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Peterbilt installs first production Paccar MX-11 engine


DENTON, Texas – Peterbilt’s first lightweight, fuel-efficient Paccar MX-11 engine was installed recently in the company’s Model 567 – its latest vocational truck ­– in a set-forward front axle configuration.

The truck-and-engine combination was presented to Knife River, who drove it off the assembly line at Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas manufacturing facility.

A recent customer event with Peterbilt presenting a Model 567 set-forward front axle truck equipped with the first production PACCAR MX-11 engine to Knife River CorporationFrom left to right: Charles Cook, Marketing Manager Vocational Products; Rick Paul, District Sales Manager; Ron Augustyn, Peterbilt Denton Plant Manager; Randy Kephart, Knife River Equipment Manager; Scott Hammond, Knife River Northwest Region Equipment Manager; Colin Milligan, Knife River Shop Manager; Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Sales and Marketing; Leon Handt, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Operations; and Jim Zito, Director of Sales Vocational Products.

A recent customer event with Peterbilt presenting a Model 567 set-forward front axle truck equipped with the first production PACCAR MX-11 engine to Knife River CorporationFrom left to right: Charles Cook, Marketing Manager Vocational Products; Rick Paul, District Sales Manager; Ron Augustyn, Peterbilt Denton Plant Manager; Randy Kephart, Knife River Equipment Manager; Scott Hammond, Knife River Northwest Region Equipment Manager; Colin Milligan, Knife River Shop Manager; Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Sales and Marketing; Leon Handt, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Operations; and Jim Zito, Director of Sales Vocational Products.

“The Paccar MX-11 will bring new levels of performance, durability, reliability and overall return for customers. It is lightweight and fuel efficient, making it an ideal power choice for customers in a wide range of applications, including regional haul, tanker, bulk haul, construction and refuse,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “We’re pleased to present Peterbilt’s first production Pacaar MX-11 engine to a valued customer such as Knife River.”

The truck will be used in Knife River’s mixer operations throughout the Northwest US.

“It was a great experience to tour Peterbilt’s plant. It was obvious employees took pride in the product they were building, and watching the state-of-the-art assembly processes and attention to quality gave us an even greater appreciation for Peterbilt,” said Scott Hammond, Knife River’s Northwest Region Equipment Manager. “We’re anxious to put the MX-11 and Model 567 to work.”

The Model 567 SFFA they were presented is just one of 200 Peterbilt trucks the company has ordered.


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