Paccar Inc. has announced plans to build a $400 million engine facility in Columbus, Miss.
"Paccar is pleased to locate its engine facility in one of the most dynamic and progressive areas in the Southeast," said Mark Pigott,
chairman and chief executive officer.
Construction on the 400,000-square-foot facility will begin in mid-2007 and is due to be completed in 2009. The new facility will manufacture 12.9-liter and 9.2-liter diesel engines for Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF vehicles and complements Paccar's state-of-the-art engine facility in the Netherlands.
"The Columbus, Miss., site provides superb proximity to our dealers, customers and strategic supplier partners. Paccar's outstanding financial performance, intense focus on quality, technology and productivity has enabled the company to consistently invest in its products, services and processes during all phases of the business cycle," said Pigott. Paccar earned record net income of $1.5 billion on revenues of $16.5 billion in 2006.
"This will be Paccar's most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly facility," said Jim Cardillo, executive vice president. "The facility will initially hire approximately 200 employees and it is anticipated that there will be 500 employees as production increases over time."
Paccar is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. It also provides financial services and information technology and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.
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