The Bulldog Brings Cheer to the Mack Customer Center


Children pose with Mack the Bulldog, as well as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, during a holiday event at the Mack Customer Center planned around an official stop of the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour.

The 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree hauled by a MACK® Pinnacle™ was showcased at the Mack Customer Center during a community holiday celebration. Mack Trucks provided the custom-decaled Mack Pinnacle Axle Back highway tractor transporting the tree and committed to support the project again in 2013.

The 2012 tree and Mack Pinnacle, driven by former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, stopped at the Mack Customer Center on the way to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The 73-foot, 74-year-old Engelmann Spruce was harvested from the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo. on Nov. 2, when the trek to the nation’s capital began.

The celebration in Allentown offered an opportunity for Lehigh Valley residents to see the famous Christmas tree and to meet Santa Claus and Mack the Bulldog. The Mack Customer Center, including the Mack Trucks Historical Museum and product showroom, was decorated for the holidays and open to the public.

The U.S. Forest Service along with Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit conservation organization, is coordinating the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour. Hale Trailer Brake and Wheel in Allentown, Pa. donated the custom-built trailer, fitted with a cradle to support the tree’s branches during transit.

“Hauling the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree and hosting this official tour stop at our Mack Customer Center is a great opportunity,” said John Walsh, vice president of marketing for Mack Trucks. “Thousands of people have attended celebrations along the journey from Colorado, so we’re pleased that Lehigh Valley residents, Mack employees and Hale Trailer employees are able to see this special tree, meet Sen. Campbell and celebrate the holidays in a uniquely Mack way.”

(From left to right) Kaitlyn, Kim, Ryan and Justin Stauffer with Nadine and Doug Hohe enjoy a holiday celebration at the Mack Customer Center while viewing the Capitol Christmas Tree, hauled by a MACK® Pinnacle™, on the way to Washington, D.C.

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 the Christmas tree to the Capitol before, most recently last year when a Mack Pinnacle hauled a 65-foot white fir from California to Washington, D.C.

Prior to stopping in Allentown, the  tour stopped in locations in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, where celebrations were conducted along the route. The tour will conclude at Joint Base Andrews, formerly Andrews Air Force Base, before proceeding to Washington, D.C. The official lighting ceremony for the Capitol Christmas tree will be on Dec. 4 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

“It has been our honor to be at the forefront of projects of national significance throughout our history,” Walsh added. “Mack was there when the Hoover Dam, Lincoln Tunnel and the New York Subway system were built, and we feel privileged to be a part of the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree project as well, transporting a national treasure to our nation’s capital. In conjunction with today’s event in the Lehigh Valley, we’re announcing that Mack will again serve as the transportation sponsor for the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree effort.”