MHC Kenworth Opens in Oklahoma City

June 3, 2011
MHC Kenworth-Oklahoma City recently opened as MHC Kenworth’s newest and most environmentally friendly dealership among its 41 Kenworth locations

MHC Kenworth-Oklahoma City recently opened as MHC Kenworth’s newest and most environmentally friendly dealership among its 41 Kenworth locations.

The grand opening drew 500 people and featured a trade fair with 18 vendors and a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by MHC Kenworth executives Tim Murphy, Mike Murphy, Ken Hoffman, Dave Douglas, Mike Bozzoli and Jeff Johnson.

Representing Kenworth Truck Company were Bill Kozek, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president; and Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager of marketing and sales. Andy Douglas, Kenworth national sales manager for specialty markets, made a special presentation on compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas-powered Kenworth trucks and provided an update on efforts in Congress to pass national legislation encouraging the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

“We’re pleased so many of our customers joined us in celebrating the opening of our new facility,” said Tim Murphy, MHC Kenworth president. “We were proud to show them the green technology that will reduce our carbon footprint. For more than two decades, we’ve had a strong presence in the Oklahoma City area.”

A member of Kenworth’s dealer network of 305 locations in the United States and Canada, the multi-million dollar MHC Kenworth–Oklahoma City features energy-saving green technology in a nearly 100,000-square-foot facility located on 15 acres adjacent to U.S. Interstate 40. The new location offers a service shop with 26 service bays and a body shop with 18 bays. The parts department features nearly 4,400 square feet of parts display space and 31,000 square feet devoted to a parts warehouse to help keep its service department and customers well-supplied with parts when needed.

The building uses a state-of-the-art geothermal system that keeps the ambient air temperature more consistent, reducing the amount of fuel and electricity needed to heat and cool the building. The building also features a heating system that burns recycled engine oil, motion-controlled lights that turn off and on in response to available natural light and translucent hollow-core overhead doors in the body and service departments allowing natural light to illuminate those areas without affecting air temperature.

The facility was designed with a service department that maximizes functionality and productivity by making the work area more efficient for service technicians, Douglas said. The parts department is located in close proximity to the service department so shop technicians can more easily access the parts they need, particularly high-usage parts.

“For our customers, that means their trucks spend less time in our shop and more time out on the road, making money,” he added.

MHC Kenworth–Oklahoma City is located at 7200 West I-40 Service Road, one mile west of its previous location, with easy access off of U.S. Interstate 40, a major east and west truck route through the Midwest. Because of its proximity to I-40, it is open 24 hours, seven days a week. The phone number is 888-823-3768 (toll free), or 405-717-4500.