The 1920s saw many innovations in truck design. This early Kenworth fleet illustrates the transition from solid to pneumatic tires and from open to enclosed cabs.
The historic 250,000th T800 that was received by Trican Well Service Ltd. during a special ceremony at the Kenworth assembly plant in Renton, WA.
Kenworth Truck Company is celebrating its milestone 90th anniversary during 2013. With a heritage of quality, innovation and technology, Kenworth has provided thousands of customers with "The World’s Best" trucks over the decades.
It began in 1923 when Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington incorporated the Gersix Motor Company as “Kenworth”. The company name was formed from a combination of letters from the founders’ last names.
That first year, the small Seattle truck manufacturer produced 78 six-cylinder, gasoline-powered trucks. Since then, Kenworth has produced more than 900,000 trucks.
Kenworth was the first truck manufacturer to install diesel engines as standard equipment in 1933 and sold the first sleeper cab in 1936. The Kenworth T600A transformed the industry as the first truly aerodynamic Class 8 truck in 1985. A year later, the T800 was introduced and is widely recognized for serving productively in applications such as dump truck, mixer, logger, and extreme heavy haul. The milestone 250,000th T800 was produced and celebrated last year.
At the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth pushed aerodynamics ahead again with the introduction of the all-new T680, the company’s most aerodynamic truck in its history.
“Over the past 90 years, Kenworth has played an essential role in the development of trucks that are more fuel efficient, productive and economical to operate,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth’s general manager and PACCAR vice president. “It’s the foundation that began when Harry Kent and Edgar Worthington incorporated the Gersix Motor Company as ‘Kenworth’ in 1923, and delivering trucks that provide exceptional performance continues today."
In 2013, Kenworth expects to bring its latest innovations to the Mid-America Trucking Show. Throughout the year, Kenworth will also host many customer events to commemorate the company’s 90th anniversary milestone.