Mack is Back for Pelletier Family on “American Loggers”
Titan by Mack™ brings needed horsepower to grueling work
GREENSBORO, NC (June 16, 2010) – Titan by Mack™, with its 16-liter MACK® MP10 engine, is the toughest Bulldog on the block. But can it hold up to the grueling, unpaved, ice-covered logging routes in the North Maine Woods?
“I had no doubts about Mack. They know how to build trucks,” said Eldon Pelletier, president of Gerald Pelletier, Inc., a family-owned and operated business and the subject of the Discovery Channel’s “American Loggers” television series.
The series, which airs Friday nights at 10:00 pm, tells the story of the Pelletier family, seven brothers and their sons who harvest timber in some of the deepest wilderness imaginable, then haul it out on unpaved, usually ice-covered logging routes. It’s a demanding, often dangerous way to make a living.
The Pelletiers added two Titan by Mack models to their fleet during the show’s second season, continuing the legacy of their father who founded the business with a Mack truck. The Pelletiers have used many Mack trucks, but had not bought a new Mack in some years. Now, “Mack is back,” says Eldon Pelletier.
On camera and off, the Titan by Mack models have been put through the paces by the Pelletier drivers. Ten times per week, each truck hauls 100,000–150,000 pounds of logs on runs of 80-110 miles, one way.
As the Pelletiers have found, the Titan by Mack is a modern-day workhorse that delivers the attitude and performance required for the heaviest of heavy hauls. The 16-liter Mack MP10 engine at the heart of the truck delivers 600-plus horsepower and a massive 2,060 lb-ft of torque – and does it without gulping fuel.
“We like the way the engine operates,” said Pelletier. “The Titan has the extra horsepower we need. We finally found it with these Macks.”
“Visibility is good and driver comfort is pretty much first class,” he added. “We haven’t seen any problems and everything is holding up. From the front bumper right to the rear, we’re happy with the Titans.”
The two Titan by Mack models the Pelletiers purchased were built at the company’s Macungie Assembly Operations plant outside Allentown, Pennsylvania. Bangor Truck, the Pelletiers’ Mack dealer in Maine, has been supporting the trucks as they tackle the unforgiving logging routes.
“The dealer has really taken care of us,” Pelletier said. “We’ve been 100 percent satisfied with the service. It’s been over and above what we expected.”
“The Titan by Mack models have played a prominent role in the American Logger show, but more importantly, they are living up to their reputation in day-to-day operations,” said Eric Dysart, salesman for Bangor Truck.
“The trucks went to work last fall and didn’t come back to our shop for anything until mud season. We worked on them for a few weeks, but the fact that they lived through the winter without a trip to the dealership speaks volumes to me.”
The episode of “American Loggers” that premiered on April 2nd features the Pelletiers visiting the Macungie plant to see Titan by Mack trucks in production before putting them to work. Learn more about “American Loggers” at the show’s website, http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/american-loggers/american-loggers.html.
CAPTION: A cameraman from the Discovery Channel’s “American Loggers” show documents the visit of Eldon and Jeff Pelletier (2nd from left and far right) to the Mack Macungie Assembly Operations plant outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Two Titan by Mack™ models built at the plant appear in the series.
CAPTION: As the camera captures the action, Eldon (right) and Jeff Pelletier (center) watch as a 16-liter MACK® MP10 engine is lowered into a waiting Titan by Mack™ chassis at the Mack Macungie Assembly Operations plant outside of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Pelletier’s Maine logging operation uses two Titan by Mack models in the Discovery Channel’s “American Loggers” television series.
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