Paccar – the parent company of Peterbilt and Kenworth – is building its first engine manufacturing plant in North America.
Company officials broke ground Wednesday for a $400 million plant near Columbus, MS.
It will produce a 9.2-liter diesel engine for vocational trucks.
The company’s Class 8 trucks will still be equipped with Cummins or Caterpillar engines.
A Paccar press release said the 420,000 square foot engine and technology plant should be up and running in two years.