Mack Trucks announced its continued support of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Workforce Heroes program which includes the donation of a Mack Anthem® 70-inch Stand Up Sleeper model. Mack made the announcement today during the ATA Management Conference & Exhibit Oct. 7-10 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The Mack Anthem model, featuring a unique camouflage-styled wrap, travels across country to help recruit military veterans into careers in the trucking industry. Thus far, the truck has visited nine locations, including schools, career fairs and military bases.
“Mack is proud to continue our support of veterans through this program, and we look forward to working with the ATA to encourage them to consider a career in trucking,” said Jonathan Randall, Mack Trucks senior vice president of North American sales and marketing. “Veterans have proven their dedication and service to our country, and trucking offers them a job experience that will build upon some of the skills they already have acquired.”
The Anthem model is driven across the country by professional truck drivers from the ATA’s Share the Road program, who teach students, policymakers and media how to drive safely around heavy trucks. Each of the Share the Road drivers has an outstanding safety record, with many of them having one million or more accident-free miles.
“From talking to the truck drivers who’ve had the pleasure of driving the camo Mack Anthem Workforce Heroes Truck around the country, it’s hard to describe the excitement that this truck generates about careers in our industry,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Drivers are getting asked questions about trucking while fueling up at truck stops, getting saluted while driving down the road and being asked to take pictures with prospective industry recruits in front of the truck. This Mack Anthem is creating exactly the type of momentum we hoped to see out of this program and we’re very thankful for Mack Trucks’ support.”
The Mack Anthem model used in the Workforce Heroes program is equipped with a Mack MP®8HE-415SE engine with 415 horsepower and 1,660 lb.-ft. of torque and the Mack mDRIVE™ automated manual transmission. Standard on all Mack Anthem models, the mDRIVE enables drivers to remain focused on driving, rather than shifting gears.
The Mack Anthem features an interior designed with the driver in mind, offering a full stand-up height from the cab to the living environment so the driver can easily walk into the area. The ergonomic and functional driving environment features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, the first in the trucking industry, for easier driver entry and exit, easy-to-reach controls and clearly visible gauges.