Volvo Penta adds Virginia dealer

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Western Branch Diesel as an authorized marine power center.

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Western Branch Diesel as an authorized marine power center.

The company will be responsible for sales and service of Volvo Penta marine engines in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

Founded in 1946, Western Branch Diesel is based in Portsmouth, Va., just a few miles from Volvo Penta’s headquarters in Chesapeake, Va.

The company has facilities in 10 locations in five states, with more than 280 employees, including more than 150 technicians. Western Branch Diesel services major brands of diesel engines, transmissions and gensets for marine, on-highway, construction, power generation, oil/gas, mining and other industrial sectors.

“We welcome Western Branch Diesel to our network of exceptional power centers,” Volvo Penta of the Americas marine sales vice president Marcia Kull said in a statement. “Western Branch Diesel has a 70-year tradition of excellence with a passion for customer service, and has a deep understanding of the diesel engine business and the needs of the professional mariner. The company has well-established customer relationships in both commercial and leisure marine markets.”

“Volvo Penta will be an important addition to our other diesel product lines,” said Herbert Haneman, president of Western Branch Diesel. “Volvo Penta has a well-deserved reputation for product innovation and technology leadership, and we look forward to working with their sales and service teams to strengthen and grow their business across the region.”


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