It all started with building transportation devices and wagons. And still MACK Rides is building cars and trains, only a little faster paced and more exciting. With stagecoaches and mobile homes for showmen the road was the path to use, while today the most modern steel tracks guide the way for our rollercoasters.The urge to ongoing innovations and improvements is the key factor how a company with more than 235 years of history is now a global player and pioneer in amusement rides.
Waldkirch is the home of the Mack family and all of the MACK Rides products. As the organ builders came to Waldkirch in 1799, MACK was one of the suppliers to transport those huge music machines from one place to another. This long lasting relationship was the first step to the world of amusement and carnival. Before building vehicles for the showmen, MACK equipped the carousels with wooden horses and decoration. With a broader demand in supplies the main market were showmen and the growing businesses of amusement parks.
During the construction of the first MACK rollercoaster, Franz Mack was born in 1921 in Waldkirch. As his father he stepped in to lead the family business and became a driving force in attraction design. In the early 60s, after Germany still recovered from World War II, he traveled to the US to market his products and found a high demand in the perfectly crafted rides. The combined vision of entrepreneurship and engineering was the key to succeed in the growing markets and made MACK known throughout the world.