Mack Trucks Inc. introduced itself to the Piedmont Triad Thursday, Sept. 3, as the company officially celebrated the grand opening of the new Mack World Headquarters on National Service Road in Greensboro, N.C.
“Today begins a new chapter in Mack’s long and illustrious history,” says Dennis Slagle, Mack president and chief executive officer. “We have a 109-year tradition of success, forged by excellent people and products, and that tradition will continue to grow here in North Carolina. The state and local area have welcomed Mack with open arms, and we look forward to becoming part of this community.”
The company marked the establishment of its new base of operations with a celebration that included a display of modern and antique Mack trucks, tours of the new headquarters, presentations on Mack’s history and accomplishments, and contests for employees. And since no celebration of Mack is complete without the company’s world-famous mascot, a bulldog walked along with Slagle as he approached the podium to address employees and state and local officials. Later, an eight-foot-tall gold statue of the Mack Bulldog poised in front of the new headquarters was unveiled.
The event also marked the official opening of the Mack Shop located in the new headquarters and open to the general public. The store sells officially licensed Mack merchandise.
Mack moved its headquarters to Greensboro as part of a restructuring plan designed to improve organizational efficiency and competitiveness. As a Volvo Group company, many of the corporate support functions Mack relies on – such as human resources, information technology, financial services and logistics – are already based in Greensboro, where they support other group companies in North America. The Volvo Group’s roots in Greensboro go back to 1981.
“Establishing Mack World Headquarters here in Greensboro alongside our support organizations will make us a more efficient, agile and cost-effective organization in almost every aspect of our business, from product development to aftermarket support,” Slagle says. “It further positions us for long-term growth and industry leadership.”
Mack’s World Headquarters houses executive offices, as well as sales, marketing, international operations, dealer operations and other departments. Other functions, including technical and customer support, are located in nearby facilities on the Greensboro campus. As a result of the same restructuring plan, production of all Mack trucks has been consolidated at the Macungie Assembly Operations in Pennsylvania, just outside of Allentown.