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 John M. “Jack” Mack

John M. “Jack” Mack

Birth
Mount Cobb, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 14 Mar 1922 (aged 57)
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 13107 · View Source
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Entrepreneur. Born John Michael Mack in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, the son of Christina Laiblin and John Mack. He left school at fourteen and found work as a teamster hauling supply for the Erie Railroad. He followed with a position as second engineer on a steamer to Panama. In 1890, he took a job at the Fallesen & Berry wagon and carriage company in Brooklyn, New York. Within three years, he and his brother, Gus, went into partnership to buy the business which they renamed Mack Brothers. The brothers became the leading supplier of wagons for New York City dairies and produce markets. A third brother, Will, joined the venture, and by 1894, they began to focus on developing motor powered vehicles. Their first bus, a 20 passenger, four cylinder vehicle, rolled out in 1904. In 1905, they moved the business to Allentown, Pennsylvania where they were joined by two more brothers, Charles and Joseph, and experimented in producing heavy duty trucks. The company built the seven-ton dump trucks which were used in the construction of New York City's subway system. In 1910, they developed the first motorized hook-and-ladder fire truck. Innovations attributed to John Mack included reconfiguring truck cabs so the driver sat atop the engine in a taller cab, improving driver visibility, and the development of a constant mesh transmission. The business also branched out into railway car construction. In 1911, the company merged with the Saurer Motor Truck Company, and focused on production of heavy trucks and construction equipment. Within a year, he had left the company. He then went into partnership with Roland Carr, and established the Mack-Carr Company in 1912, which built mid-sized trucks. He was killed at age 57 when a trolley collided with his car. That same year, the company he founded changed its name to Mack Trucks, Inc. and remains today one of the largest producers of heavy duty and medium duty trucks in the world.

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  • Added: 18 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13107
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John M. “Jack” Mack (27 Oct 1864–14 Mar 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13107, citing Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .