Mack to lay off 400 at Pennsylvania plant

Blames weakened demand for trucks.

MACUNGIE, Pa. — Mack Trucks Inc. plans to lay off 400 people, or more than 20% of the work force at its Pennsylvania manufacturing facility.

The Greensboro, North Carolina-based company blames weakened demand in the announcement Dec. 15.

The layoffs take effect Jan. 25.

The plant in Lower Macungie Township, near Allentown, assembles every Mack truck built for the North American market and export. It currently has about 1,850 workers.

Mack is part of the Volvo Group. Volvo announced Tuesday it plans to lay off 200 people from its powertrain facility in Hagerstown, Maryland. The facility manufactures Mack engines, transmissions and axles.

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