Altec Industries, a longtime Kenworth Truck Co. customer, is receiving a milestone truck for the OEM, the 100,000th medium-duty truck to be produced at the Ste-Therese, Quebec, manufacturing plant.
Ste-Therese opened in 1999 and maintains state-of-the-art equipment, Kenworth parent Paccar said. The milestone truck is a 6x4 T370 tandem tractor model. Altec is a manufacturer of aerial lifts, derricks, truck-mounted cranes and specialty equipment for the construction and contractor, electric utility, telecommunications, and tree care industries.
“The employees at the Paccar Ste-Therese [plant] are especially dedicated to building excellent medium duty trucks. We’re especially honored that a Kenworth T370 is the 100,000th medium duty truck to roll off the production line over the past 12 years,” said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. “We thank all our customers who have purchased Kenworth trucks built at the Ste-Therese facility.”
Altec’s T370 includes a Paccar PX-8 engine rated at 300 hp. with 1,000 lbs.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. It has an Allison 3000RDS 5-spd. automatic transmission with Dana Spicer’s D1600 16K front axle and DSP41 40K tandem rear axle.
Altec will be adding an aerial lift bucket to the vehicle for eventual sale to a tree care company. Keith Lawrence, manager of strategic sourcing for Altec in St, Joseph, Mo., and Martin Boucher, Altec’s account manager in Montreal, were presented the keys to the truck by Chakib Toubal-Seghir, Paccar Ste-Therese plant manager, during a ceremony.
Also participating in the special ceremony at the plant were Santangelo; Neil Vonnahme, Kenworth general sales manager - West; and Eddie Davis, new truck salesman of selling dealer MHC Kenworth - Kansas City, Mo.
“On behalf of all Altec associates, it’s a privilege to participate in this important milestone for Kenworth and accept this very special and historic 100,000th truck built by the Ste-Therese plant employees,” said Lawrence. “Altec is proud of the longstanding business partnership we have with Kenworth. We value the importance of that relationship and look forward to continuing to jointly meet the growing needs of our customers by providing the highest quality equipment in the market today.”