GREENSBORO, NC -- When Mack Trucks moved into its new world headquarters in Greensboro, it did so with a lot of fanfare. There were displays of modern and antique Mack trucks, tours of the building, presentations on the company’s history and accomplishments, and contests for employees. And, of course, the company’s famous mascot, the bulldog, walked alongside company executives as they addressed local and state officials and employees.
The 1980s began with a period of losses for Mack, with the first three years of operation posting losses in the tens of millions of dollars. The company continued to struggle in the face of a difficult economic climate, and in 1990, Mack sold its shares of stock to Renault Vehicules Industriels. In 2000, Renault Vehicules Industriels was acquired by AB Volvo, and Mack Trucks became part of the Volvo Group.
During the 1970s, Mack introduced its RW model, a premium cab-over-engine heavy-duty truck designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of customers. The model enjoyed a 15-year production run before Mack introduced its MC/MR series to address the refuse, construction and urban delivery markets.
When the opportunity arose to open a new manufacturing plant, Mack was confident Virginia was the right choice. The Commonwealth’s business-friendly environment, skilled workforce and proximity to suppliers made it the natural choice. The Roanoke County facility currently produces medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks that are sold in more than 45 countries around the world.