Kenworth Truck Company celebrated its historic one millionth truck produced in the company’s 91 years during a special ceremony before Christmas at Kenworth’s assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.
The milestone truck is a Kenworth T680 Advantage with the 455-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine and factory-installed Kenworth aerodynamic package. The truck was presented to TransAm Trucking in Olathe, Kan., before a large gathering of Kenworth employees. TransAm is one of the leading refrigerated carriers in the United States and operates 1,050 Kenworth Class 8 trucks.
“The production and delivery of our One Millionth Truck caps off an outstanding year for Kenworth,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “It’s appropriate that the milestone truck is the on-highway flagship Kenworth T680 Advantage, our excellent fuel efficiency leader, and that TransAm, an excellent supporter of the T680 and PACCAR MX-13 engine, is our customer for this special honor.”
“We’ve received excellent performance from our Kenworth T680s with the PACCAR MX-13 engine. As a result, the Kenworth T680 has become our truck of choice for its high outstanding fuel efficiency, driver comfort and reliability,” said Russ McElliott, president of TransAm Trucking, which purchases its Kenworth T680s from MHC Kenworth – Olathe. “Our partnership with Kenworth and MHC Kenworth continues to be very productive and successful, and it’s a privilege to be selected to receive Kenworth’s One Millionth Truck.”
“TransAm is a leader among refrigerated fleets as a direct result of its dedication to customers. They rely on the T680’s features and fuel efficiencies, and MHC’s 7-day, 24-hour support in major markets. We appreciate the long-standing partnership with TransAm and the continued opportunity to support its fleets. We are honored to be a part of the dedication of Kenworth’s landmark truck,” said Tim Murphy, CEO of MHC.
Founded in 1987, TransAm Trucking operates a fleet of over 1,400 tractors and over 2,400 trailers throughout the United States out of its headquarters in nearby Olathe, Kan. TransAm also maintains a fully-staffed terminal, driver’s center and maintenance facility in Rockwall, Texas. For more information, visit the TransAm website (www.transamtruck.com).