Peterbilt’s Denton plant celebrates anniversary

Peterbilt Denton plantPeterbilt’s manufacturing plant in Denton, Texas, is celebrating its 40th year in operation.

Peterbilt’s Denton plant was built with purposeful innovation and growth in mind, the company says. The plant began operation as a 435,000 sq.-ft. facility with 81 employees on 80 acres of land. Today it sits on 238 acres, employs over 2,500 people and has more than 700,000 sq. ft. of space spread out over multiple buildings.

Of those original 81 employees, Peterbilt would like to congratulate Susan Bishop and Ken Montgomery who are still working at the plant today.

“During the past 40 years Peterbilt has built over 629,000 trucks in the Denton plant and we’re constantly investing and implementing new technologies and processes to improve our quality and efficiency for the future,” says Leon Handt, Peterbilt assistant general manager operations. “The past five years alone have seen investments in automated overhead parts storage and retrieval, automated guided vehicle assembly lines, additional emissions reduction equipment, a brand new test building as well as numerous enhancements throughout the plant.”

Additionally, the Peterbilt Experience inside the Denton plant was added so customers could see a glimpse of Peterbilt’s past, present and future. It includes the very first truck to roll off the Denton plant assembly line, along with other classic trucks, the latest Peterbilt models, cab and sleeper cutaways, a full lineup of Paccar engines and powertrains as well as multiple interactive displays.

“In a regular year we have thousands of people touring the Peterbilt Denton Plant. The ability to see our amazing employees utilizing the advanced tools and technology to build each Peterbilt truck to a customer’s exact specifications really shows off the quality of our product. It is one of the strongest selling tools we have,” says Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing.

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