Ottawa-Kalmar builds 40,000th terminal tractor

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The 40,000th Ottawa-Kalmar terminal tractor built in Ottawa, Kan., rolled off the assembly line on June 12, the company recently announced. The unit — which was sold to Yellow Transportation of U.S.-based YRC Worldwide — is part of a package of more than 75 units purchased by Yellow from Kalmar this year.

Kalmar’s first terminal tractor was built in Ottawa in 1958. It took 41 years to build the first 25,000 units, and only seven years to build the next 15,000 units, the company says.

Kalmar also announced that:

  • Effective Sept. 1, all terminal tractors built at the Ottawa facility will be branded Kalmar. The Ottawa brand became a generic word for terminal tractors in North America, but the brand migration reflects the company’s larger worldwide commitment, Kalmar says.
  • Effective in 2007, Ottawa will change its model designations from the 30, 50 and 60 series to the 4×2 Off-Road, 4×2 DOT/EPA and 6×4 DOT/EPA units. The move reduces the company’s product offerings from five to three.