In August, I was honored to become general manager of Kenworth Truck Company and PACCAR vice president. I’ve been with PACCAR for 25 years, and most recently served as Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing and, before that, as Kenworth chief engineer. I look forward to building on Kenworth’s core values of quality, innovation and technology that have been key in producing The World’s Best® trucks for our customers for nearly a century.
We especially recognize Melton Truck Lines, which purchased its 5,000th milestone Kenworth truck, and Miller Industries, which received the milestone 200,000th medium duty truck — a Kenworth T270 — produced at the PACCAR Ste-Thérèse plant (p. 5).
Our loyal customers also include companies, such
as TransAm Trucking, in Olathe, Kansas, which build strong organizations by delivering outstanding service to customers while taking special care of drivers. TransAm accomplishes both very well with the Driver’s TruckTM — the fuel-efficient, driver-friendly Kenworth T680. “Our drivers love the T680. It’s just a quality truck,” says Russ McElliott, TransAm Trucking president (p. 7).
Aggregate hauler Perdido Trucking Service, in Mobile, Alabama, operates rugged T880s for superior service and on-time deliveries. Perdido purchases 20 to 30 new T880s annually to keep its fleet updated and drivers happy, while maximizing uptime and lowering operations costs. “We have extremely low driver turnover and that’s due in part to the quality of our equipment,” says Perdido President Huston Hollister (p. 9).
Owner-operators like Larry Martin choose the Kenworth W990 with 76-inch sleeper for over-the-road comfort and style. “I wanted a new, modern long hood that featured the PACCAR MX-13 engine. When the W990 was released last year, I knew that was the truck for me,” he says (p. 11).
Bigfoot Beverages in Oregon gets the job done with its reliable Kenworth T370s that provide driver convenience and ease of operation (p. 13).
Enhancing our customers’ bottom line while improving truck performance has been Kenworth’s mission. Withequal dedication and commitment, we’ll continue to set new standards of innovation, reliability and efficiency for The World’s Best® trucks.