Vol. 2 2015

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1 4 | BULLDOG | 2 0 1 5 V 2 ON EQUIPMENT New Mack ® LR Refuse Model T oday's refuse companies face a host of new challenges: intense competition, labor shortages and an often diffi cult work environment. To help its customers deal with these issues, Mack stepped in with a new truck specifi cally engineered to meet customer demands. The Mack LR offers enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and improved visibility, and is available initially in three- axle 6x4 confi gurations powered by diesel or natural gas. "It's not just trash collection anymore," says Curtis Dorwart, Mack Vocational Products Marketing Manager. "Today, the refuse industry is part of the overall environmental cycle, and the people who work in it are very knowledgeable about not only collecting and controlling waste, but also pulling some value from it." Mack built the LR series based on these insights. "The LR series really came down to what our customers were asking us to do," Dorwart says. "Product development is not something we do in a vacuum. We take time to listen, get feedback and then design the prod- ucts that best suit customers' needs." Based on these conversations, Mack focused on three core areas for the new LR series: safety, com- fort and cost of ownership. Safety Refuse and recyclable material collectors work in one of the top 10 deadliest jobs in America, according to a 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. In response, Mack designed the new LR series with additional, larger windows to increase visibility, as well as a low step height and large grab handles to make getting in and out of the cab easier and safer. Boosts productivity through driver-focused design features By Sage Johnson continued on page 16

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