October 22, 2004
Joseph C. Merrick, a retired Mack Trucks vice president and Project Liberty Ship volunteer officer who served in the Canadian navy, the U.S. merchant marine and the Army six decades ago, died from stroke complications Monday at his Glen Burnie home. He was 79. Mr. Merrick was born in Glendale, Calif., and raised there and in Victoria, British Columbia. He served in the Canadian navy from 1943 to 1944, when he left to join the merchant marine. "He left the Canadian navy after seeing the food that the U.S. merchant mariners were getting.
January 3, 2004
Kenyan police are investigating the death of a Western Maryland truck factory worker who was shot to death in an apparent robbery this week during a Christian missionary trip to the East African nation. Police said Paul A. Ritchey, 62, was killed Tuesday evening when assailants entered the guesthouse where he was staying in Malaba, a town on the country's western edge near the Ugandan border. "There were two local children watching television in the house where he was staying, and the intruders told them to lie down," said William Okello, officer in charge of Kenya's Teso district.
June 1, 2002
HAGERSTOWN - AB Volvo's decision this week to assemble its next-generation diesel truck engines at its Mack Truck Inc. plant here gives new life to a large factory that has been a vital part of the region's economy for four decades. "This means that we will be building engines here well beyond 2010," said Roger W. Johnston, vice president and general manager of the Mack plant, Washington County's sixth-largest employer. Had the plant - which last year assembled 30,000 truck engines and nearly 6,000 transmissions and is large enough to house three football fields - not gotten the work, Johnston said, "this location would have been phased out over time.
March 16, 2001
In the Region Mack Trucks to add to Md. presence with Elkridge warehouse Mack Trucks Inc. is expanding its presence in Maryland with a new parts-distribution center in Elkridge. Mack, based in Allentown, Pa., will move 122 jobs from its 210,000-square-foot distribution facility in Severn to the 314,000-square-foot Howard County warehouse when it's completed this fall. It will become one of two master distribution facilities in the United States; the other is in Chicago. Mack also has a facility in Hagerstown, where it builds transmissions and engines.
June 12, 2000
Mack Trucks to mark centennial with open house The 100th anniversary of Mack Trucks will be celebrated Saturday with an open house at the Baltimore Parts Distribution Center in Severn. Located at 8000 Telegraph Road, the 127-employee facility, which moved to Anne Arundel County from New Jersey nearly two decades ago, is the world's largest distribution center for Mack Truck parts. It has 5 acres under roof, manages about 42,000 parts and ships an average of 150,000 pounds of parts daily to destinations worldwide.
April 29, 1994
Teamsters reach tentative accordNegotiators for the Teamsters and 22 trucking companies reached a tentative agreement late yesterday that would increase members' pay and could end a 23-day-old nationwide trucking strike.The Teamsters said the proposed agreement would block a move to introduce part-time workers but opens the way for more goods to move off the highways and into the rail system.Representatives of union locals will review the agreement today, and members will vote by mail on whether to approve it.General Nutrition fined $2.4 millionGeneral Nutrition Inc. agreed yesterday to pay $2.4 million in civil penalties to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the vitamin and food supplement retailer violated the terms of two previous agreements with the agency.