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Kenworth T370 Becomes 150,000th Truck Produced at Paccar Plant

January 11, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News
Kenworth Assistant General Manager Jason Skoog, left, presents the keys to the 150,000th truck built at the Paccar -Ste.-Therese plant to Rich Demski, Florida chief engineer and manager for Pierce Manufacturing. Kenworth Assistant General Manager Jason Skoog, left, presents the keys to the 150,000th truck built at the Paccar -Ste.-Therese plant to Rich Demski, Florida chief engineer and manager for Pierce Manufacturing.

A Kenworth T370 was recently recognized as the historic 150,000th truck produced at the state-of-the-art Paccar factory in Ste-Therese, Quebec.

The milestone vehicle is a new Kenworth 4×2 T370 straight truck produced for long-time customer Pierce Manufacturing, the leading manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. The truck will be upfitted by Pierce with a fire tanker/pumper body.

The Pierce T370 features a Paccar PX-9 engine rated at 350 horsepower with 1,000 pounds-feet of torque at 1,400 rpm, five-speed Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission with PTO provision, along with 14,000-pound front axle and 26,000-pound single rear axle with a rear-axle ratio of 5.25.

The chassis also includes new frame packaging options recently made available on the T370 – the first being an end-of-frame fuel tank mounted between the frame rails. This new option allows for better chassis packaging on this complex tanker body. To complement the rear fuel tank, a new narrow under-cab battery box allows the DEF tank to be moved forward under cab, minimizing interference with the body installation.

“Pierce Manufacturing relies on Kenworth to develop features such as our new frame packaging option to make durable truck chassis that can be easily adapted to meet a wide range of needs,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “Over the years, Kenworth has worked closely with Pierce to provide customers with custom-made commercial tankers, pumpers, rescue trucks and other vehicles that get the job done, while handling punishing environments and holding their value.”

“Many Pierce Manufacturing customers come back to us time and again to make them a custom-made commercial vehicle on a Kenworth chassis because of the care and attention to detail that Ste-Therese plant employees pay when building them,” Demski said.