Mack answers call of duty once again


Mack Trucks Inc. announced that it has received an order for 18 more Vision Elite model tractors from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The order is valued at $2.4 million and includes 35-ton lowboy trailers for each tractor.

This order is the second to be placed by TACOM as part of a three-year $28.5 million contract that calls for a total of 152 Vision Elite models. TACOM has taken delivery of 80 Vision Elite tractors so far this year, along with trailers. The Vision Elite models were assembled at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va., and have 70-inch high-rise sleepers.

Mack also delivered 12 rugged Granite Elite tractor models to TACOM earlier this year as part of a three-year $8.6 million contract to provide 66 Granite Elite models. In addition, two Granite Elite straight trucks have been outfitted for TACOM with Jerr-Dan HDL 600/350 30-Ton Integrated Wrecker bodies, for use in severe service, heavy-duty towing and recovery operations. The Granite Elites were assembled at the Mack Macungie Assembly Operations plant located outside of Allentown, Pa.

“Mack is proud to deliver these trucks on or ahead of schedule to the U.S. Army,” says Tom Kelly, senior vice president of product portfolio management for Mack, based in Lehigh Valley, Pa. “These trucks each embody Mack’s commitment to high quality and application excellence. Our experience manufacturing absolutely reliable and dependable military trucks dates back to World War I. Mack uses all that experience when engineering and building trucks for extremely demanding missions.”