Mack Trucks held a ceremony this week at its Hagerstown, MD, plant, marking 50 years since the first Mack engine rolled off the plant there.
The original facility covered about 1 million sq. ft. on 280 acres of land and cost about $45 million to construct. Since then, the plant has had to adapt just as engines have. It now covers over 1.5 million sq. ft. – the area of more than 30 football fields – and includes robotics, automation and assembly controls to ensure product quality.
Mack said it has invested more than $300 million since 2001 in the facility, including a new engine development lab.
“For half a century, the heart of every Mack truck has originated in Hagerstown,” said Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice president, U.S. and Canada. “We’ve always been an integrated manufacturer, with engines, transmissions and axles specifically designed to work together. Delivering on the Mack brand promise of reliability, durability and application excellence starts with the powertrain – and our hats are off to everyone in Hagerstown as they celebrate this milestone.”