Paccar to build Mississippi engine plant

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By Kristie Busam

Paccar plans to build a $400 million engine plant and technology center in Columbus, Miss., the company announced May 14.

Construction on the 400,000-square-foot facility will begin in mid-2007. When completed in 2009, the new facility will manufacture 12.9-liter and 9.2-liter diesel engines for Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF. The new plant will complement Paccar’s state-of-the-art engine facility in the Netherlands, the company says.

“This will be Paccar’s most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly facility,” says Jim Cardillo, Paccar executive vice president. “The facility will initially hire approximately 200 employees, and it is anticipated that there will be 500 employees as production increases over time.”