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1890
John M. "Jack" Mack takes a job at the carriage and wagon firm of Fallesen & Berry in Brooklyn, NY.

 

1893
Jack Mack and brother Augustus F. Mack purchase the Fallesen & Berry factory.

 

1894
William C. Mack, who had operated a wagon-building plant in Scranton, PA, joins his brothers in the business.

Carriage-making is phased-out, and the brothers focus on wagons. At about this time, the Mack brothers begin experimenting with steam and electric motor cars.

 

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Navistar International Transp. Co., manufacturer of International brand trucks, buses and engines, has long been at the forefront of manufacturing companies worldwide. Ranked near the top 200 in the Fortune 500, we've achieved that status by building the trucks you see on our nation's highways every day. Today, with a full line of products including heavy and medium trucks, school buses, engines and parts, the International brand is a leader in virtually every aspect of the highway transportation industry.

And we're the world's leading supplier of mid-range diesel engines in the 160 to 300 horsepower range. In an industry such as ours, success like that doesn't happen overnight.

International can trace its roots back to the early 1800s at the start of the modern industrial age. Over time, the firm that marketed Cyrus McCormick's mechanical reaper evolved into what was known at the turn of the century as International Harvester (IH).

In 1907, the company produced the Auto Buggy, an early motorized truck model that helped farmers haul their goods to market. Less than 10 years later, IH also produced the country's first factory-made school bus.

When the country began an interstate highway system in the 1950s, truck production began to flourish. Trucking became the transportation of choice for many manufacturers, and International Harvester experienced a period of growth as never before.

As the company moved into the 1980s, it began to focus on one of its most successful core businesses: truck manufacturing. Combining its truck and engine operations under the new parent name of Navistar in 1986, its other lines of business, such as its agricultural and construction divisions, were sold to other companies.

Today Navistar's business encompasses the following primary areas: Heavy Trucks, Medium Trucks, Severe Service Trucks, School Buses, Engine and Foundry, Parts and Navistar Financial Corporation.

Navistar has approximately 17,000 employees in more than 40 locations worldwide. Our world headquarters are in Chicago's NBC Tower.

With a rich history of innovation and excellence, Navistar, proud holder of the International brand--the most respected truck brand in the industry--is truly a company on the move.

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Freightliner History

Freightliner Corporation, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, produces and markets commercial vehicles in classes 3-8 and is a member of the Daimler-Benz AG group, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer. Following is a look at our company and our journey to where we are today. The story of North American truck technology has been written in large part by the people of Freightliner Corporation, who again and again have dared to challenge the accepted wisdom of the day. Over 55 years ago, Freightliner revolutionized the industry by introducing aluminum to truck building. Today, Freightliner continues to push the limits of technology and customer support, earning a reputation as "the company that does things right.

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  • Kenworth Trucks

    The story


    The early 1900s brought dramatic change to the Northwest as Model Ts began challenging the horse and carriage in the transportation race. It was during this time that Seattle businessman Edgar Worthington was managing his mother's building, occupied by a car and truck dealership. Edgar took a special interest in his tenant, the Gerlinger Motor Car Company, watching as they worked to sell and repair cars and trucks. He never imagined that someday the company would be his.

    For many years, Edgar looked on as the dealership went through growing pains. Business was slow in this era of change, as Gerlinger mechanic Ed Hahn recalled:

    "In those days there were so few trucks and cars, and there was no union, so as a mechanic, you had to stand around the garage—or in this case, the repair shop—and wait for work to come in. Sometimes you made five dollars a week and sometimes you didn't hardly make your board; then you'd have to leave and go do other work—sawmill work or something else. So we started building that first truck to keep help around."

    That first truck, unveiled in 1915, was called the Gersix, a six-cylinder vehicle which was framed in structural steel, making it ideal for the rugged Northwest. According to Hahn:

    "It took us nearly a year to complete. There were just two of us as mechanics, and as soon as something came in, we'd drop it and go overhaul a man's truck or reline some brakes. As soon as we finished all that, we'd go back to working on the first truck again—sometimes nothing would come in and we'd work all day on it."

    Edgar's tenant was doing quite well, or so it seemed, and the Gersix became a popular fixture in the Northwest. However, the company, which had offices in Seattle and Portland, was struggling and in 1917, was offered for sale. Edgar jumped at the opportunity. Together with his partner Captain Frederick Kent, he acquired the company and renamed it the Gersix Motor Company.

 


We believe that selling you a vehicle is about a lot more than hardware and horsepower.

Since 1917, Oshkosh Truck Corporation has built its reputation on innovation, reliability, and superior performance. Our trucks and related equipment stand up to the most severe conditions and environments. But we provide more than just trucks. We provide a complete value package -- from engineering expertise to built-in quality to service after you take delivery.

Today, we are leaders in the defense, construction, fire and emergency, refuse and snow removal markets. Our products are marketed worldwide under the Oshkosh®, Pierce® and McNeilus® brands.

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In 1905, William Pigott, Sr. founded Seattle Car Mfg. Co. to produce railway and logging equipment at its plant in West Seattle. The Company later merged with Twohy Brothers of Portland to become Pacific Car and Foundry Company, a name it retained for the next 55 years.

In 1924, William Pigott sold control of the Company to American Car and Foundry Company. During the Depression of 1929, business declined and the Renton plant fell into disrepair.

Paul Pigott, son of the founder, acquired a major interest in the Company from American Car in 1934. Under his leadership, the Company expanded its products and introduced the Carco line of power winches for use on crawler tractors in the logging industry. This product line later became the basis for PACCAR's Winch Division which now includes Braden, Carco and Gearmatic.

In 1941, America went to war, and the Company's Renton plant built Sherman Tanks and tank recovery vehicles for the military. Pacific Car and Foundry also constructed dry docks and steel tugboats during the conflict.

The Company entered the heavy-duty truck market in 1945 with its first major acquisition, Kenworth Motor Truck Company of Seattle. Pacific Car and Foundry greatly expanded its heavy-duty truck capability with the purchase Peterbilt Motors Company in 1958. That same year, the acquisition of Dart Truck Company permitted its entry into the entirely new market of mining vehicles.

The Company's Structural Steel Division fabricated the steel for the construction of the Space Needle for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Later, it played a major part in the construction of Grand Coulee's third powerhouse as well as New York's World Trade Center.

In 1960, PACCAR became an international truck manufacturer. Kenworth moved into Mexico with 49 percent participation in an affiliate company, Kenworth Mexicana S.A. de C.V., and in 1966 PACCAR entered the Australian truck market with the establishment of a Kenworth Truck assembly plant near Melbourne.

Also in 1960, Carco Acceptance Corporation, currently PACCAR Financial Corp., was launched to facilitate domestic sales of trucks.

In 1967 the Dynacraft division was formed to provide belts, hoses, adapters, and other accessories for Kenworth and Peterbilt truck plants.

Believing "Pacific Car and Foundry Company" no longer accurately reflected the Company's products and activities, directors and shareholders voted to adopt PACCAR Inc (no punctuation) as its new name in 1972. Pacific Car and Foundry Company, located in the original Renton facility, became a division.

In 1973, two major divisions of PACCAR were founded. PACCAR International Inc., with headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, was formed to consolidate the sales and service of company products abroad, and PACCAR Parts Division was established in Renton to supply aftermarket parts sales.

PACCAR Leasing Corporation was formed in 1980 to offer full-service leasing and rental programs through PACCAR's dealer network. A year later, PACCAR became an European truck manufacturer with the acquisition of Foden Trucks in Sandbach, U.K.

PACCAR's new Technical Center opened in July of 1982. Located approximately 65 miles north of Seattle, the multimillion-dollar center underscored the Company's commitment to technical excellence, quality and value in the products it manufactures.

In 1986, PACCAR signed a merger agreement with Trico Industries, Inc., and became a recognized world leader in manufacturing oil field pumps and accessories. In December 1997 Trico was sold to EVI of Houston.

In 1987, PACCAR acquired Washington-based Al's Auto Supply, an aftermarket retailer and wholesale distributor of auto parts and accessories. In 1988, PACCAR increased its subsidiary PACCAR Automotive, Inc. when it purchased Grand Auto, Inc., a California-based retailer of auto parts and accessories.

PACCAR solidified its place in the Mexican heavy-duty truck market by purchasing the remaining portion of its Mexican Operation, VILPAC, S.A. in 1995.

The acquisition of DAF Trucks N.V. in 1996 and Leyland Trucks in 1998 solidified PACCAR's position as one of the major truck manufacturers in the world. DAF Trucks is a Netherlands based truck company with production facilities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Westerlo, Belgium. Leyland manufactures trucks in the 6-18 ton commercial segment at its plant in Lancashire, England.


Today, PACCAR Inc is a worldwide manufacturer of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, DAF, Leyland and Foden nameplates. It also provides financial services and distributes truck parts related to its principal business. In addition, the Bellevue, Washington-based company manufactures industrial winches and oil field extraction pumps and sells automotive parts and accessories at Al's Auto Supply and Grand Auto retail outlets.

 


 


 

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  • Cummins Engines  homeicon.gif (3049 bytes)

    Cummins supports engines with sales and service sites in over 130 countries around the globe. Cummins is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of diesel engines and related products. These engines provide power for trucking, power generation, bus, industrial, marine and government markets worldwide and range from 64 to 6000 horsepower.

    All over the planet, you'll find Cummins engines hard at work doing a wide range of jobs. Hauling freight down a highway... generating power in hospitals... pushing a barge up a river... powering a tractor as it plows a field... clearing land for new roads... pulling a train up a long, steep mountain.

    From putting the first diesel engine in a truck to building the first turbocharged diesel in a vehicle... Cummins has a long history of innovation. A Cummins-powered race car has captured the pole at the Indianapolis 500... and been the first natural gas fueled engine to pass California's tough emissions (CARB) regulations. If a task calls for tough, fuel-efficient environmentally responsible power, chances are there's a Cummins engine that's right for the job.

    Today Cummins is a global company with forty-three percent of our sales outside the United States, making Cummins a truly international company. To strengthen our position even more, we have formed strategic alliances with progressive companies all over the globe.

    And with over 25,000 people around the world on our team, no matter where you are, you're never far away from a helping hand.

    All over the globe, the focus never changes as you can see in our annual report. The driving force in everything we do is to deliver to our customers the highest-quality-designed products serviced by a world-class organization. We understand that our business is based on the success achieved by our customers.

    Now that you're with us, feel free to explore the world of Cummins... of course, we think it's a powerful story.

    For more information, E-mail us at powermaster@cummins.com, call us at 1-800-DIESELS (1-800-343-7357) or fax us at 1-800-232-6393. For a first-hand demonstration of the power of Cummins technology, see your local Cummins distributor/dealer.

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  • Detroit Diesel    detroitdiesellogo.gif (2988 bytes)

    Detroit Diesel is one of the world's largest leading heavy-duty engine manufacturers. DDC's 6,300 employees design, manufacture, sell and service diesel, alternative fuel and automotive engines as well as a full range of engine parts. This complete line of more than 500 engine models range from 10 to 10,000 horsepower.

    Our customers are found around the world in the truck, coach and bus, automobile, construction, mining, marine, industrial, power generation and military markets. We serve our customers and markets from our manufacturing plants in Redford, Michigan, Cento, Italy, and Curitiba, Brazil; an assembly operation in Emporia, Kansas; three remanufacturing centers strategically located throughout the United States; three parts distribution centers worldwide; and an international distribution and support network of 118 authorized distributors and 2,300 dealers.

    A significant portion of the Company's products are sold in overseas markets either directly as loose engines or indirectly in vehicles and equipment manufactured by North American OEMs. Aside from our new presence in Italy, foreign sales subsidiaries have been established in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and also function in a service and product support capacity. Parts re-distribution operations are strategically located in the Netherlands and Singapore and work in conjunction with the Parts Distribution Center in Canton, Ohio.

    The Company has technical assistance and license agreements in strategic worldwide locations, including Hungary, Croatia, India, Korea, Mexico and Turkey for the assembly and sale of its products to meet the needs of local markets. Detroit Diesel Corporation also has six North American regional sales offices which are located in Downey, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Detroit, Michigan; West Long Branch, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; and London, Ontario, Canada.

 


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