Kenworth's Renton Assembly Plant receives environmental honor

The Kenworth Truck Company assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently received a 2012 Gold Award presented by the King County, Wash. Industrial Waste Program.

The award is for compliance with the plant's industrial wastewater discharge permit. The award recognized the plant for one year of no wastewater violations of any kind covering discharge, permit, ordinance, reporting, self-monitoring and King County monitoring.

"The Kenworth – Renton plant maintains a comprehensive environmental stewardship program, which consistently produces excellent results," said Judy McTigue, Kenworth – Renton plant manager. "As part of their daily efforts to produce high quality Kenworth trucks, Kenworth's employees take our environmental initiatives very seriously. The 2012 Gold Award from the King County Industrial Waste Program is recognition of their efforts in the environmental arena."

Kenworth's plants in Renton, Wash., and Chillicothe, Ohio, both hold the prestigious ISO 14001:2004 certification for effective environmental management systems established to help build Class 8 trucks in an environmentally sustainable manner. Kenworth's medium duty products are produced at the PACCAR manufacturing facility in Ste. Therese, Que., which also holds ISO 14001:2004 status.

This year, the Kenworth – Renton plant celebrates its 20th anniversary. Kenworth Truck Company, which marks its 90th anniversary this year, first began building Kenworth trucks in the Seattle area in 1923 at its assembly plant then located on Mercer Street near Lake Union in Seattle.

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