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Founded1905; 114 years ago (1905)[1]
HeadquartersPACCAR Building
777 106th Avenue N.E.
Bellevue, Washington, United States
Area served
Key people
Mark C. Pigott (Executive Chairman)[2]
Preston Feight– (CEO)[3]
Production output
Increase 158,900 units (2017)[4]
ServicesVehicle financing & leasing
RevenueIncrease US$19.456 billion (2017)[4]
Increase US$1.862 billion (2017)[4]
Increase US$1.675 billion (2017)[4]
Total assetsIncrease US$23.440 billion (2017)[4]
Total equityIncrease US$8.051 billion (2017)[4]
Number of employees
~25,000 (December 2017)[4]

PACCAR Inc is an American Fortune 500 company[5] and counts among the largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in the world.[6][7] PACCAR is engaged in the design, manufacture and customer support of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt, Leyland Trucks and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.[8]


Seattle Car and Foundry works at Renton, Washington, 1916.

In 1905, William Pigott, Sr. founded Seattle Car Mfg. Co. to produce railway and logging equipment at its plant in West Seattle. In February 1, 1908, the Seattle Car Manufacturing Co. opened a modern railcar manufacturing plant in Renton. The destruction of Seattle Car's Youngstown plant by fire, coupled with the repercussions of the national financial panic of 1907, had placed the company in voluntary receivership. The new plant gave the business new momentum and company president William Pigott (1860-1929) and in particular the company vice president Oliver D. Colvin successfully shepherded the company through this difficult period. The company later merged with Twohy Brothers of Portland to become Pacific Car and Foundry Company, a name it retained for the next 55 years. In 1924, William Pigott sold control of the company to American Car and Foundry Company.

Paul Pigott, son of the founder, acquired a major interest in the company from American Car in 1934. Under his leadership, the company expanded its products and introduced the Carco line of power winches for use on crawler tractors in the logging industry. This product line later became the basis for PACCAR's Winch Division located in Oklahoma, which now includes Braden, Carco and Gearmatic.

The company entered the heavy-duty truck market in 1945 with its first major acquisition, Kenworth Motor Truck Company of Seattle. Pacific Car and Foundry greatly expanded its heavy-duty truck capability with the purchase of Peterbilt Motors Company in 1958. That same year, the acquisition of Dart Truck Company permitted its entry into the entirely new market of mining vehicles.

The company's Structural Steel division fabricated the steel for the construction of the Space Needle for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Later, it played a major part in the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam's third powerhouse as well as New York City's World Trade Center.

In 1960, PACCAR became an international truck manufacturer. Kenworth moved into Mexico with 49 percent participation in an affiliate company, Kenworth Mexicana S.A. de C.V., and in 1966 PACCAR entered the Australian truck market with the establishment of a Kenworth Truck assembly plant near Melbourne.

Also in 1960, Carco Acceptance Corporation, currently PACCAR Financial Corp., was launched to facilitate domestic sales of trucks.

In 1967 the Dynacraft division was formed to provide belts, hoses, adapters, and other accessories for Kenworth and Peterbilt truck plants. In 1969, 28 acres of land were purchased at suburban Bayswater - 30 km east of Melbourne for Kenworth Australia. Construction plans were drawn up and by 1970, the 56,000 sq ft factory and office complex was completed to produce trucks initially on a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) basis. During Kenworth Australia's 35-year history in Australia, it has become a major manufacturing force in the Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea markets.

Believing "Pacific Car and Foundry Company" no longer accurately reflected the company's products and activities, directors and shareholders voted to adopt PACCAR Inc as its new name in 1972.

In 1973, two major divisions of PACCAR were founded. PACCAR International Inc., with headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, was formed to consolidate the sales and service of company products abroad, and PACCAR Parts Division was established in Renton to supply aftermarket parts sales.

In 1975 PACCAR purchased International Car Company of Kenton, OH, North America's leading caboose manufacturer.

PACCAR Leasing Corporation was formed in 1980 to offer full-service leasing and rental programs through PACCAR's dealer network. A year later, PACCAR became a European truck manufacturer with the acquisition of Foden Trucks in Sandbach, U.K.

PACCAR's new Technical Center opened in July 1982. Located approximately 65 miles north of Seattle, the multimillion-dollar center underscored the company's commitment to technical excellence, quality and value in the products it manufactures.

In 1986, PACCAR signed a merger agreement with Trico Industries, Inc., manufacturing oil field pumps and accessories. In December 1997 Trico was sold to EVI of Houston.

In 1987, PACCAR acquired Washington-based Al's Auto Supply, an aftermarket retailer and wholesale distributor of auto parts and accessories. In 1988, PACCAR expanded its subsidiary PACCAR Automotive, Inc. when it purchased Grand Auto, Inc., a California-based retailer of auto parts and accessories. In October 1999, PACCAR Automotive was sold to CSK Auto, Inc.

PACCAR solidified its place in the Mexican heavy-duty truck market by purchasing the remaining portion of its Mexican Operation, VILPAC, S.A. in 1995.

The acquisition of DAF Trucks N.V. in 1996 and Leyland Trucks in 1998 established PACCAR as one of the major truck manufacturers in the world. DAF Trucks is a Netherlands-based truck company with production facilities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Westerlo, Belgium. Leyland manufactures DAF trucks at its plant in Lancashire, England.

For its leadership in the development of aerodynamic, lightweight commercial vehicles that has led to reduced fuel consumption and increased efficiencies, PACCAR Inc was awarded the National Medal of Technology at the White House in 2006.[9][10]

In 2010, PACCAR unveiled its PACCAR MX engine line for North America. While the MX engine was new to the North American market, DAF has been building engines in Europe since 1957. PACCAR invested $400 million in the PACCAR Engine factory and technology center in Columbus, Mississippi, to assemble the proprietary engines.

In 2013, PACCAR expanded its global operations with the opening of a new DAF factory in Ponta Grossa, Brasil. The company invested $320 million in the 300,000 sq ft assembly facility on 569 acres. The factory assembles the DAF XF and CF vehicles for the South American market.[11]

PACCAR announced its Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Sunnyvale, California in 2017.[12] The center coordinates next-generation product development and identifies emerging technologies that will benefit future vehicle performance.[13]

PACCAR makes light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.


Paccar MX engine


Fiscal Year Revenue (Billions USD)
2008 $14.97
2009 $8.09
2010 $10.29
2011 $16.36
2012 $17.05
2013 $17.12
2014 $18.99
2015 $19.12
2016 $17.03

See also


  1. ^ "Beginnings of PACCAR Inc". Washington State History Encyclopedia. 4 Feb 2005. Retrieved 25 Jun 2013.
  2. ^ "PACCAR Inc". Reuters Markets. 30 Dec 2012. Retrieved 28 Jun 2013.
  3. ^ "PACCAR Board of Directors". PACCAR Inc. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "PACCAR Inc 2017 Annual Report (Form 10-K)". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. January 2018.
  5. ^ "Fortune 500 Companies 2018: Who Made the List". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  6. ^ "Heavy & Medium Duty Market Research Report" (PDF). PRWeb. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  7. ^ "DAF trucks at New Delhi AutoExpo". Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. 10 Jan 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Home |PACCAR". Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  9. ^ "Paccar awarded national medal of technology". CCJ digital. 15 February 2006. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  10. ^ "PACCAR Inc honored with National Medal of Technology". Automotive World. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Paccar Begins Production of DAF Trucks in Brazil". Transport Topics. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Truck giant Paccar plans to open innovation center in Silicon Valley". Puget Sound Business Journal. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  13. ^ "PACCAR Innovation Center".


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