Mack cuts workforce

Mack Trucks announced today that it would eliminate 450 jobs over the next six months at its truck assembly plant in Macungie, Pa. The company blamed the cuts on the more stringent U.S. EPA emissions standards taking effect on Jan. 1, 2007, which it anticipates will lead to reduced demand for trucks industry-wide.

“We very much regret the impact this action will have on our employees, their families and our local community,” said Mack President and CEO Paul L. Vikner in a statement. “But these reductions are essential to the responsible management of our business through the downturn. Right now, our focus is on developing our plans to assist affected employees.”