The new MD series is the first medium-duty truck since Mack left the market in 2003.

March-April 2020

Tyson Fisher

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SALEM, Va. – Nearly 20 years after pulling out of the medium-duty market, Mack is back. Mack Trucks recently unveiled its new MD series trucks at its brand new facility in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley.

The MD Series is available in 4×2 configurations. The MD6 and MD7 models feature a sharp wheel cut for enhanced maneuverability for urban settings. The MD Series cab design features a short bumper-to-back-of-cab measurement of 103 inches. It matches the look and styling of the Mack Anthem with similar grille and hood design. The Mack MD6, a Class 6 model, has a gross vehicle weight rating of 25,995 pounds. The MD7, a Class 7 model, has a GVWR of 33,000 pounds. Both models are exempt from the 12% Federal Excise Tax.

“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.”

The new medium-duty trucks will meet the needs of trucking applications requiring dry van/refrigerated, stake/flatbed, dump and tank truck vocations, the company says.

The introduction of the MD Series was accompanied by the unveiling of a $13 million facility in Roanoke Valley. Gov. Ralph Northam was there to cut the ribbon. Mack says about 250 jobs will be created at the new location. Production of the MD Series is expected to begin in July.

“I grew up in rural area working on cars and trucks,” Northam said. “Everybody knew about Mack Trucks, a company that started right here in America back in 1900.”

The announcement comes just weeks after Mack announced it would lay off 305 employees at its Lehigh Valley Operations plant in Lower Macungie Township, Pa. The Lehigh facility manufactures Class 8 trucks.

At the time of the layoff announcement, Mack spokesman Christopher Heffner said the industry is “continuing to manage through a period of excess inventory and reduced demand which necessitated the layoffs.”

“We regret having to take this action, but we operate in a cyclical market, and after two years of extremely high volumes, we have to adapt to reduced market demand,” Heffner said in an email to Land Line about the Lehigh Valley layoffs. “Our current forecast for 2020 is a nearly 30% drop in the market, and this reduction is a step in our continued adaptation to market conditions.”

The new Virginia facility will be dedicated to production of the new MD series. Conversely, the Lehigh Valley plant is committed to Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Jonathan Randall, Mack’s senior vice president of North American sales and marketing, told Land Line the new facility takes nothing away from the Lehigh Valley plant.

“We continue to make and will make significant investments into (Lehigh Valley operation),” Randall said. LL

Tyson Fisher

Tyson Fisher joined Land Line Magazine in March 2014. An award-winning journalist and tireless researcher, his news reports, features and blogs bring depth to our editorial content, backed with solid detail. Tyson is a lifelong Kansas Citian.