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The Founder of Mack Trucks Museum Plans to Retire

The Founder of Mack Trucks Museum Plans to Retire

Mack Trucks Museum has served a lot of truck enthusiasts and tourist over the years. The amazing collection of Mack memorabilia and older models of the trucks, made by the manufacturing giant are one of its kind. The museum was founded by Don Schumaker, who is now retiring after 58 years. At the time of the museum’s conception, Don was working in the Sheesley Supply Co.’s batch plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the shop.

In the winter of 1957, he and two of his other colleagues were laid off, and they decided to never look back. One of their supervisors told them about his contact with the Mack Trucks’ test lab and asked the crew members to interview there. The plan was to work there temporarily until Sheesley could find another permanent position for them. But Don interviewed at Mack on December 12, 1957 and decided to stay there.

Now after more than 50 years, Schumaker, after turning 80, has decided to retire. He spent more than half his life to preserve and protect the history of the truck manufacturing enterprise. He is still there in the museum and holds the position of a curator emeritus of the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown. The reason for his retirement is reported to be health problems, due to which he is unable to perform his duties for more than 15 hours a week. According to reports, Schumaker wants to complete some crucial task before retiring and plans to transfer his extensive knowledge and some of his experience to the personnel who are going to resume his duties and responsibilities.

Although he has not decided the particular date on which he wants to retire, it is predicted that it will happen in the middle of 2016. It’s not the first time that he has tried to retire from the company. After starting his career at Mack in 1957 as a test lab mechanic, he advanced through the ranks with hard work. He also took college courses from a number of universities and in 1987, he succeeded in completing a bachelors’ degree in engineering from the Lafayette College.

This educational achievement helped him climb the ranks of the company rapidly to the post of manager of vehicle performance, until he left the company in 1995. At this point, he joined the Mack Trucks Historical Museum in June 1996, and became a curator in 2008. According to his colleagues, Schumaker’s extensive knowledge on Mack is unmatched.

Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America, also praised Schumaker’s contribution for preserving and promoting Mack’s history through the museum, and branded him a true ambassador for the company. Wade Watson, vice president and general manager of Mack Trucks Lehigh Valley Operations, also praised Schumaker by claiming that he was “one of the staples of the Mack brand”.

The American Truck Historical Society has concluded that Schumaker’s knowledge is hard to match and to praise his dedication to the trucking industry; he was awarded Historian of the Industry Award on May 29, 2015.

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