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alcoa wheels give the capitol tree its first sparkle of the season


The lighting of the Christmas tree at the US Capitol building wasn't the first sparkle for this American national symbol of the holiday season. The 19m tree's road trip from California to Washington, DC shone thanks to Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels. The 4,500 mile journey took three weeks with stops across the nation.

A custom-decorated Pinnacle Axle Back model tractor Mack Truck hauled a special trailer with a custom-built cradle to support the tree’s branches. Truck and trailer were outfitted with 18 Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels manufactured at the Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products’ Alcoa Cleveland Works (Ohio, USA).

Mack Truck, Alcoa Wheels’ first customer of forged aluminium wheels back in 1948, continues to enjoy benefits of strength, durability and light weight advantages as well as easy to clean benefits of Dura-Bright® wheels. Today, Mack remains in the top five of major tractor and trailer OEMs for Alcoa wheels.

After arriving in Washington, the tree was decorated with 10,000 low-energy LED lights and approximately 5,000 California-made ornaments.  A lighting ceremony on the west lawn of the Capitol was held on 6 December and the tree will remain lit throughout the holiday season.

The tradition of “the People’s Tree” began in 1964, and national forests rotate responsibility for providing the tree. Mack Truck’s Bulldog has delivered Christmas to the Capitol before, most recently in 2009 when a Mack truck hauled an 85-foot blue spruce from Arizona to Washington.


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