Mack Trucks celebrates 100 years in Canada
Mack Trucks has reached a significant milestone in Canada in 2021 - it's 100th anniversary.
"Mack's leadership in commercial vehicles goes back more than 120 years, and we've proudly served Canada and its diverse regions and demanding applications throughout much of that history," said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and commercial operations.
Mack introduced a special badge to commemorate the anniversary that will be used in various applications throughout the year. The icon incorporates the Mack logo, Canada's maple leaf, "100 Years," and the phrase, "Building Canada Since 1921," or "100 Ans" and the phrase "Bâtisseur Du Canada Depuis 1921" when in Québec.
The "Bulldog" Mack AC model forged its reputation on the front lines during World War I. Many of the army surplus AC models came back to Canada after the war ended, bearing that reputation and quickly became popular for many heavy-haul applications.
Mack noticed the growing demand in the Canadian truck market and established Mack Trucks of Canada Ltd. in 1921 in a small building on Vanauley Street in downtown Toronto, delivering the Mack AB and AC models from this location. One of Mack's largest Canadian customers in 1921 was Ontario-based Dufferin Construction, which is still in business today and has been a Mack customer for 100 years.
As Mack sales continued to grow throughout the 1920s, the company moved to a succession of larger facilities in Toronto and continued expanding its sales and dealer network to all parts of the country.