PACCAR expanding manufacturing operations in Columbus

  • Global engine company creating 100 jobs in Mississippi
  • Project represents corporate investment of more than $209 million

Jackson, Miss. (October 30, 2023) – Global automotive technology company PACCAR is expanding its operations in Columbus. The $209.4 million investment represents two projects that will create a total of 100 jobs.

PACCAR is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium trucks, including the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. The company also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and distributes truck parts. PACCAR is expanding its existing manufacturing facility in Columbus by 50,000 square feet to add remanufacturing operations at the site. The company also is expanding operations to meet future emissions requirements for Diesel engines. Both projects combined will create 100 jobs.

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for on-site building improvements. Lowndes County, Tennessee Valley Authority and 4 County Electric also are assisting with the project.

Construction on the addition is slated to begin December 2023. PACCAR plans to fill the 100 jobs by 2026.

QUOTES

“This fantastic investment from PACCAR is further testimony to the strength of the Golden Triangle, our automotive industry and Mississippi’s vibrant economy. The $209 million and 100 jobs will further ignite prosperity and growth in this community and the entire region. I’m thankful for and congratulate the folks at PACCAR and in Lowndes County on this exciting announcement, and I look forward to all that the future holds in store.” – Gov. Tate Reeves

 “This exciting announcement is the latest reminder of how Mississippi’s efforts to foster economic growth are a vital part of our state’s economic future. In addition to creating so many exciting new opportunities for so many individuals, these 100 new jobs will benefit the Golden Triangle Region by building a stronger tax base and supporting local businesses. MDA exists to help spur economic development in Mississippi’s communities, and we are glad to support PACCAR as the company grows in Columbus.” – MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp

PACCAR has produced more than 300,000 PACCAR MX Engines in its world-class engine factory in Columbus, MS, since 2010. The PACCAR MX engine has a design life of one million miles, after which time the remanufacturing process can extend that life another one million miles. Engine remanufacturing is good for the environment and provides value to Kenworth and Peterbilt truck owners who appreciate the opportunity to extend the life of their trucks with high-quality remanufactured PACCAR MX Engines.” – PACCAR Engine Company Plant Manager Todd Wells

  “From the day PACCAR selected Lowndes County as the site for its engine plant, I have been impressed by the Company. This iconic company has continued to reinvest in not only its facility here but in our community and its people. The Golden Triangle is a vastly better place because of PACCAR, and I would like to think that PACCAR is a better Company because of the Golden Triangle.” – Joe Max Higgins, CEO, Golden Triangle Development LINK

  TVA and 4 County Electric congratulate PACCAR on its decision to expand operations and create additional job opportunities and investment in Columbus. Supporting economic growth in the region is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with Mississippi Development Authority, Lowndes County and GTR LINK to further that mission and look forward to PACCAR’s continued success in Mississippi.” – John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development

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Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.

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