AUSA Sustaining Member Profile: Forschler & Associates Mack Trucks, Inc

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Forschler & Associates is the authorized representative of Mack Trucks, Inc., which is a member of the Volvo Group of companies, Gothenburg, Sweden. Founded: 1900. Number of employees: 5,037 (as of August 31,2005). President/CEO: Paul L. Vikner. Headquarters: Allentown, Pa. Mailing Address: Mack Trucks, Inc. Government/Military Office; 320 King Street, Suite 301; Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: 703-683-7010.

Represented to the U.S. Army and the federal government by Forschler & Associates, Mack Trucks, Inc. is one of North America's largest manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks and one of the best-known brands in American commerce. In 2005 Mack and its sister companies Volvo Trucks North America and Volvo Powertrain together created a Government Sales & Business Development Group to focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of dealing with today's federal government as a customer.

Over the past century, the Mack brand has worked its way into the English language as a symbol of strength, toughness, durability and reliability-"Built like a MACK Truck®." Mack as a brand began in 1900 with two brothers, Jack and Gus Mack, who owned a wagon-making operation in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Mack brothers equipped one of their models with a newly developed internal combustion engine and convinced a local tour operator to take a chance on the project. In this way the first Mack vehicle-and first motorized bus in North America-was born: "Old No. 1," which ran for 25 years and logged more than a million miles during the early part of the 20th century. Five years later, the Mack brothers shifted production to trucks, and eventually Mack became synonymous with the word truck for people throughout America and around the world.

Today Mack is the leader in the construction, refuse and economic haul segments of the U.S. truck market; and, as part of the global Volvo Group of companies, which also includes Volvo Trucks North America and Volvo Powertrain, Mack is a key component of the second-largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in the world.

Throughout Mack's history, it has supported the defense of freedom and liberty through supplying vehicles to America's armed forces. In fact, the famed Bulldog symbol for Mack has its roots in World War I, when Mack provided more than 4,000 Model AC trucks to British and American forces in that conflict. The trucks proved to be virtually indestructible as they pulled artillery and other equipment through the battles in Europe. …