Friday, June 26, 2009

Pulaski Plant Losing Mack Line, May Gain With New Volvos

Volvo Trucks North America's plant in Pulaski County will have a little less work to do beginning this fall when its Mack Trucks division consolidates its manufacturing in Pennsylvania at a plant where Mack assembles construction and garbage trucks. The number of layoffs expected because of the shift is uncertain at this point, officials say, thought it could be as many7 as 200 of the plant's 1,200 workers.

Countering that bad news for the plant is a ray of light: Volvo has announced it is taking orders for a low emission truck that will be built in Pulaski with production beginning in the fall. Truck manufacturers must comply with new air pollution standards from the EPA in 2010, one of the reasons truck sales have lagged. For a period, about a year ago, sales were high as companies loaded up on trucks that were less expensive than the new, low-emission trucks are expected to be.

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