MHC Kenworth-Kansas City named Dealer of the Year

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MHC Kenworth in Kansas City, Mo., was named 2009 Kenworth Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in Seattle. The award also encompasses MHC Kenworth-Kansas City locations in Columbia, Mo., and Olathe and Topeka, Kan.

“It’s an outstanding honor for MHC Kenworth-Kansas City to receive the prestigious Kenworth Dealer of the Year award,” says Tim Murphy, president of MHC Kenworth, which operates 39 Kenworth dealerships in 10 states. “We commend our many dedicated employees, who provide the highest level of professionalism to achieve excellent customer satisfaction every day. We especially thank our many loyal customers for their business.”

MHC Kenworth-Kansas City was recognized from among Kenworth’s five Gold Award winners for 2009. Other Gold Award winners are Custom Truck Sales-Regina (Regina, Sask.), Papé Kenworth of Central California (Fresno, Calif.), Wallwork Kenworth (Fargo, N.D.) and Wisconsin Kenworth (Madison, Wis.).

“MHC Kenworth-Kansas City maintains high standards of excellence, leads its marketplace and willingly embraces new products such as the Paccar MX engine,” says Bill Kozek, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president. “The dealer sells Kenworth’s entire heavy- and medium-duty product offering, operates first-rate facilities and has employees who are passionately committed to serving customers.”

Central Illinois Trucks of Normal, Ill., which was named Medium Duty Dealer of the Year, was chosen from among six other finalists. Also recognized for excellence in the medium-duty category at the Kenworth Dealer meeting are Kenworth Toronto, NorCal Kenworth, MHC Kenworth (Colorado), MHC Kenworth (Georgia), Wallwork Kenworth and Papé Kenworth of Central California.

“We’re very pleased and honored to receive the Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year award,” says Erick Miner, president of Central Illinois Trucks, which operates dealerships in Bensenville, Champaign, Joliet, Morton, Normal, Peru and Springfield, Ill. “We have made significant investments in personnel, parts and service to support medium-duty customers. Our success is a tribute to Kenworth’s quality medium-duty trucks and the diligent efforts of our employees to achieve high customer satisfaction.”

“Central Illinois Trucks aggressively pursues the medium-duty business and does an excellent job of selling to the construction, fire truck, petroleum hauler, refuse, snowplow and wrecker markets,” Kozek says. “The dealership emphasizes the quality, durability, reliability and low cost of ownership of Kenworth’s outstanding medium-duty product line.”

Kenworth also named the members of its its 2010 Kenworth Parts Council, which consists of leading parts managers from Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada. The council’s goal is to further enhance the quality and value of service to Kenworth customers. Members are Chairman Mike McKay, Kenworth Sales Co., West Valley City, Utah; Ken Ables, Performance Kenworth, Cleveland, Texas; Mike Carwile, Truck Enterprises-Richmond, Richmond, Va.; Jo Frost, Edmonton Kenworth, Edmonton, Alberta; Skip Harman, Central Illinois Trucks, Peru, Ill.; Keith King, Kenworth of Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.; Jean Massimetti, Kenworth Montreal, Montreal, Quebec; Vic Stiller, Inland Kenworth, Phoenix; and Kenworth Dealer Council Representative Jim Moeller, Wisconsin Kenworth, Madison, Wis.