Paccar’s Ste-Therese plant produces its 100,000th medium-duty truck

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A Kenworth T370 recently was recognized as the 100,000th medium-duty truck produced at Paccar’s manufacturing plant in Ste-Therese, Quebec, which was opened as an all-new facility in 1999.

“The employees at the Paccar Ste-Therese are especially dedicated to building excellent medium-duty trucks,” says Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. “We’re especially honored that a Kenworth T370 is the 100,000th medium-duty truck to roll off the production line over the past 12 years. We thank all our customers who have purchased Kenworth trucks built at the Ste-Therese facility.”

The milestone vehicle is a new Kenworth 6×4 T370 tandem tractor produced for long-time customer Altec Industries, a manufacturer of aerial lifts, derricks, truck-mounted cranes and specialty equipment for the construction and contractor, electric utility, telecommunications and tree care industries. The Altec T370 features a Paccar PX-8 engine rated at 300 hp with 1,000 lb-ft of torque at 1,400 rpm, Allison 3000RDS 5-speed automatic transmission and Dana Spicer’s D1600 16K front axle and DSP41 40K tandem rear axle. Altec plans to equip the T370 chassis with an aerial lift bucket for sale to a tree care company.

Keith Lawrence, manager of strategic sourcing for Altec in St, Joseph, Mo., and Martin Boucher, Altec’s account manager in Montreal, were presented the keys to the new Kenworth T370 by Chakib Toubal-Seghir, Paccar Ste-Therese plant manager. Also participating in the special ceremony at the plant were Santangelo; Neil Vonnahme, Kenworth general sales manager, West; and Eddie Davis, new truck salesman of selling dealer MHC Kenworth-Kansas City, Mo.

“On behalf of all Altec associates, it’s a privilege to participate in this important milestone for Kenworth and accept this very special and historic 100,000th truck built by the Ste-Therese plant employees,” says Lawrence. “Altec is proud of the longstanding business partnership we have with Kenworth. We value the importance of that relationship and look forward to continuing to jointly meet the growing needs of our customers by providing the highest-quality equipment in the market today.”

The day’s celebration also included a barbecue lunch cooked by managers for the guests and employees, and a plant tour for Lawrence and Boucher. “We’re very proud to achieve the production of 100,000 medium-duty trucks at Paccar Ste-Therese,” says Toubal-Seghir, plant manager. “This significant milestone is a tribute to the hard work and strong commitment to quality shown by our employees during these past 12 years. They are to be congratulated on their daily efforts to build outstanding trucks for customers such as Altec Industries.”