BELLEVUE, Wash. – Building on the financial success of 2006, PACCAR has unveiled plans for a new $400 million powertrain manufacturing and assembly facility in the Southeast US.
The 400,000-sq.-ft. facility aims to strengthen PACCAR’s global manufacturing and assembly capability and position PACCAR to capitalize on growing opportunities in North America, Europe and Asia.
“PACCAR’s outstanding profits, excellent balance sheet and intense focus on quality, technology and productivity enhancements have enabled the company to consistently invest in its products, services and processes during all phases of the business cycle,” commented Mark Pigott, chairman and CEO.
PACCAR earned a record $1.1 billion on revenues of $12.2 billion in the first nine months of 2006.
“Strong demand for high-quality DAF, Peterbilt and Kenworth products has resulted in record production and market share for PACCAR worldwide,” said Pigott.
As well as PACCAR’s traditional business of light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, the company noted new initiatives such as diesel-electric hybrids, remote vehicle diagnostics and software development, as factors for the company’s financial performance.
The new powertrain facility will also serve as a Technology Centre, in an effort to ensure PACCAR maintains its position of global technology leadership and meets customer requirements.
“This will be PACCAR’s most technologically advanced facility and reinforces our efficient manufacturing platform that builds the highest-quality products in the industry,” added Tom Plimpton, PACCAR president.
“The manufacturing facility will be configured for maximum flexibility to supply products and components to PACCAR facilities and customers on a global basis.”
Construction of the facility will begin in mid-2007 and is targeted for completion in 2009.
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