PennTAP Helps Mack Trucks Realize Sustainable Energy Solutions and Certifications

The Need

Mack Trucks, a cab and vehicle assembly operation in Macungie, Pennsylvania, wanted to ensure sustainable energy solutions at their facility by developing an energy management system. They participated in Pennsylvania’s ISO 50001/Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Demonstration Project with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP).

The PennTAP Connection

Their environmental health and safety manager, Eric Geder, and facilities manager, Tom Gombos, contacted PennTAP to participate in the statewide ISO 50001/SEP Demonstration Project.

The Project

PennTAP staff visited the company and discussed their needs and participation in the project. Several Mack Trucks personnel attended three 2.5-day training sessions conducted by PennTAP covering the implementation of a companywide energy management system, along with energy performance tracking. Through an Energy Team, Mack Trucks developed policies and procedures to implement their Plan-Do-Check-Act ideology and implemented or strengthened practices affecting energy consumption. Tracking energy use, along with energy efficiency savings, became a day-to-day operation in order to achieve the approximately 40% savings over 10 years — a huge accomplishment.

The Outcome

Facilitywide investments resulted in improving energy performance in lighting, the air compressor system, and HVAC controls and system efficiency. The Macungie facility, which is also certified to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems, received international ISO 50001 certification and SEP certification in September 2013 for energy management system verification. Approximately 40% energy savings were realized and verified.

About the Company

Mack Trucks, Inc.
7000 Alburtis Road
Macungie PA 18062
Tom Gombos, Facilities Manager

County: Lehigh

Employees: 1,650
Industry: Cab and Vehicle Assembly Manufacturer