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Kenworth Trucks

In the real world, few things work as well – as reliably, as efficiently, as productively – as Kenworth trucks.

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Our engineers have always looked for ways to use the latest technology to build efficient trucks that provide transportation solutions to our customers, and that tradition continues today.

1923: THE BEGINNING

In 1923 the company becomes Kenworth after the two principal stakeholders, Harry Kent and Edgar Worthinton. Headquarters are established in Seattle.

1924-1926

In 1924 the company sells 80 trucks. The next year production nears two trucks per week. Customization becomes the Kenworth hallmark.

1927-1929

Harry Kent becomes President and steady growth leads to opening of a new factory in Seattle.

1944

Pacific Car and Foundry buys Kenworth. Paul Pigott strikes a deal with the owners and Kenworth becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Car and Foundry.

1945-1950

Kenworth is still producing military as well as commercial vehicles. Sugar plantations in Hawaii become large customers. In 1946 a new Seattle factory is opened and by 1950 foreign sales account for 40 percent of sales.

1951-1955

Kenworth produces the 853 for work in the oil fields of the Middle East and the 801 for earth moving in America. In 1955 the radical cab-beside-engine design is launched and becomes an instant hit.

1956

The 900 series is introduced and a fleet successfully transports 3,000 tons of equipment and supplies to the northern Yukon for oil exploration.

 

1957 – 2011

 

2012

Kenworth has designed an outstanding truck that takes the company’s long tradition of superior aerodynamics to a new level of achievement. The T680 is designed to smoothly slice through the air, setting an industry standard for aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

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