A $26-million upgrade of the Macungie (PA) Cab & Vehicle Assembly plant has been announced by Mack Trucks Inc. in a bid to improve build quality and customer lead times.

Per the OEM, the investment will enable a comprehensive realignment of sub-assembly and material handling to more efficiently support the main vehicle assembly lines. 

New processes will be implemented and new equipment installed as well to improve Macungie’s post-production inspection and testing of completed vehicles, said Mack.

In addition, two new state-of-the-art dynamometers (which allow completed trucks to run on stationary rollers for enhanced testing of a variety of engine and vehicle systems) will be installed.

“This investment speaks to our commitment to operational excellence,” said Roger Johnson, vice president & general manager. “Our highly engaged workforce will use these enhancements to take another step in our journey toward truly world-class manufacturing in Macungie.”

Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing, noted that “along with a product lineup and a dealer network that have never been stronger, this latest significant investment in our facilities sends a clear message that Mack is poised to grow our business.”

Mack Trucks is part of Gothenburg, Sweden-based AB Volvo. The Volvo Group is a leading global manufacturer of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines.