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A LOOK UNDER THE HOOD
PETERBILT MOTORS PLANT IN DE
BY JASON YANG
E arth is under attack.
While the planet is in a state
of chaos, four asteroids; hurtle
through space. Struggling to conceal
robotic, humanoid forms after making
their fiery landings, the asteroids-
turned-alien-robots morph into cars
for cover. While most of the robots from
the movie "Transformers * choose speed
over size, their leader, Optimus Prime,
selects heavy duty, blue truck with a red
flame decal - model 379 by Peterbilt
Motors, manufactured at the company's
plant in Denton.
The fictional robot commanders
choice is sensible,Peterbiltis one ofthree
major American truck manufacturing
companies, and a Torluiic top-.160
Founded in 1939, Peterbilt opened
its manufacturing facility in Denton in
1980. By 1993,.Denton was also: home to
the company's headquarters and its lone
IIS. manufacturing plant. With 1,500 to
1,700 nonunion workers, Peterbilt is the
8th largest employer in Denton County
according to the. county's budget, office.
Bill Kozek, general manager and
Paccar [Peterbilt s parent Company] vice
president, looks, on the outside, like a
standard corporate eyeryman: pinstripe
suit, crisp white shirt and tie.
Underneath the businessman exterior
is a man with experience in just about
every aspect of truck manufacturing.
With the experience he lias
accumulated in 25 years at the
company, Kozek said lie intends
In keep steering Peterbilt in the
right direction, putting out quality
trucks and creating jobs in Denton.
The quality and care that goes into
turning thousands of pounds of metal
into road-ready trucks is evident at the
Peterbilt plant,: Employees — dressed in
navy worksliirts, navy or khaki pants.
Steel-toed shoes, safety goggles and
gloves — work restlessly at different
assembly lines amidst a cacophony of
banging parts and showers of sparks,
while the smell of oil extends throughout
the factory. These employees construct
and inspect the trucks, while engineers
also inspect the trucks for safety and
Bill Chancy owner of Ghaney Truck
Company in Boanoke, has been a client
of Peterbilt since the 1970s. Chaney
said he buys Peterbilt trucks for quality
product and high resale value, but really
values the company's relationship with
"Mary Kay was a big customer
and wanted pink trucks, Kozek
said. "So we built some of the most
beautiful pink trucks I've ever seen."
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Bottoni, Paul. On The Record, Vol. 4, No. 1, Ed. 1 Friday, June 15, 2012, periodical, June 15, 2012; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255944/m1/26/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .