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Old 08-17-2008, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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I was really saddened by the news of Mack Trucks leaving PA. This will affect at least 680 jobs.
Mack Trucks will position itself in Greensboro, NC and be part of the Volvo group there.
It was such a solid and strong business, I hate to see it leave. Notwithstanding, I hate to see the all these jobs leave!

Mack Trucks HQ leaving Pa. | Wilkes-Barre business, company news, financials | timesleader.com - The Times Leader (http://www.timesleader.com/business/Mack_Trucks_HQ_leaving_Pa__08-14-2008.html - broken link)
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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The Mack Truck History in PA:

Jack Mack was one of five brothers, raised by German Parents on a farm near SCRANTON, PA. In 1878 Jack ran away from home to work as a teamster. He was only 14 years old.

Mack learned how to work on steam engines, a talent that toook him to sea.

After that adventure, Mack and his brother Augustus purchased a small carriage and wagon business, that was located in Brooklyn in 1893.
It was depression time and few orders came in.

But Mack established a reputaion for first class wagon repair.

In 1900, after 8 years, the first hand crafted Mack Motor vehicle was ready.
This was a bus for 20 people, with a 4 cylinder engine made for sightseers.
Orders soon followed. Three other brothers joined in the business.

In 1905 they moved to ALLENTOWN, PA as the Mack Brothers Motor Car. Co.
Jack Mack was the driving force.

But Jack wanted trucks. Along came, fire engines, rail cars, and buses.
Plus the top of the line, admired and loved, Mack Truck. He did some great new designs with cab overs and a" Mack Truck" became the truck to obtain.

In 1922 Mack was the premier maker of heavy duty trucks making 600 per year.

Later it would expand and merge...........

Unhappy with the new arrangements Jack left. But the reputation of Mack Trucks lived on........

Jack Mack - " first to build 'em like a Mack Truck"

One Hundred and Three years in Allentown. I celebrate their time here, and their history. It is heartbreaking to see them go.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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Too bad they didn't give the city or state officials any notice about leaving. Did you read that they are planning to add jobs to the manufacturing plant? That was the only good part.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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I actually saw this come up on TV. I don't get the Lehigh Newspapers..........unless I am visiting in Forks.
I'll have to punch in to the Morning Call for more information on the hows and whys......
What a beautiful history, so interesting!
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:06 AM
 
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Too bad they didn't give the city or state officials any notice about leaving. Did you read that they are planning to add jobs to the manufacturing plant? That was the only good part.
True, some jobs will be added to the plant. The tax dollars will go to Macungie, leaving Allentown with a shortfall...somewhat bittersweet.

Its a shame because there is so much history there.
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