National Road Transport Hall of Fame

By Brown and Hurley on September 26, 2014 in Kenworth Facts | comments
The Kenworth truck has achieved many things.

Autumn 1991 saw more amazing Kenworth innovation. The T884 was introduced offering customers dual steering. By utilising two steering axles (front and rear) the new truck could make sharp turns—better than most conventional trucks. The truck could go over difficult terrain better than any other truck in Kenworth's history. Targeted toward off-road applications, the T884 found customers primarily in the mining and construction sectors.

That same season, Kenworth also accepted a most unique transportation challenge—the moving of a rare SR71 Blackbird spy plane. Kenworth, along with long-time customer Schmitt Lowbed Services (Redding, Calif.), handled the move. The Blackbird measured 98 feet in length by 23 feet in width.

Kenworth was contacted by Seattle's Museum of Flight, asking for help in getting the giant plane to the museum from its hanger in the Mojave Desert. Was it feasible (even legal) to haul the Blackbird back to Seattle? It was legal to do so but it seemed excessively difficult. A normal freeway traffic lane is 12 feet wide, meaning the Blackbird would take nearly two lanes of traffic. Variances from states were required for anything over 8-1/2 feet in width or 80,000 pounds in weight. In many cases, the Kenworth team knew traffic would have to be shut down in both directions to allow the Blackbird to move up I-5 and other roadways. But it could be done.

Five Kenworth trucks were required for the job. A Kenworth T800 with Caterpillar 460 horsepower engine and a specially-made 73-foot Trail King trailer transported the fuselage. Four Kenworth T600As handled the engines and wing sections. Twelve days after loading, the Kenworths and Blackbird arrived at the Museum of Flight, where the Blackbird is now the museum's star attraction


90 Years of Kenworth

By Brown and Hurley on December 2, 2013 in Kenworth Facts | comments
Kenworth Truck Company has celebrated its milestone 90th anniversary during 2013. With an excellent reputation of quality, innovation and technology, Kenworth has served thousands of customers over the decades.

It all 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's success in a competitive business can be traced back to a philosophy established early in its history. The goal was to build the right Kenworth truck for each customer's application to get the job done…and build that truck to last. That philosophy, which continues to be true to this day, resulted in Kenworth establishing a solid reputation for its quality, innovative and durable trucks that are driven by state-of-the-art technology.

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 Kenworth 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 significantly pushed aerodynamics ahead again with the introduction of the all-new Kenworth T680, the company's most aerodynamic truck in its history.

When Harry Kent and Edgar Worthington incorporated the Gersix Motor Company as 'Kenworth' in 1923, they delivered trucks that provide exceptional performance and this continues today. Throughout the year, Kenworth hosted many customer events to commemorate the company's 90th anniversary milestone and showcased exciting new trucks. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.