Mack Trucks is well known as a manufacturer of trucks but was once also a manufacturer of buses. The bus plant was located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.
Mack Trucks timeline
- 1890: John M. Mack gets a job at Fallesen & Berry, a carriage and wagon company in Brooklyn, New York.
- 1893: Mack and his brother, Augustus F. Mack, buy the company John worked for.
- 1900: The Macks open their first bus manufacturing plant. The Mack bus, ordered by a sightseeing company, is delivered.
- 1902: The Mack Brothers Company established in New York.
- 1904: The company introduces the name Manhattan on its products.
- 1905: Allentown selected as the home of main manufacturing operations, and headquarters.
- 1910: The Manhattan name changed; from now on, the trucks are known as Mack Trucks.
- 1911: The company is sold, but it keeps operating as Mack Trucks.
- 1919: The United States Army conducts a trans-continental project using Mack Trucks to study the need for national highway systems.
- 1920: Mack Trucks are the first with power brakes on their trucks.
- 1922: The English bulldog is accepted as the company's corporate symbol.
- 1960: Bus production ended.
The company's trademark is an English Bulldog. Mack trucks earned this nickname in 1917, during World War I, when the British government purchased the Mack AC model to supply its front lines with troops, food and equipment. British soldiers dubbed the truck the "Bulldog Mack." Its pugnacious, blunt-nosed hood, coupled with its incredible durability, reminded the soldiers of the tenacious qualities of their country's mascot, the English Bulldog.