Peterbilt expansion moves to phase two

Peterbilt factory

The first phase of Peterbilt‘s expansion project is now complete, and the company has received clearance from the city to add another 17,000 square feet.

The addition will be for receiving materials on the west side of the plant, and should be done by early 2016, said Leon Handt, assistant general manager of operations.

Before this work started, the building added dock doors. Next up will be adding new storage for painted parts, and a retrieval system. That chunk of work, the third and final phase of the project, is still on track to start in October and be done by Sept. 2016, Handt said.

Because of the scope of the project, the city offered Peterbilt a tax abatement to get the $23 million project done.

Peterbilt expansion gets city incentives

Inside the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas.

Peterbilt will soon begin a $23 million expansion of its current plant in Denton, now with the help of a tax abatement from the city.

The Denton City Council approved a 70 percent tax abatement for eight years in last night’s meeting, which means the company will get about $822,000 in incentives.

In the presentation, details of the plan and Peterbilt’s expansion were explained by Aimee Bissett, director of economic development for the city.

The expansion comes after the company added 500 jobs in 2014, and so far this year have already added 200. In 2014, their production levels increased 32 percent. When they opened in Denton in 1980, they had just 83 employees. You can read more about Peterbilt’s history in Denton here.

The expansion will add 17,500 square feet to the property to help increase production.

Peterbilt names new general manager

Darrin Siver, vice-president of PACCAR, has been named Peterbilt’s new general manager, according to company officials.

Siver will replace Bill Kozek, who took a new position as president of Navistar International Corporation, whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce several brands of commercial and military trucks, diesel engines and school and commercial buses.

Silver has 20 years of experience with PACCAR, most recently serving as general manager of PACCAR Parts, said Todd Acker, a company spokesman in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.

Kozek spent 26 years at PACCAR Inc., where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of its Peterbilt Motors Company.

Peterbilt continues expanding its green initiatives


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Peterbilt is expanding its environmental reach with the purchase of Model 386, a liquefied natural gas trucks.

In their announcement last week, Peterbilt said they are partnering with Vedder Transport Ltd of Abbotsford, British Columbia to offer the new natural gas.

“The Model 386 LNG truck is a product that provides fuel efficiency and environmental characteristics through a clean powered platform without jeopardizing performance,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president in a news release, “We are excited to partner with Vedder Transport to help support their business objectives.”

Vedder Transport specializes in the transportation of Food Grade products in a bulk liquid or dry state, and offers dedicated and irregular route, truck load and less than truck load freight services throughout Canada, and between Canada and the United States.

“With the purchase of 50 Peterbilt Model 386 LNG trucks, Vedder Transport is leading environmentally clean transporter of the Bulk Food Grade market,” said the release.

Peterbilt Motors Company is based in Denton.

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