A new Kenworth T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper that was built just last month by employees at Kenworth’s assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, returned to the plant this week carrying a special cargo — the official 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
Kenworth employees gathered for a brief ceremony to see the 74-foot-long Lutz spruce that was cut Oct. 27 in Alaska; transported by ship to the Port of Tacoma, Wash., and then sent on its way on a 3,000–mile, cross-country journey by truck following a celebration at Seattle’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOHAI).
“Kenworth’s Chillicothe employees really enjoyed seeing the Kenworth T680 they built return with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. It’s quite an honor for Kenworth and our employees to play an important role in the Christmas celebration of our nation’s capital,” said Judy McTigue, Kenworth-Chillicothe plant manager.
The tour’s T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper is equipped with a fuel-efficient combination of the Paccar MX-13 engine and the Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated manual transmission. The truck also features the new Kenworth TruckTech+ designed to enhance vehicle diagnostics and to help optimize truck uptime and productivity.
After the Kenworth assembly plant stop, the tour visited a Chillicothe community celebration the following morning at Mt. Logan Elementary School. The 51st annual Capitol Christmas Tree now travels to Joint Base Andrews, Md., to prepare for its final event. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will light the tree during a special ceremony on Dec. 2 held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building.
The public can track the truck’s progress at Trackthetree.com.