Local Mack plant boss takes headquarters job

January 24, 1998


Staff Writer

Ross Rhoads, long-time general manger of the Mack Trucks plant on Maugans Avenue, has taken a new position with the company's world headquarters in Allentown, Pa.

Mack's contract with the United Auto Workers expires this October, and Rhoads will help company officials analyze Mack's interests in the negotiation process, said Mack spokesman John Mies.

Rhoads will work with company locations where United Auto Workers are employed to identify key issues in the process, Mies said.


Olivier Vidal, former assistant to the general manager of the Hagerstown Powertrain Operations, is the new general manager.

Vidal, 38, joined the local plant in 1996.

As general manager Vidal is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing in Hagerstown.

Vidal came to Mack from its parent company, Renault V.I., where he served most recently as director of quality for the mechanical components division, Mack officials said.

Previously, Vidal was production manager of Renault V.I.'s Limoges plant. He also spent four years as quality manager of the Venissieux engine plant.

Vidal holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris and a finance degree from Paris University.

Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers, who works in the shipping and receiving department at Mack, said he believes Vidal will be very interested in the inner workings of local and state government, and how it relates to Mack.

"I can say as a Mack worker that Olivier will be very pro-community. Hopefully, we'll extend a warm Washington County welcome to him," Bowers said.

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