Kenworth delivers historic one millionth truck

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CHILLICOTHE, OH – In late December Kenworth Truck Company celebrated the production of the one millionth truck in its 91-year history during a ceremony at its assembly plant here.

The milestone truck is a T680 Advantage with the 455-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine and factory-installed Kenworth aerodynamic package. It was presented to TransAm Trucking of Olathe, Kan. A large gathering of Kenworth employees joined in.

TransAm is a refrigerated carrier and operates 1,050 Kenworth trucks, among its 1,400-tractor total. Founded in 1987, it also runs over 2,400 trailers throughout the U.S.

“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.”

Kenworth was founded in Seattle in 1923. The company has grown from producing less than 100 trucks annually early in its history to more than 45,000 in 2014, its second highest total ever.

TransAm Trucking president Russ McElliott (second from left), receives the keys to Kenworth's one millionth truck - a Kenworth T680 Advantage - from Kenworth general manager and PACCAR VP Gary Moore. Flanking the two at the far left and far right are executives Tim Murphy and Ken Hoffman of selling dealer MHC Kenworth.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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