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Mack cancels Bulldog Roundup

September 06, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

HAGERSTOWN

daniels@herald-mail.com

Mack Trucks Inc. said Friday it decided to cancel this year's annual Bulldog Roundup, normally held the third Saturday in September, due to construction at the Volvo Powertrain North America plant near Hagerstown.

Volvo Group, parent company of Mack Trucks, announced plans in October 2004 to invest $150 million to convert the Pennsylvania Avenue plant into its North American Center of Excellence for Volvo Powertrain. The construction is part of those plans, Mack spokesman Bob Martin said. Work began at the site last summer.

Martin said the Bulldog Roundup normally draws several thousand people.

"They're not able to hold it this year due to the construction that's happening at the site," he said. "It's really not possible to host a crowd of that magnitude while the construction is going on."

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Once the construction is completed, Martin said, the facility will be equipped with a state-of-the-art engine development laboratory to be linked with Volvo's other laboratories worldwide. The facility will manufacture both Mack and Volvo truck engines.

"We're in the process of redoing all of the production areas and we're also building an engineering development facility," Martin said. "It's essentially a component of Volvo Powertrain's global engine development capabilities."

Martin said the Bulldog Roundup is held annually to showcase the plant and to help raise funds for nonprofit organizations in the community. The event features a variety of components including a plant tour, a rodeo and a lineup of Mack trucks, with their trademark Bulldog logos.

"It's basically a community event which is held to give people a chance to, one, to see the facility, and it raises money for the nonprofit groups," Martin said.

While construction is expected to continue through 2007, Martin said he hopes enough work will be done to be able to hold the event next year.

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