groundbreaking for the new Volvo plant took place in September 2015. The facility promises to create 2,000 jobs when it opens in late 2018.

Monday, ABC News 4’s Bill Burr got an exclusive first look at the progress being made on the project some say will change South Carolina's economy.

"This is very significant for our market," said Katarina Fjording, Volvo’s Vice president of purchasing and manufacturing in the United States.

"I've been with the company almost 30 years and we've been talking about having a plant in the U.S. ever since then. And now we're finally doing it."

Up to a thousand construction workers are building the state-of-art facility. Cameras aren't allowed inside the 2.3 million square-feet of production and office space. It will have paint and body shops, and a final assembly building as some of its key features.

With their new facility, company leaders hope to claim a full 1 percent of the U.S. car sale market.

"You can actually literally down the road come and actually see the cars come out here in the future,” Fjording said. “That means a lot of people are going to want to buy something that is made in America. Americans are quite loyal. So we are counting on that as well."

There’s still much work to be done, but Volvo officials are confident the entire project will be finished on schedule.

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