MHC Kenworth dealership going green

MHC Kenworth will unveil the second largest, and most environmentally friendly, dealership among its network tomorrow, company officials said

MHC Kenworth will unveil the second largest, and most environmentally friendly, dealership among its network tomorrow, company officials said.

“We are almost tripling our footprint,” Murphy-Hoffman Company vice president, Dave Douglas, said. “This state of the art building is a tribute to all of our employees’ hard work and dedication in servicing our customers. Our employees are ecstatic about this new building and its improved capabilities. We are confident our customers will be very pleased with our increased productivity and continued outstanding seven days, 24 hour service schedule.”

When designing the building, MHC utilized green technology to help in heating and cooling the new facility. Before the building began, almost 70 wells were drilled below the foundation. Using geo-thermal technology, water is pumped in and out of these wells, and is the sole source of heating and cooling in the parts showroom and offices.

To reduce the amount of electricity consumed, motion detectors have been installed throughout most of the building that triggers the lights to turn on only when someone is in the room. In addition, translucent hollow-core overhead doors were installed in both the body and service departments. These doors allow natural light into the building without affecting the temperature of the service bays. To further reduce energy consumption, the lights in the line and body shop are controlled by photocells, and only turn on when there is insufficient lighting.

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