Made in Washington: Kenworth

A division of PACCAR since 1945, Kenworth workers assemble about 2,500 trucks a year in Renton.

This article appears in print in the November 2018 issue, and is presented by Impact Washington. Click here for a free subscription.

Kenworth has been making trucks in the Seattle area since 1923 — for the past 25 years in Renton, where more than 400 employees produce nine models of heavy- and medium-duty trucks in a 300,000-square-foot assembly plant. A division of PACCAR since 1945, Kenworth workers assemble about 2,500 trucks a year in Renton, where components include powertrains, top photo, hoods, wiring and chassis frames.

Since its opening in 1993, the Renton plant has produced more than 144,000 Kenworth trucks. Even more impressive: Nearly 20 percent of the plant’s employees have been with Kenworth since the plant opened. In 2000, Fortune magazine recognized the Renton plant as one of America’s Elite Factories. In 2004, Assembly magazine bestowed its first Assembly Plant of the Year Award on the Kenworth facility.

Scroll through bonus photos from the shoot at Kenworth below. See more Made in Washington photo galleries here.

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