Paccar Joins Rivals in Shutdown of Truck and Engine Plants Worldwide Due to COVID-19
Bellevue, WA – Paccar, makers of Kenworth and Peterbilt commercial vehicles, is shutting down production at all of its plants worldwide in response to COVID-19 concerns.
In a press release issued Monday evening, the company said it will suspend truck and engine production at its factories worldwide from March 24 until April 6, 2020.
Additionally, Paccar says officials will review future actions on a regular basis.
Paccar also assured customers and dealers it will continue to provide aftermarket support.
In a message to investors, Paccar cautioned its financial results for the first quarter and the remainder of 2020 “will be impacted by lower production schedules due to changes in customer demand and the impact of government regulations or mandates.”
The company says it will provide an update on its 2020 outlook and first quarter results during the earnings call scheduled for April 21, 2020.
“Paccar’s excellent balance sheet, experienced leadership team and outstanding employees will contribute to the company successfully managing through this difficult period,” said CEO Preston Feight.
Paccar’s announcement came shortly after Navistar International Corporation, makers of International Trucks, also announced it was suspending production at its truck assembly plant in Springfield, OH, for two weeks.
Navistar’s halt in production came only a few days after Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America announced a similar suspension of production.
Last Thursday, Volvo Trucks NA officials confirmed all manufacturing of its vehicles at facilities in Macungie, PA; Dublin, VA; and Hagerstown, MD, had been suspended and will be so until at least March 27.
Also on Monday, Daimler, makers of Freightliner and Western Star Trucks, also suspended the “majority” of its production of cars, vans and trucks at its commercial vehicle plants in the U.S., Latin America, Africa and India.
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The company’s latest round of production shut downs will last for at least two weeks.
“An extension of this measure will depend on further developments,” Daimler indicated.
Further, Daimler said, “With these measures, Daimler is helping to protect its workforce, to interrupt chains of infection and to contain the spread of the pandemic. At the same time, this will help the company to prepare for a period of temporarily lower demand and to protect its financial strength.”
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments.
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