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Volvo Powertrain to be featured on 'Ultimate Factories'

January 12, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

The Volvo Powertrain North America plant that manufactures Mack Truck engines near Hagerstown will be featured in a program to air Saturday on The National Geographic Channel.

Mack Trucks spokesman John Walsh said film crews recently were at the plant to shoot segments for an hourlong episode of “Ultimate Factories,” a show that goes behind the scenes to unveil how some of the world’s most popular products are made.

“We focused on the production of Mack engines,” Walsh said of the filming portion at the Mack facility off U.S. 11.

Walsh said crews also concentrated on filming plant employees working on a drag-racing truck. He said he wasn’t sure whether a segment about the production of truck transmissions made the cut.

In addition to filming at the Washington County plant, National Geographic television crews visited the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, where Mack has a test track and another production facility in Macungie.

Mack is one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks that are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries, according to a corporate news release.

Mack trucks and diesel engines sold in North America are assembled in the United States.

Mack Trucks Inc. is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services.

The Volvo Group, which employs more than 90,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 180 markets.

Volvo Group sales for 2010 amounted to $36.7 billion.

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When it’s on

What: “Ultimate Factories”
When: Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m.
Where: The National Geographic Channel, Channel 71 on Antietam Cable.

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