Volvo is closing its heavy construction equipment plant in North Carolina next March, leaving 228 workers without jobs.

The plant assembles front-end loaders, excavators and cabs. The work will now be sent to plants in Shippensburg, Pa., as well as Sweden and South Korea.

The company told The Asheville Citizen-Times that demand for the equipment dropped off sharply.

Volvo spokeswoman Beatrice Cardon says the company sold just 60,000 pieces of equipment in North America this year, two-thirds below projections.

Volvo says it plans to keep its North American sales headquarters in Asheville. That facility has about 250 workers.