Kenworth Chillicothe Plant Earns 2020 “Encouraging Environmental Excellence” Gold Award from Ohio EPA

The Kenworth Chillicothe manufacturing plant recently received the 2020 Encouraging Environmental Excellence “E3” Gold Award from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Kenworth Chillicothe is one of only eight organizations in Ohio that received gold award recognition this year. To earn the gold award, a business or organization must have a comprehensive environmental stewardship program, go beyond regulatory compliance requirements, and complete environmental stewardship activities that reduce waste and improve environmental performance. 

Kenworth’s largest plant was especially recognized for a significant reduction of 2.7 million pounds in its waste footprint. The Ohio EPA commended Kenworth Chillicothe for its returnable rack project, which eliminated 694 tons of cardboard waste and 75 tons of carbon dioxide emissions since its implementation three years ago. 

The Ohio EPA also noted that Kenworth Chillicothe reduced its electric consumption by 5 million kilowatt hours. The plant switched to LED lighting, staggered air conditioning set points, and turned off rooftop HVAC systems on weekends. The plant also saved energy by conducting and optimizing preventive maintenance of equipment and machines. 

“It is a special honor for Kenworth Chillicothe to receive this Ohio EPA gold award. Our plant employees are dedicated to pursue outstanding environmental excellence and sustainability on a daily basis,” said Chris Davis, Kenworth Chillicothe plant manager. 

Kenworth Chillicothe produces Kenworth Class 8 trucks, including the T680 on-highway flagship, T880 vocational leader and W990 traditional long-hood conventional. All three models deliver excellent performance, driver comfort and total cost of ownership to on-highway and vocational customers.

Kenworth’s heavy duty manufacturing plants in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Renton, Washington, have both earned the prestigious ISO 14001:2015 certification for their environmental management systems, which support the production of trucks in an environmentally responsible manner. Kenworth medium duty trucks are produced at the PACCAR Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, manufacturing facility, which also has achieved ISO 14001:2015 status.


At far right, Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, presents the keys – and a plaque signifying the delivery of the first production T680 Next Gen – to Scott Reed, Werner Enterprises senior vice president of equipment purchasing and maintenance. From far left are Corey Murphy, vice president of MHC Kenworth Iowa/Nebraska/Illinois, representing selling dealer MHC Kenworth – Omaha; and Tony Wahl, Werner Enterprises director of equipment purchasing.

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