The first Kenworth ICON 900 Limited Edition was recently delivered to long-time Kenworth customer Keim TS, the company recently announced.
“We’re celebrating our 60th anniversary this year,” said Stan Keim, president and owner of Keim TS, which hauls more than 50,000 flatbed and dry van cargo loads per year throughout the lower 48 states. “When I saw the ICON 900, I thought it would be a great way to celebrate who we are and how Kenworth trucks and MHC Kenworth, our dealer, have helped get Keim TS to where we are today.”
Stan Keim’s parents, Glen and DeAnn Keim, started Keim in 1955, and Stan purchased the company in 1997, according to the company. Today, the fleet operates 210 Kenworths in its 220-truck fleet and operates terminals in Fort Dodge, Iowa; Jasper, Tenn.; Medicine Lodge, Kan.; and Braymer, Mo.
Keim said he plans to keep his new Kenworth ICON 900 at Keim headquarters in Sabetha, Kan., as part of the company’s driver recruitment and retention efforts. “I also plan to take the ICON 900 to area truck shows and use it as a participant in local town parades. Everybody wants to see big trucks, especially Kenworths,” he said.
Keim TS also purchased an additional ICON 900 through MHC Kenworth – Kansas City and is using it as a driver reward truck. Myron Wiebe, a Keim TS driver for 21 years, was chosen to be the driver of that Kenworth ICON 900.
“It really surprised me. It’s quite an honor that they bought a second ICON 900 and selected me to drive it. I feel really blessed about it,” Wiebe said.
Wiebe drives 150,000 miles a year and estimated he’s driven over 3 million miles for Keim TS and has traveled to all the 48 lower states. Today, his routes take him mainly through the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas, with an occasional trip to Ohio, Wiebe said.
“It’s a pleasure to recognize Myron by giving him a new Kenworth ICON 900 as his ride,” said Keim. “Myron is a model driver and a humble man who does his job well every day. He takes very good care of his truck and keeps it spotless inside and outside. He’s also very diligent about working to achieve excellent fuel efficiency for each Kenworth truck that he’s driven for us. Myron will be a great ambassador for Keim TS as he talks with other drivers about our company and the ICON 900.”