Volvo Penta adds Western Branch Diesel

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Volvo Penta of the Americas today 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.

“We welcome Western Branch Diesel to our network of exceptional Power Centers,” said Marcia Kull, vice president, marine sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas. “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.”

Founded in 1946, Western Branch Diesel is headquartered 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 over 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.

“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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