Paccar is one of the world's leading manufacturers of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks. Paccar partners with various other brands — including Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF — to bring its trucks to market, selling each truck under the brand of the partnership.
Paccar was formed in 1905, under the name Seattle Car Manufacturing Company with one goal in mind: to produce high-quality railway and logging equipment for the Seattle area. Over the years, after multiple name-changes and buyouts, the company was able to expand production well beyond where it started, eventually breaking into the heavy-duty trucking market in 1945. Only 15 years later, Paccar was producing heavy-duty trucks and trucking equipment on an international scale, an achievement that paved the path for the company to travel down for decades to come.
Paccar still relies on many of the traditional practices that helped it rise to fame, incorporating tried-and-true techniques into many of its designs, a fact that is easily observed when looking at the company's product catalogue. Paccar has gone on to earn countless awards from its partner brands, independent quality assessors, and so on.
But trucking isn't all that Paccar is known for. The company has also been lauded for its commitments to engineering a cleaner environment and for offering more than $200 million in grants for education, the arts, and social services. Through these commitment to environmental and social causes, the company still remains one of the industry go-tos for truckers, repairpeople, and technicians the world over.