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U.S. Army Again Chooses Mack Trucks

Mon November 09, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Mack Trucks Inc. has received three additional delivery orders for Mack Vision Elite model tractors from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The orders are part of a three-year $28.5 million contract for 152 heavy-duty tractors and trailers, as well as spare parts. Orders received under this contract since its inception in October 2008 already total $20.2 million, but the Army has the option under the contract to order additional product from Mack beyond the quantities outlined in the original award. Other recent orders from the Army under separate contracts total $4.88 million.

The three additional delivery orders include 46 Vision Elite tractors with 70-in. (178 cm) high-rise sleepers, paired with 35-ton (32 t) lowboy trailers and spare parts. These three orders total $6.6 million, with delivery scheduled for May and June 2010.

Known domestically as the Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model, the Vision Elite tractor is designed for use in markets outside of North America and is powered by an export version of the Mack MP8 13-L diesel engine.

“Mack is proud to supply the U.S. Army with tough and reliable trucks for the most demanding environments,” said Tom Kelly, Mack senior vice president, product portfolio management. “Mack’s legacy of ’Bulldog-tough’ military trucks meshes precisely with our leading-edge engineering, technology and comfort to meet the needs of today’s military.”

Demonstrating it can meet or exceed Army deadlines, Mack has already delivered 80 Vision Elite models to TACOM in 2009, with 18 more on track for delivery in November. Under a separate contract, Mack also is providing the extremely rugged Mack Granite Elite tractor model to TACOM for use in frequently harsh on/off-highway operations.

The Mack trucks supplied to TACOM are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va., and the Macungie Assembly Operations plant located outside of Allentown, Pa.

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