Global engine company creating 100 jobs in Mississippi
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.
“This fantastic investment from PACCAR is further testimony to the strength of the Golden Triangle, our automotive industry and Mississippi’s vibrant economy,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. “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.”
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.
“PACCAR has produced more than 300,000 PACCAR MX Engines in its world-class engine factory in Columbus, Mississippi since 2010,” PACCAR Engine Company Plant Manager Todd Wells said. “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.”
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.
“From the day PACCAR selected Lowndes County as the site for its engine plant, I have been impressed by the Company,” Joe Max Higgins, CEO, Golden Triangle Development LINK said. “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.”
Construction on the addition is slated to begin December 2023. PACCAR plans to fill the 100 jobs by 2026.