Kenworth’s Renton plant hits milestone

Kenworth Truck Company’s assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Kenworth employees and their family members marked the anniversary in conjunction with Kenworth Family Day held at the plant. The event included antique Kenworth trucks, employee classic car show, face painters and caricaturists, plant tours, City of Renton fire truck, food truck, Page Ahead children’s literacy program booth, pit stop challenge, human foosball, and a hearty barbecue lunch, the company says.

“More than 1,300 people from across Paccar attended Kenworth Family Day, which was a great way to celebrate our employees and the plant’s 25th anniversary,” says Bart Hoemann, Kenworth – Renton plant manager. “Kenworth – Renton employees had an opportunity to showcase their workplace to their families, have some fun, and enjoy all the activities and food. Employees are critical to the plant’s success with the quality, innovation, technology and care they build into every Kenworth truck produced here.”

In 1993, Kenworth opened the 300,000 sq.-ft. plant on a 40-acre site in Renton, Wash. The plant’s first truck, a Kenworth T600B, was presented to Stevens Transport.

In the past 25 years, the Kenworth – Renton plant has produced more than 144,000 Kenworth trucks. The plant currently produces the T680, T880, T800, W900, C500, K500 and 963 models, along with medium duty Kenworth T370s and T440s. Nearly 20 percent of the plant’s current employees have been working for Kenworth since the plant opened, the company says.

Kenworth – Renton also has achieved the prestigious ISO 14001:2015 certification for its effective environmental management system, which supports the production of trucks in an environmentally responsible manner.

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