Kenworth Founders Inducted into American Trucking & Industry Leaders Hall of Fame

By: JGK Staff

Kenworth Truck Company founders Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington were recently inducted into the American Trucking and Industry Leader Hall of Fame. This prestigious recognition took place during a ceremony held at the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri on October 25. The induction of Kent and Worthington into the Hall of Fame coincides with Kenworth’s 100th anniversary, making it an even more significant milestone for the company.

During the event, Kenworth showcased its rich history by displaying various models of their trucks throughout the years. This included two special edition models introduced in 2023, namely the T680 Signature Edition and W900 Limited Edition. Additionally, Kenworth’s 100th Anniversary tour trailer and historical exhibit were also on display. The exhibit featured a comprehensive timeline of Kenworth’s history, video presentations, and vintage Kenworth badges.

The story of Kenworth began in January 1923 when Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington decided to combine their names and establish the company. Seattle, Washington became the headquarters for Kenworth, and just two months later, the first truck rolled off the manufacturing line. In its inaugural year, Kenworth produced 78 gasoline-powered trucks. Since then, the company has experienced remarkable growth, evolving from a regional truck manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest to a global brand. Today, Kenworth produces over a million Class 5 to Class 8 models, including cutting-edge diesel, battery electric, and fuel-cell vehicles.

Kyle Kimball, Kenworth’s director of marketing, expressed his pride in the company’s founders and their achievements. He highlighted how Kent and Worthington successfully addressed a challenging problem a century ago by creating a durable truck for Pacific Northwest loggers. This accomplishment set the foundation for Kenworth’s transportation innovations over the years and for the future. Kimball emphasized that Kenworth is committed to supporting their customers for the next 100 years and beyond.

The American Truck Historical Society had previously announced the full list of honorees for the 2023 Hall of Fame. The induction of Kenworth’s founders, Harry W. Kent and Edgar K. Worthington, is a testament to their significant contributions to the trucking industry and their lasting impact on society and the economy.

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