Truck builder to add 100 jobs as part of $139M Chillicothe expansion [The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio]

April 18– Apr. 18–Truck manufacturer PACCAR will add 100 jobs to its assembly plant near Chillicothe as part of a $139 million expansion.

The Bellevue, Washington, company officially will break ground on the project at its Kenworth Chillicothe plant during ceremonies set for Wednesday.

The project received approval for state tax incentives this past December in a package with an estimated value of $500,000.

The company now has about 2,200 workers with a payroll of $155.4 million. The 100 additional jobs will add $6.6 million to the payroll.

PACCAR designs and manufactures light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF names, according to its website. It also designs and manufactures diesel engines and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

The company declined to comment about the project in advance of next week’s ceremony.

The project involves the construction of a 120,000-square-foot building where truck cabs will be painted, which is scheduled to open in January 2021.

Ohio beat out Texas and international locations for the project, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The company’s $139 million investment will go toward expanding an existing building and new machinery and equipment.

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