As a clear
sign the idled Kenworth plant in Tukwila, WA, likely has produced
its last truck, a three-day auction was held this week to sell
off the plant's contents. Items auctioned off by a Canadian auctioneer
included metal buildings, forklifts, racks, paint booths, presses,
drills, lathes, cranes, tools and office equipment.
was officially stopped at the plant in 1996, although it was used
for parts fabrication. In 1998, PACCAR resumed production of heavy-duty
trucks and added small-truck production.
opened a new medium-duty manufacturing plant in Quebec, so the Tukwila
plant was idled. In 2001, the plant produced off-highway trucks
for export, but that work was shifted to a different Kenworth plant
by year's end.