Kenworth has begun construction of a state-of-the-art test building addition to its Class 8 truck assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio. The 105,000 square foot addition will cost $45 million to build and will increase the plant’s footprint by nearly 17%. Kenworth will construct the new test building on the north side of the plant.
Upon completion in the second quarter of 2023, all testing and validation activities will be transferred from current operations to the new testing building for improved efficiency, productivity and quality, according to the company.
“Kenworth’s major investment in the new test building demonstrates our continued commitment to producing industry-leading Class 8 trucks, while backed by the dedication of our employees,” said Doug VanZuiden, plant manager, in a prepared statement.
In addition to VanZuiden, other Kenworth Chillicothe attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony were assistant plant managers JD Pinkerton and Jack Schmitt, and manufacturing engineering manager Craig McGuire. Dignitaries included Tammy Eallonardo, Director of Economic Development; Jeff Doles, Chairman of the Board; and Jeff Graham, Vice Chairman of the Board; all of Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development; Matt Arnold, Vice President of Preconstruction Operations, and Christian Simpson, Preconstruction Manager, both of Rudolph Libbe Inc., and Taylor Stepp, Project Manager, Ohio Southeast (OhioSE) Economic Development.