DENTON, Texas — Based on a projection of 250,000 new truck orders for the North American market this year, Peterbilt Motors Company has increased production of the new Model 587 and Model 382 at its truck manufacturing facility here.
Peterbilt is planning to increase its assembly workforce by 1,100 during the coming weeks with the goal of doubling the workforce by end of July, according to Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. Some of the 1,100 will come from employees who were laid off during the economic downturn and others will be new employees, he said. Peterbilt recently started a second shift at its Denton plant.
“We’re having fun,” he told The Trucker.
The new Model 587 is an EPA Smartway certified vehicle focused on quality, reliability and performance.
“The launch of the Model 587 is an exciting opportunity for Peterbilt and has generated a high level of interest with carriers seeking fuel economy gains and improved handling for their drivers,” says Jackson. “In fact, the Model 587 has gained great acceptance in the marketplace resulting in an order for 1,000 Model 587’s for U.S. Xpress. Since the introduction in the fourth quarter of 2010, strong demand for this exciting product has required Peterbilt to double the daily build rate for the Model 587.”
The Model 587 is equipped with standard front air disc brakes providing exceptional performance in stopping distance, brake handling and ease of maintenance. It is available with two sleepers or in a day cab configuration. The Model 587 is standard with the 2010 PACCAR MX engine with 380-485 horsepower range.
The new Model 382 is designed to offer outstanding maneuverability, aerodynamic efficiency, and exceptional serviceability for shorter haul pick-up, delivery and diminishing load markets.
“Optimized safety and steering capabilities for congested areas, advanced aerodynamics for excellent fuel efficiency and serviceability for lower operating costs makes the Model 382 the ultimate vehicle for the short and regional haul markets” said Jackson. “Having delivered the first Model 382 to Columbia Distributing in December, we are excited to increase production of this vehicle delivering customers ideal performance and savings.”
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