Paccar anticipates some expansion in Mississippi

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Paccar Inc. has 160 workers at its truck engine plant in north Mississippi, and officials anticipate some new jobs as projects expand and the economy improves

Paccar started building engines at its 440,000-square-foot Lowndes County plant in December 2010. Since then, plant manager Lex Lemmers says 2,200 engines have been assembled at the facility, and 600 have been delivered to customers.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the Lemmers told an audience at East Mississippi Community College this week that the plant currently produces 25 engines a day and that number will increase with demand.

The plant manufactures Paccar’s MX engine for Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. Lemmers says the MX engines are designed to last for 1 million miles without a major overhaul.