Engine assembly in the Hagerstown plant in the 1970s.
Today, robotics, automation and assembly controls help ensure product quality, according to Mack officials.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Mack Trucks’ powertrain components plant in Hagerstown is celebrating 50 years in operation today.
In 1959, after looking for a modern alternative to its existing engine, transmission and carrier facility in Plainfield, N.J., Mack decided to invest $45 million in a new 1 million-sq. ft. plant on 280 acres in Hagerstown. With construction complete, the first Mack engine rolled off the assembly line in 1961.
Today, the facility is approximately 1.5 million sq. ft. – the area of more than 30 football fields. More than $300 million has been invested in upgrades since 2001, including its engine development lab, according to officials
“For half a century, the heart of every Mack truck has originated in Hagerstown,” said Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice-president, US 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.”
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