The Bulldog is Traveling for Christmas

Mack Trucks Again Providing MACK® Pinnacle™ for Capitol Christmas Tree Project

GREENSBORO, NC (July 9, 2012) – The Bulldog is again gearing up for holiday travel and is showing its Christmas spirit by participating in the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Project. Mack Trucks is providing a custom-decorated MACK® Pinnacle™ model to deliver the tree from Meeker, Colo., to the Capitol.

The SmartWay-certified Pinnacle Axle Back model sleeper, provided by Mack, is hauling the tree that will light up the nation’s capital this year as part of the annual Capitol Christmas Tree Project.

U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell will drive the Mack Pinnacle model delivering the tree, which will be selected from the White River National Forest in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in northwest Colorado. Campbell previously transported the tree as part of the 2000 project.

The Superintendent of Grounds for the Capitol will choose the tree from candidates selected by White River National Forest staff. Once selected, the tree will be cut in early November and brought to Meeker for a celebration. Following the celebration, the tree will be wrapped and ready to embark on its multi-week journey to the Capitol. 

Numerous cities and towns will have celebrations at stops along the way, giving visitors an opportunity to see the Mack Pinnacle hauling the massive tree. 

After arriving in Washington, the tree will be decorated with almost 10,000 low-energy LED lights and thousands of ornaments. A lighting ceremony on the west lawn of the Capitol will be conducted, and the tree will remain lit throughout the holiday season.
The tradition of “the People’s Tree” began in 1964, and national forests rotate responsibility each year for providing the tree. The Bulldog has delivered Christmas to the Capitol before, most recently last year when a Mack Pinnacle hauled a 65-foot white fir from California to Washington.

“What better way to deliver the Capitol Christmas Tree, a national treasure, than with a Mack, built, like all of our trucks, right here in the United States.” said John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing.

Mack Trucks is again providing a custom-decorated MACK® Pinnacle™ model to deliver the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Meeker, Colo., to the nation’s capital. Last year’s Pinnacle model, shown above, traveled from the Stanislaus National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

Dedicated to quality, reliability, and total customer satisfaction, Mack Trucks, Inc. has provided its customers with innovative transportation solutions for more than a century.  Today, Mack is one of North America’s largest producers of heavy-duty trucks and MACK® trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries.  Mack trucks and diesel engines sold in North America are assembled in the United States.  Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.  Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations’ public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation’s roadways.

Mack Trucks, Inc. is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and is one of the world’s leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter).  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  The Volvo Group, which employs more than 90,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets.  Volvo Group sales for 2010 amounted to $36.7 billion.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.