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June 8, 2004
Mack Trucks' groundbreaking for a new engine development laboratory north of Hagerstown, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed because several guests plan to attend former President Reagan's funeral that day, Mack spokeswoman Patti Friend said. The groundbreaking for the $150 million transformation of the Hagerstown-area plant into the North American Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing for the Volvo Group has not been rescheduled, Friend said. Gov. Robert Ehrlich was expected to attend the event.
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | December 21, 1999
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.
By MARIE GILBERT | | March 26, 2011
It's a bit like boot camp for bosses. A chief executive officer leaves the lap of luxury, takes on a secret identity and attempts to do the job of his employees. And, usually, doesn't do it very well. It's a working-class fantasy that is turned into reality each week on the hit CBS television show, "Undercover Boss. " The executives are humbled and the employees selected to train them become labor force heroes — maybe even celebrities. Mack Trucks Inc. employees Tracy Sweatt and Michael J. Davies might not put themselves in that category, but since appearing on the show, both said they've gotten a taste of star treatment.
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | December 24, 1998
A former Mack Trucks Inc. manager is returning to the company to head its Hagerstown powertrain plant starting Jan. 1, company spokesman John Mies announced Wednesday. Roger W. Johnston, 45, will replace Olivier J. Vidal as general manager, according to Mies. Johnston will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing in Hagerstown, including production, quality, material, human resources and facilities, he said. The Pennslyvania Avenue plant produces heavy-duty engines and transmissions for Mack's on- and off-road trucks.
By DAVE McMILLION | | February 16, 2011
Yes, that's Denny Slagle working in the Volvo Powertrain North America plant in Hagerstown. But it's hard to tell for sure. Slagle doesn't wear glasses, but he's peering through a pair of black spectacles in the plant, and his normally clean-shaven face is stubbled. That's a fake mustache, too. Slagle, the president and chief executive officer of Mack Trucks, Inc., is the latest company president to go undercover in his business in the upcoming episode of the CBS series "Undercover Boss.
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | September 18, 1999
It was a truck lover's paradise. Almost 150 trucks - dump trucks, tractor-trailer cabs, fire trucks and antique trucks - were at the Mack Trucks Inc. plant north of Hagerstown for the sixth annual Bulldog Roundup on Saturday. For $1, anyone with a driver's license could get behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer and drive around a fenced-off section of the parking lot. "I think I gave the guy whiplash," Donna Miller, 57, of Thurmont, Md., said of the truck driver who accompanied her on her big rig test drive.
February 10, 2000
  Evelyn Baker tours a mobile museum of Mack Trucks history, which stopped at the Pennsylvania Avenue plant in Hagerstown Thursday. The company is celebrating its 100th year and to commemorate the milestone the museum is stopping at Mack Trucks plants across the country. The museum is open to Mack employees only at this point. But the display will be returning to Hagerstown for the public to tour. photos: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer The big rigs built by Mack Trucks are known for being tough, an image evident in its Bulldog mascot.
December 3, 1996
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer 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.
January 21, 1999
Mack Trucks Inc. increased its share of the heavy truck market for the sixth straight year in 1998, the Allentown, Pa.-based truck manufacturer announced Thursday in a press release. The company, a subsidiary of Renault V.I., has 1,370 employees at its Hagerstown powertrain plant, which produces diesel engines for its U.S. truck plants. Mack retailed 26,801 heavy-duty trucks in the United States in 1998, which represented a 12.8 percent market share compared to 12.5 in 1997, according to the release.
by JULIE E. GREENE | July 24, 2004 Congress approved a bill late Thursday that would provide Mack Trucks $2 million more to continue its efforts to develop a hybrid diesel-electric powertrain for military and commercial use, according to U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's office. The Defense Appropriations Conference Report for fiscal year 2004-05, which contains the $2 million, still has to be approved by President Bush, Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said Friday. White House spokesman Allen Abney said it probably would be at least a week before the bill came before Bush for his signature.
September 8, 2013
David Albert Bowers, 59, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away of natural causes Sept. 7, 2013, at his home. A graveside service conducted by Pastor Herb Busick will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Manor Church Cemetery, Boonsboro, Md. He will be laid to rest beside his mother, Lena Mae Gaylor, who passed in July 2011. David was a 1972 graduate of Williamsport High School and attended Hagerstown Community College. He worked at Mack Trucks in the 1970s. He is survived by his son, Christopher Hornbecker of Ashburn, Va.; sister, Pamela M. Rinehart of Hagerstown; grandson, Chase; and two granddaughters, Lane and Bree.
September 5, 2013
James William Kershner, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born Feb. 12, 1920, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Earl McKinley and Grace Mae Ausherman Kershner. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a life member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown. He retired from Mack Trucks after 20 years. James was a member of Mack Golden Bulldogs, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. and Washington County AMVETS Post 10; a charter and life member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211; and a member of Elks Lodge 378, AARP, United Auto Workers 171 and Eagles Inc. of Waynesboro, Pa. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Mae Kershner; a son, James Lee Kershner and wife, Linda, of Funkstown; a grandson, James Frederick Kershner and wife, Michele, of Funkstown; and two great-grandchildren.
August 28, 2013
Sidney E. Creager Sr., 97, a resident of The Village of Laurel Run, Fayetteville, Pa., and formerly of 153 N. Potomac St., Waynesboro, died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in the nursing home.  Born Nov. 25, 1915, in Mont Alto, Pa., he was the son of the late Preston J. and Grace Mae (Dull) Creager.  He was a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area.  He graduated from Waynesboro High School with the Class of 1935.  He and his wife of over 46 years, Betty Marie (McCoy)
August 26, 2013
Nelson Ashwood Dunahugh, 83, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born Sept. 25, 1929, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Edward S. and Ada Lee Griffith Dunahugh. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard in the 29th Infantry as a tank commander for 14 years. He was a member of Way of the Cross Baptist Church. Nelson was employed by Mack Trucks, retiring in 1989. He is survived by two sons, Nelson Edward Dunahugh and Shane M. Dunahugh, both of Clear Spring, Md.; and one brother, Paul Gordon Dunahugh of Falling Waters.
By TIM ROWLAND | August 25, 2013
An interesting scene plays out fairly frequently at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown. Parents bring their children to see the exhibits, then sneak back on their own to take in the show in more detail. Discovery Station is one of the inner city's success stories. Established in 2005, the interactive museum attracts 12,000 people a year, many of whom are from other states. It has become a crucible for local lore, with donations coming from area sources who aren't sure what to do with, for example, an antique M.P. Moller pipe organ.
August 2, 2013
Nancy I. Rahochik, 84, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Saturday, July 27, 2013, while under hospice care. Born Dec. 17, 1928, in Newark, N.J., Nancy was the daughter of Frank and Irene Cilento. She was always active and athletic, and loved to swim, roller skate and dance. On her 19th birthday, she met Andy Rahochik at a dance, and they were married four years later. They lived in New Jersey, but when Mack Trucks moved them to Hagerstown, Md., they chose a large old country house in Smithsburg to raise their family.
July 18, 2013
A 63-year-old Fortuna, Calif., man was flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday afternoon after his car collided with a Mack truck on southbound Interstate 81 near Williamsport, according to Maryland State Police. The 3:25 p.m. crash tied up traffic in the area for hours during rush hour for the helicopter to land and to allow police to investigate the accident. For unknown reasons, Ronald Plotnick lost control of his 2013 Hyundai and struck a guardrail in the median, police said in a news release.
July 12, 2013
Joseph "Joe" Robert Rohr, 90, of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Born April 30, 1923, in Boonsboro, he was the son of the late Charles Gary and Viola Belle (McFarland) Rohr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Grace (Bowers) Rohr, whom he married on Jan. 1, 1948. Joe graduated from Williamsport High School in 1942. He was a sergeant during World War II, serving in the U.S. Army with the 189th Labor Supervision Center in the European Theater of Operations.
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | July 4, 2013
There will be a meeting of the Mack Trucks Golden Bulldogs Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at Local 171 Meeting Hall on Maugans Avenue. Guest speaker Roger Keller will talk about the various events going on in Washington County. Twenty-four members of the Golden Bulldogs visited the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on June 26. The group toured the three museum buildings, as well as the buildings in the village area. The members were surprised to see the latest addition to the Transportation Museum - a 1925 Mack AB truck.
June 13, 2013
William Rhodes (Bill) Iseminger, 76, of Funkstown, Md., died on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. Born Nov. 11, 1936, in Funkstown, he was the son of the late William Garis and Elsie Elizabeth Rhodes Iseminger. He began working at Mack Trucks in 1968 as a heat treat foreman, and later became a metallurgist, after completing several college courses. He retired in 2000. Prior to his career at Mack Trucks, he owned Hub City Esso in Hagerstown, and Myersville Esso.
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