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Mack Trucks, Bowman mark record

December 21, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Representatives from Mack Trucks and D.M. Bowman celebrated a milestone Tuesday as drivers prepared to take the manufacturer's 1,550th load of E-Tech engines and transmissions to its Winnsboro, S.C., plant.

The shipment was the greatest number of loads D.M. Bowman has hauled to Mack's South Carolina plant in one year in their nearly 15-year association, said Roger Johnston, vice president and general manager of operations for Mack Trucks, which is a subsidiary of Renault V.I.

Mack's Hagerstown powertrain plant turns out about 212 heavy-duty diesel engines each day, and employs 1,370 people.

In 1998, D.M. Bowman hauled 1,400 Mack shipments to South Carolina, where the engines are installed in Mack's heavy-duty trucks.

Johnston, D.M. Bowman chairman Don Bowman and other company officials gathered at the loading dock at the Mack plant for brief remarks and refreshments Tuesday evening.

Mack initially chose Bowman to carry its equipment because it was a Maryland-based company, said Johnston.

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Over the years the companies "forged a solid relationship by understanding each other's needs," he said.

Mack and D.M. Bowman have worked as a team, to each company's benefit, Johnston said.

He praised the Williamsport trucking company for its "on-time delivery and good service."

D.M. Bowman's drivers make the nine- to 10-hour journey to Winnsboro and return with parts for the Washington County plant, he said.

Husband-and-wife truck driving team Gerald and Ruth JoAnne Mellot of Warfordsburg, Pa., would make the trip with the historic load, he said.

Don Bowman said he has long respected Mack Trucks because of the company's reputation for quality products.

He started his company 40 years ago operating a used Mack truck and still owns the first new Mack he bought years later for the company, he said.

"It's been a good partnership," and one that he hopes will continue, he said.

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