Peterbilt plant celebrates 40 years of operation

Updated Aug 10, 2020

Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas manufacturing plant is observing its 40th year of operation. Since opening in August 1980, the plant has become the main manufacturing facility for the brand.

The plant began operation as a 435,000 square-foot facility with 81 employees on 80 acres of land. Today it sits on 238 acres, employs over 2,500 people and has over 700,000 sq ft of space spread out over multiple buildings.

“During the past forty years Peterbilt has built over 629,000 trucks in the Denton plant and we’re constantly investing and implementing new technologies and processes to improve our quality and efficiency for the future,” said Leon Handt, Peterbilt assistant general manager operations. “The past five years alone have seen investments in automated overhead parts storage and retrieval, automated guided vehicle assembly lines, additional emissions reduction equipment, a brand new test building as well as numerous enhancements throughout the plant.”