Mack Trucks History

Mack Trucks, Inc. is an American truck-manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922. Mack Trucks is a subsidiary of AB Volvo which purchased Mack along with Renault Trucks in 2000. After being founded in Brooklyn, New York, the company’s headquarters were in Allentown, Pennsylvania, from 1905 to 2009, when they moved to Greensboro, North Carolina.[4] The entire line of Mack products is still produced in Macungie, Pennsylvania, with additional assembly plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Australia, and Venezuela.

Currently, the company’s manufacturing facilities are located at the Macungie Assembly Operations plant in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. Mack Trucks is a top producer in the vocational, on-road-vehicle market, Class 8 through Class 13. It is also the most popular manufacturer of heavy-duty off-road trucks in America.

Mack trucks have been sold in 45 countries. The Macungie, Pennsylvania, manufacturing plant, located near its former Allentown corporate headquarters, produces all Mack products. The Mack MP-series engine, Mack transmissions, the TC-15 transfer cases, and rear engine power take-offs are designed and manufactured in Hagerstown, Maryland, which, according to local historians, was the original factory location.

Parts for Mack’s right-hand-drive vehicles are produced in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, for worldwide distribution. Assembly for South America is done at Mack de Venezuela C.A., inCaracas, Venezuela. The Venezuela operation is a complete knock down (CKD) facility. Components are shipped from the United States to Caracas, and the plant then does final assembly.

In addition to its Macungie manufacturing facility, Mack also has a remanufacturing center in Middletown, Pennsylvania, where it takes used parts and refurbishes them for resale/reuse.

2008 restructuring plan

On August 14, 2008, Mack Trucks announced a major restructuring plan that included:

  • Relocation of Mack’s head office, product development, most support functions, and purchasing functions to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2009. Mack’s parent, Volvo Trucks, already has its North American base in Greensboro.
  • Assembly of all produced Mack highway vehicles in Macungie, Pennsylvania from 2008.
  • Mack’s testing facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be converted into a “customer demonstration/reception center” in 2010.
  • Restructuring the parts distribution network by 2010.
  • Now delayed to 1st quarter 2011
  • As of November 2009, assembly of Mack Highway product will shift to the Macungie Manufacturing Division. 100% of Mack’s product will be assembled in Macungie.

 

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November 22, 2014

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