Mack rolls out 2000th truck at NRV plant (May 27, 2003)

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LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. — Mack Trucks Inc. recently announced the 2,000th Mack highway vehicle rolled off the line at the New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly facility.

The milestone at the Dublin, Virginia plant marks a significant manufacturing achievement for the company, coming just six months after Mack ended production of CH and Vision highway models at its facility in Winnsboro, S.C.

The last Mack vehicle came off the line in Winnsboro Nov. 8, 2002, and the plant was closed on November 15. Less than three weeks later, on Dec. 4, 2002, the first Mack vehicle built at NRV was driven off the plant’s new Area South line for delivery to the customer. Mack production at NRV has progressively increased since then, reaching the current 36 units a day on May 1, 2003.

“The 2,000-truck milestone, together with the ramp-up in Mack production rates and the reaction of our customers to both the plant and the products being produced there, are all indicative of how successful this transition has been,” said Paul Vikner, Mack president and CEO.

Darry Stuart of DWS Fleet Management Services, says he was amazed with the plant operation.

“I have been in this business for thirty-five years, and I have visited a lot of manufacturing plants,” Stuart said. “And I’m still not sure how they managed to pull all this off at NRV in such a short period of time.”

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