The Volvo site takes up about 1,600 acres; eventually, it will hold a solar array to provide clean power, a training center, and an office building. There’s plenty of room on the site for a mirror plant to expand capacity. The plant’s built 13,500 S60 sedans so far; 50,000 are in the PowerPoint for this year. In 2021, it will build prototypes of the XC90 now on the drawing boards.
By 2022, it’ll be a prime source worldwide for that SUV, and South Carolina will become one of the biggest producers and exporters of SUVs in the world (along with BMW, up in Greer). By then Ridgeville could employ as many as 4,000 people and may be capable of assembling 150,000 vehicles a year.