By GUY FLETCHER
Some laid off Mack Trucks Inc. workers are getting an early holiday present as increased production at the Hagerstown powertrain manufacturing plant is causing the company to recall as many as 50 people to their jobs.
"It's a cyclical business. (Employment) fluctuates with production in the plant," said Mack spokesman John Mies.
Mack employs about 1,200 people.
Mack currently is producing about 112 engines a day at the Hagerstown plant, up from the 101-a-day level it posted in May, Mies said. The lower production in the spring prompted the layoff of 30 workers, most of whom were later rehired as production increased during the summer, he said.
"It totally depends on the market, but right now things look good for us," he said.
Mies said between 45 and 50 laid off workers are in the process of being recalled to meet the needs of increased production and to fill some positions opened by retirement. There is no way of telling how long production will stay strong enough to keep the workers, he said, but added that truck orders are brisk.