By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky
Another large-scale distributor is investing in Louisville.
PACCAR Parts, which distributes aftermarket vehicle parts, recently broke ground on its 19th parts distribution center. Their latest facility is in Louisville Riverport Authority’s Phase 5 development and is expected to create 80 full-time jobs.
The $52.2 million state-of-the-art parts distribution center is expected to be operational in 2022. It will allow PACCAR to increase parts availability for dealers and customers in the central, mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the U.S. and provide parts capacity to support new truck and engine models.
Company leaders joined local officials and representatives from Louisville-based Abel Construction, Luckett & Farley, Kenworth of Louisville, TLG Peterbilt – Louisville and Dynacraft, a division of PACCAR, to break ground on what will be a 260,000-square-foot facility for motor-vehicle-related parts distribution, including original equipment and replacement parts and aftermarket products.
PACCAR Parts is a division of PACCAR Inc., a Bellevue, Washington-based manufacturer of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF names with roots dating back to the early 1900s. The company distributes products to customers globally through an extensive dealer network that includes 2,200 locations worldwide.
In 2020 in Kentucky, auto-related companies announced 31 new location and expansion projects expected to create 970 full-time jobs with $256.8 million in announced investment. More than 525 automotive suppliers and four automotive assembly plants currently operate in Kentucky, employing over 100,000 people throughout the state.