PACCAR breaks ground on new multimillion-dollar facility

The company planted its roots in Lowndes County in 2007

LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – PACCAR broke ground for its multimillion-dollar facility expansion.

Governor Tate Reeves along with local leaders officially moved dirt for work on the 50-acre site to begin.

The company planted its roots in Lowndes County in 2007 and became the second mega site for the Golden Triangle.

Now, the company is looking to re-invest in the Golden Triangle with a multimillion-dollar expansion to its facility.

“I feel like I am up here every month to make a new announcement about a major investment in a major company,” Reeves said.

The 50,000-square foot expansion will add re-manufacturing operations and ultra-clean operations at the location.

Paccar CEO Preston Feight said the facility will extend the service life of their engines.

“When we have the engines that we build right over here, they go out on the road in the trucks and they last for about 10 years or a million miles. But then they get a bit tired. So, after that point in time, we will bring them back here, re-machine them, put new components in them, and make them good for another 10 years or another million miles. Which is a way better answer than putting them in the ground in a landfill. It extends the life of the engines and brings our customers great products,” Feight said.

The expansion also expands the payroll, adding 100 new jobs for the area.

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Trip Hairston said the continued growth of the company will affect all aspects of the county.

“It’s good to have a solid company. They are investing a lot of money to build more jobs and a facility that will employ many more people. What that means for us long term is really unspeakable. You have so many things that that represents. New jobs, it helps our schools, it just brings up the whole level so we are proud, proud to have Paccar invest the kind of money they are going to invest in here and build the kind of jobs they are planning on building,” Hairston said.

Reeves said this is another way that Mississippi is gaining momentum and it takes collaboration from all parties.

“It takes a lot of people to make a deal like this happen. And this is something we’ve obviously proven to the country and to the world that we are ready for investment and we are open for business and people are responding,” Reeves said.

The new facility is expected to be completed by 2025. PACCAR expects the new jobs to be filled by 2026.

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