Earlier this year, Mack Trucks announced plans to lay off 305 employees at its Philadelphia-area assembly plant. At the time, the company blamed the layoffs on a downturn in the heavy-duty truck market.
In late January, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Mack would be investing $13 million for a new plant in the state’s Roanoke county.
The operation will be focused on medium-duty truck production.
According to chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors David Radford, this will be “the first automotive project established in Virginia from prototype to production.”
A $700,000 state grant will assist Roanoke County with the project, and funding to support training will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
Mack has made a commitment to creating 250 jobs at the plant.