The 80,000th Australian-designed and -built Kenworth was handed over to Booth Transport on Wednesday at a celebration at the Kenworth DAF Bayswater Plant in Melbourne.
Fifty-two years after Kenworth began manufacturing its heavy-duty trucks in the suburb of Bayswater, employees came together to participate in an event that saw Booth Transport Director, Peter Booth, and CEO, Nathan Falconer accept from PACCAR Australian Managing Director, Damian Smethurst, the key to a T610SAR.
Damian said, “Booth Transport is a fourth-generation company that we at Kenworth are honoured to have partnered with for more than 25 years.
“Eighty thousand trucks gives us another significant milestone to celebrate, one which we are immensely proud of. Though we also celebrate what happens every day. Every single customer whose truck comes down the line at Bayswater gets the same detail and care as even our largest customers; every single one of our trucks is going to have a life and a history.
“Each one of our customers contributes to us achieving these great milestones and each one of the latest 10,000 trucks since we celebrated 70,000 in March 2021 represents the growth of our business and the strength of our product. Our trucks are built for the environment in which we operate, which sets us apart from any other brand.
“We thank many of our local supply partners, many of whom have worked with us for decades, that have enabled us to build every single Kenworth truck, all 80,000 of them. We demand the highest level of quality and service from our suppliers and they continue to deliver for us, so we can continue to deliver to our customers.”