Kenworth to Cut Production at Renton Plant

March 10, 2000

SHARING TOOLS        | Print Subscribe
Kenworth has announced that it will reduce build rate at its Renton, WA, truck plant from 50 to 36 trucks a day starting April 3.

"The North American Class 8 truck market has declined in recent months," said the company in a prepared statement. "Kenworth has taken several actions to address the reduction in orders, including proactive sales and marketing programs as well as shutdown days, but the order intake is less than our build rate."
A company spokesman said high interest rates and high fuel prices were major reasons for the slowdown in truck sales. The plant has been working on a shared work program under which employees work four days a week and receive unemployment benefits for one day while the plant is shut down. The company was using the idle time for quality training.
About 300 people at Kenworth's Renton and Seattle plants will be affected by the build rate reduction, including both hourly and salaried employees.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 2000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


We offer e-newsletters that deliver targeted news and information for the entire fleet industry.


ELDs and Telematics

sponsored by
sponsor logo

Scott Sutarik from Geotab will answer your questions and challenges

View All

Sleeper Cab Power

Steve Carlson from Xantrex will answer your questions and challenges

View All