Kenworth Chillicothe marks 50 years of production

Kenworth Chillicothe marks 50 years of production

Since opening its doors on March 4, 1974, Kenworth's Chillicothe, OH plant has produced more than 782,000 trucks.

The Kenworth truck assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio is celebrating 50 years of truck production. The plant officially opened on March 4, 1974, and the plant’s first truck – a Kenworth W900 – rolled off the assembly line a day later. Since then, Kenworth Chillicothe plant employees have produced more than 782,000 trucks. Kenworth tells us the plant employs approximately 2,500 people, making it one of the largest employers in Ross County and Kenworth’s largest manufacturing facility.

“Chillicothe is a great place for Kenworth to build trucks because it is close to our customers, suppliers and, of course, a community of highly skilled employees we are fortunate to call our Kenworth family,” said Jim Walenczak, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Today we celebrate 50 years of innovation in Chillicothe, community involvement in Ross County and The World’s Best employees. This milestone is a testament to the dedication of our incredible workforce – both past and present – and Kenworth’s commitment to continued growth in Chillicothe.”

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The Kenworth Chillicothe plant is located on a 120-acre site 50 miles south of Columbus, Ohio. Since 2018, Kenworth says it has invested $300 million in the 622,000-square-foot facility, which features advanced manufacturing technologies, including robotic assembly and a painting facility. The new multi-level paint facility went into production in October 2021 and is equipped with bell spray head technology that improves the appearance and transfer efficiency of the paint, according to Kenworth.

In 2022, the Kenworth Chillicothe plant received two Manufacturing Leadership Awards for its new Kenworth Paint Facility and Henrob Error Proofing project from the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2020, the plant received an Encouraging Environmental Excellence “E3” Gold Award from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for going beyond regulatory compliance requirements for environmental stewardship activities and in 2006, was recognized by Quality Magazine for its “Plant of the Year” Award.

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