Mack Trucks announces it will start producing a new medium-duty truck series, the Mack MD. In addition, the company is making a $13 million investment to establish its Roanoke Valley Operations (RVO), a new manufacturing facility in Roanoke Valley, VA, for the production of the Mack MD Series. The project will result in the creation of up to 250 new jobs.
Company executives and public officials from the region made the announcement at the new facility near Salem, VA. A prototype of the new MD Series was unveiled, as well.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said during the event that the area's workforce is the reason companies like Mack Trucks are coming to region. "We have one of the most talented workforces," he said. "We need to continue to be able to train our workforce for these 21st century jobs."
“Mack Trucks is very proud to make this investment and to now offer a full lineup of Class 6 to Class 8 commercial vehicles, serving virtually every segment of the market,” said Martin Weissburg, Mack Trucks President. “With this investment, Mack is well-positioned for future success, and we’re taking orders for the new truck beginning today.”
Mack’s investment is being used for equipment, tooling and building enhancements in the 280,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to the assembly of Mack medium-duty vehicles.
Weissburg noted during the launch event the company was able to quickly get the prototype and testing of the truck completed, as well as the new production facility up and running.
The new Mack HD
The Mack MD6, a Class 6 model, has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 25,995 lbs., and the MD7, a Class 7 model, has a GVWR of 33,000 lbs. Both models are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET).
These new truck models are specifically built for medium-duty applications. They are designed for applications requiring dry van/refrigerated, stake/flatbed, dump and tank truck vocations. The MD6 model does not require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to operate for non-hazardous payloads.
Available in 4x2 configurations, the MD6 and MD7 models feature a sharp wheel cut for enhanced maneuverability for tough urban settings. The MD Series cab design features a short bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) measurement of 103 in., an industry best. Mack matched the bold look and styling of the Mack Anthem, Mack’s highway model, as a basis for the grille and hood design found on the MD Series.
With the new Mack MD, Weissburg said the company now has a full line of trucks which will attract even more customers to its brand.
Benefits to the region
Having Mack Trucks make this investment in the area brings not just jobs, but well paying jobs so people in the area "can support themselves and their families, and enjoy a great quality of life," said Governor Northam.
David Radford, Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, said once the new facility reaches its goal of 250 jobs it will have an annual financial impact of $364 million in the region. "This further strengthens our economic position and create new opportunities for our citizens," he said.
The new facility will begin serial production of the Mack MD Series will starting in July 2020.