Mack Trucks, Inc. recently named Salinas y Fabres S.A. (SALFA), Santiago, Chile 2006 Mack International Distributor of the Year.
SALFA has been a Mack distributor since 1938. Headquartered in Santiago, the company has 11 locations throughout Chile. 2006 was the seventh time SALFA has been named Mack International Distributor of the Year.
Roberto Salinas, son of co-founder Ramon Salinas, is chairman and CEO of SALFA. Roberto first began working for the company in 1961, starting out in the tire department. The company has made significant investments in the last several years in new and upgraded facilities, and currently has more than 800 employees.
Each year, Mack honors its high-performing distributors and chooses its top distributor from the U.S., Canada and international operations; the 2006 U.S. and Canadian Distributors of the Year were announced in April. Categories included in the selection criteria include sales, facilities, personnel, leasing, service, parts, general management, customer satisfaction and community service.
"Salinas y Fabres demonstrates Mack's commitment to customer satisfaction and quality in markets around the world," said Frank J. Meehan, Mack senior vice president of international operations. "The performance of SALFA and our other international distributors has been critical in making Mack one of the best-known and most-respected truck brands in the world."
Ever since the Mack AC model saw service in Europe during World War I, Mack has been an internationally recognized truck manufacturer. Today Mack trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries, and the brand is particularly strong in Latin America and Australia. Its commercial subsidiary Mack Canada, Inc. joins with Mack Trucks, Inc. in supporting customers across North America. In South America, Mack de Venezuela C.A. assembles several models in the Mack line and distributes trucks and parts in that country.
The company's largest overseas operation, Mack Trucks Australia Pty. Ltd., is an industrial and commercial subsidiary organized under Volvo Commercial Vehicles Australia and located in Brisbane, Queensland. Mack Trucks Australia offers a full product line and has introduced such innovations as extra heavy-duty on/off road haulers for long-distance road trains, and right-hand steer engineering for Mack markets worldwide.
Dedicated to quality, reliability, and total customer satisfaction, Mack Trucks, Inc. has provided its customers with innovative transportation solutions for more than a century. Today, Mack is one of North America's largest producers of heavy-duty trucks, and MACK® vehicles are sold and serviced in more than 45 countries worldwide. All Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations' public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation's roadways.
Mack is a member of the Volvo Group, a publicly held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. With annual sales of approximately $34 billion, Volvo business areas include heavy trucks, buses, construction equipment, marine and industrial drive systems, aerospace, and financial services. In the United States, Volvo shares are listed on NASDAQ and are traded as ADRs (symbol: VOLV).