STE-THERESE, Que. – Kenworth’s Paccar factory in Ste-Therese, Que. recently produced its 150,000th truck, a Kenworth T370, made for long-time customer Pierce Manufacturing.
The truck is equipped with a Paccar PX-9 engine with 350 horsepower, 1,000 pounds/foot of torque at 1,400 rpms, a five-speed Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission with PTO provisions, full National Fire Protection Association compliance components and a 14,000-pound front axle and 26,000-pound rear axle with a rear axle ratio of 5.25.
The vehicle will also be upfitted by Pierce, which manufactures custom fire apparatuses, with a fire tanker/pumper body.
“Pierce Manufacturing, which maintains a strong reputation of superior performance, relies on Kenworth to develop features such as our new frame packaging option to make durable truck chassis that can be easily adapted to meet a wide range of needs,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “Over the years, Kenworth has worked closely with Pierce to provide customers with custom-made commercial tankers, pumpers, rescue trucks and other vehicles that get the job done, while handling punishing environments and holding their value. Kenworth appreciates its long-time association with Pierce and looks forward to continuing to provide medium duty truck chassis for Pierce customers.”
Skoog presented a special commemorative plaque and the keys for the 150,000th truck to roll off the Ste-Therese assembly line to Rich Demski, Florida division chief engineer and commercial chassis manager for Pierce.
“The production of 150,000 trucks at Paccar Ste-Therese culminates the hard work and strong commitment to quality among our employees,” said Chakib Toubal-Seghir, Paccar Ste-Therese plant manager. “We’ve taken great pride as we’ve watched or seen pictures and videos of the trucks we’ve built over the years for customers, such as Pierce Manufacturing, respond to roadside emergencies or carry water to extinguish building or residential fires. We’re confident this truck will carry on that tradition.”
Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing, (left), presents the keys to the 150,000th truck built at the PACCAR-Ste.-Therese plant – a new Kenworth T370 – to Rich Demski, Florida division chief engineer and commercial chassis manager for Pierce Manufacturing.