Kenworth Expanding Chillicothe

Posted on August 16, 2006
Kenworth is expanding its production plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, by nearly 30%, company officials said. The project will add 105,000 sq. ft. to the Kenworth-Chillicothe plant, which has produced more than 270,000 trucks since it opened in 1974. The Kenworth facility is located on 120 acres and currently is 372,000 sq. ft. in size.

“Kenworth continues to invest for the future as we enter 2007,” said Tony McQuary, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. “This major plant expansion will further advance Kenworth’s quality and Kenworth-Chillicothe’s build capacity. The project work started in July and is scheduled for completion next summer.”

McQuary said the expansion project will add new manufacturing technologies and processes with an extension to Kenworth-Chillicothe’s main line; new cab, sleeper, and Kenworth T2000 trim lines; and exciting advancements in plant logistics. Earlier this year, Kenworth’s Chillicothe plant completed implementation of a major cab and sleeper robotic paint system.