Mack Trucks and its "Built like a Mack" bulldog logo are synonymous with heavy duty trucks. A subsidiary of Sweden's AB Volvo, the company is one of North America's largest manufacturers of heavy duty trucks used in construction, heavy hauling, highway, and refuse work. They are sold and serviced in more than 45 countries through a global network of some 670 sales, parts, and repair centers. Mack Trucks also makes powertrains, an integrated system that consists of engine, transmission, and axles, and offers truck leasing and financing services. The company was founded in 1900 as Mack Brothers Company.
All Mack trucks are built at its Macungie, Pennsylvania plant. The Mack TerraPro model is primarily used as a refuse truck. About 50% of the refuse vehicles used in the US are made by Mack Trucks, giving it a hefty market share. They collect more than 11,000 tons of garbage every day, mostly in big metropolitan cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Mack began offering heavy duty hybrid trucks to the City of New York for up to 30% fuel savings and comparably lower emissions. It also brought to market a natural gas-powered version of the Mack TerraPro cabover model for refuse and construction customers.
In North America, Mack Trucks' largest market by far, the overall economic environment and demand for heavy duty highway trucks gradually improved in fiscal 2010. Demand for Mack trucks in 2009 had plunged by about one-third from 2008 levels, primarily driven by the economic recession's impact on the construction industry. In making a comeback, Mack and sister truckmaker Volvo Trucks North America are trying to capitalize on their more extensively-tested, highly fuel-efficient, EPA-certified products that comply with new emissions standards introduced in North America in 2010. Both Chrysler Group and global logistics leader UPS placed significant orders for Mack EPA 2010-certified Pinnacle day cabs used in highway applications. Mack also introduced the mDRIVE automated manual transmission, which was developed to work with Mack's MP engine to deliver better fuel economy, driveability, and safety. – less