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EDMONTON, Alta. — A group from Aboriginal-owned mining company Kete Whii Ltd. received Thursday five custom-built Kenworths that will be used to haul ore at Northwest Territories diamond mines.

Edmonton Kenworth built the trucks for Kete Whii, and they are unique from the ground up.

“Everything’s custom made, the trailers are custom made, the whole lot,” says Ken Jodoin, truck sales representative with Edmonton Kenworth.

One of the main features of the truck is an automatic transmission, which makes it easy to drive. It is also more fuel-efficient than the trucks Kete Whii has used in the past.

Kete Whii officials approached Edmonton Kenworth and asked them to build the trucks, which will be used to haul ore in the remote Lac de Gras region.

Kete Whii is an Aboriginal owned company whose partners include the Treaty 8 communities of Dettah, Ndilo, and Lutselk’e as well as the Dogrib Treaty 11 communities of Rae-Edzo, Wha Ti, Gameti and Wekweti. All are located near Yellowknife.

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