Kenworth Celebrates Delivery of Historic One Millionth Truck, T680 Advantage for TransAm Trucking

Kenworth Truck Company celebrated its historic One Millionth Truck produced in the company’s 91 years during a special ceremony Tuesday at Kenworth’s assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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From left, Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, presents a special plaque recognizing Kenworth’s One Millionth Truck to Russ McElliott, president of TransAm Trucking.

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From left are TransAm Trucking’s Murray Droescher (chief financial officer) and Russ McElliott (president); Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president; and Preston Feight, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing.

The milestone truck is a Kenworth T680 Advantage with the 455-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine and factory-installed Kenworth aerodynamic package. The truck was presented to TransAm Trucking in Olathe, Kan., before a large gathering of Kenworth employees. TransAm is one of the leading refrigerated carriers in the United States and operates 1,050 Kenworth Class 8 trucks.

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Russ McElliott, president of TransAm Trucking, addresses Kenworth employees during the presentation of Kenworth’s One Millionth Truck in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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Employees at Kenworth’s plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, gather around the company’s One Millionth Truck produced in its 91-year history during a special ceremony today. The truck – a Kenworth T680 Advantage – was presented to TransAm Trucking.

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“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, our excellent fuel efficiency leader, and that TransAm, an excellent supporter of the T680 and PACCAR MX-13 engine, is our customer for this special honor.”

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From left are Tim Murphy of selling dealer MHC Kenworth; TransAm Trucking’s Murray Droescher (chief financial officer) and Russ McElliott (president); Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president; Preston Feight, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing; Ken Hoffman and Jared White of MHC Kenworth; and Judy McTigue, plant manager for Kenworth’s plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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“We’ve received excellent performance from our Kenworth T680s with the PACCAR MX-13 engine. As a result, the Kenworth T680 has become our truck of choice for its high outstanding fuel efficiency, driver comfort and reliability,” said Russ McElliott, president of TransAm Trucking, which purchases its Kenworth T680s from MHC Kenworth – Olathe. “Our partnership with Kenworth and MHC Kenworth continues to be very productive and successful, and it’s a privilege to be selected to receive Kenworth’s One Millionth Truck.”

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Russ McElliott, TransAm Trucking president (second from left), receives the keys to Kenworth’s One Millionth Truck – a Kenworth T680 Advantage – from Gary Moore, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. Flanking the two at the far left and far right are executives Tim Murphy and Ken Hoffman of selling dealer MHC Kenworth.

“TransAm is a leader among refrigerated fleets as a direct result of its dedication to customers. They rely on the T680’s features and fuel efficiencies, and MHC’s 7-day, 24-hour support in major markets. We appreciate the long-standing partnership with TransAm and the continued opportunity to support its fleets. We are honored to be a part of the dedication of Kenworth’s landmark truck,” said Tim Murphy, CEO of MHC.

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Founded in 1987, TransAm Trucking operates a fleet of over 1,400 tractors and over 2,400 trailers throughout the United States out of its headquarters in nearby Olathe, Kan. TransAm also maintains a fully-staffed terminal, driver’s center and maintenance facility in Rockwall, Texas. For more information, visit the TransAm website (www.transamtruck.com).

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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.

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.

Source: http://www.kenworth.com/news/news-releases/2014/december/one-millionth-truck.aspx

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