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A Tribute to a Logger's Vision

In the 1930s, a Tacoma, Washington, lumber company owner wanted a more efficient way to move harvested timber to his lumber mill. T. A. Peterman began by converting army surplus vehicles to serve his needs. In 1938, he purchased the assets of Fageol Motors, a struggling truck chassis manufacturer in Oakland, California, that went into receivership as the Great Depression gripped the nation. Soon thereafter, the Peterbilt 334s began to roll off the assembly line.

Peterbilt is Sold

After Peterman passed away in 1944, his wife sold the company to a group of seven employees. The new owners quickly established Peterbilt as a major player in truck manufacturing. In 1958, the company was sold to Pacific Car and Foundry, a rail freight car manufacturer.  The company previously purchased Kenworth in 1944. In 1960, Peterbilt moved its operations into a new 176,000 sq-ft facility in Newark, California. In 1971, Pacific Car and Foundry became Paccar.

Over the years, many Peterbilt models featured the signature long-nose styling, including the Peterbilt 379. The 379 was the company’s flagship model for the two decades from 1987 to 2007.

Today, Paccar's two truck brands, Peterbilt and Kenworth, account for a significant number of the Class 8 trucks sold in the United States and Canada. A 28.5 percent market share in 2016 surpassed the 2015 figure by 1.1 percent.

Based in Texas

Peterbilt's corporate headquarters are in Denton, Texas. The company maintains manufacturing facilities in Denton, Texas, and Sainte-Therese, Quebec.

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