Nuss Truck & Equipment has created two $2500 scholarships named for Charles B. Nuss, who worked 50 years in the same garage from 1923-1973. Charley started out as a mechanics helper and later became a Mack dealer (Mack of Rockford, Rockford, IL) in 1959, before retiring in 1973. Charley died in 1980, but has long been remembered for teaching Bob Nuss about Mack Trucks and customer service, skills that he has passed along to his sons, Greg and Brad.
OVERDRIVE magazine named Mack of Rockford among the Top Ten best places to get your truck repaired, 1970’s first list endorsed by publisher and editor Mike Parkhurst.
The first new Mack that Charley sold was to Charles Ind Construction, Rockford. That company paved the new Northern Illinois Tollway, the first company to pave one mile of concrete per day.
Charley had developed a specialty, replacing V12 gas engines in Seagrave Fire Trucks with new Mack Turbocharged diesel engines. Bob Nuss wrote an article for a national Mack publication about the process, “Heart Transplant Revives Fire Truck”, in the early 1970’s.
Our expectations are that the MTA diesel tech scholarships will go towards any student attending a Minnesota or Wisconsin qualified diesel tech program.