Paccar recognized the 10th anniversary of its Columbus, Mississippi, engine factory, which has produced more than 250,000 Paccar MX-11 and MX-13 engines.
Planning for the engine plant started in 2006 when an international Paccar team of experienced managers and engineers from Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF were tasked with laying the groundwork for a state-of-the-art factory. Paccar chose Columbus for its proximity to important transportation logistics networks, talented people, and the ability to partner with nearby educational institutions that complement the workforce.
A groundbreaking ceremony in 2007 marked the start of construction for the $400 million facility. The innovative factory design and operations have resulted in honors for manufacturing excellence and environmental impact, such as zero-waste-to-landfill, ISO 14000 environmental management, and ISO 9001-TS quality management certifications.
Additional investments in factory enhancements and production capacity have positioned the plant to meet engine demand over the next decade, according to the company.
Paccar established close ties with colleges in the area including Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women and East Mississippi Community College to help develop a strong local pool of highly skilled employees. Not only does the Paccar engine factory hire or offer internships to associates from surrounding colleges, But employees can also earn training certifications and degrees to enhance their knowledge and skillsets.
Paccar MX engine blocks are made from compacted graphite iron (CGI), a material that is 75% stronger and 20% lighter than gray iron. CGI offers greater strength and temperature resistance than traditional metals, allowing the block to maintain excellent structural integrity while expanding and contracting, according to the company, saying it is the first diesel engine manufacturer to use this lightweight material in both the head and block portions.