ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ)-- Thursday marked a major celebration as Governor Ralph Northam helped Mack Trucks unveil its brand-new Roanoke County facility on Technology Drive.
“Without trucks, America stops, and this facility will keep America moving and keep the state of Virginia moving in a very, very good way,l” said Mack Trucks Martin Weissburg.
Mack’s $13 million Roanoke Valley Operation will provide 250 jobs, helping to keep Virginia’s unemployment percentage of 2.6 percent low.
“Companies want to come to areas like this because they know we have good workers that are talented and we can also train those that need to be trained for their jobs, so this is a real win-win for Virginia,” said Gov. Northam.
The plant will be used to produce a brand-new line of Mack medium-duty trucks: larger than a pickup, but smaller than traditional 18-wheelers.
“The iconic bulldog is now on a class six and class seven truck,” said Weissburg.
Mack’s investment in the Valley is estimated to make an annual economic impact of $364 million on the entire region.
“We are proud to welcome such an iconic brand to Roanoke County, which promises to elevate the region’s profile on the national stage,” said Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Radford.
Mack will begin hiring for the 250 jobs over the coming months.
The company is now taking orders on its new line of trucks, and plans to begin production on them this summer.
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