To protect New Orleans and its residents from surges in future storms, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on a $15 billion protection system of linked levees, flood walls, gates and pumps surrounding the city.
To help get that work completed, Lafarge North America’s fleet of trucks includes PacLease’s 1,000th truck equipped with a Paccar MX engine, leased through Paccar Leasing. This particular PacLease unit is a 2012 Kenworth T800 tractor operated in the New Orleans area.
“PacLease is pleased to help Lafarge accomplish important projects that will protect New Orleans and its residents from future storms,” says Olen Hunter, director of sales for PacLease. “And it’s particularly gratifying that Lafarge will be doing some of that work using a Kenworth T800 tractor equipped with a Paccar MX engine leased from our local PacLease franchise, Kenworth of South Louisiana-PacLease.”
PacLease leased the notable truck just 14 months after presenting the keys to a Kenworth T660 with the first Paccar MX engine to Costco Wholesale. “The fact that it took a little over a year to lease 1,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with Paccar MX engines is a clear demonstration of the popularity of the engine,” Hunter says. “The fact that so many customers have chosen this engine speaks highly to its reputation for performance and reliability.”
Lafarge leases 12 trucks for its Louisiana operation, including five Kenworth T800 mixers, delivered in November 2011, and three Kenworth T800 tractors, delivered earlier in 2011. The T800 Extended Day Cab mixers are equipped with 10-yard mixers for increased load capacities and enhanced efficiency. The three T800 tractors are spec’d with the Kenworth Extended Day Cab and the 485-hp Paccar MX engine, providing 1,650 ft-lbs of torque powered through an Eaton Ultrashift automatic transmission.