SUZANNE FEATHERSTON
July 20, 2017
Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO – Kenworth Sales Co. plans to more that quadruple its Elko shop and warehouse space, and create  new jobs after constructing a facility on Ruby Vista Drive.  The company plans to break ground on an 18,000-square-foot store July 25.  “This new store will allow us to better facilitate the needs of our customer base in the Elko area,” District Manager Mike McKay said. “We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers and look forward to enhancing customer experience with this new, state-of-the-art location.”
The facility will house eight service bays, employ 16-20 employees, create about six jobs and increase warehouse space to 6,000 square feet, McKay said he anticipates annual revenues from service and parts to total more than $4.5 million.
“We outgrew our existing facility,” McKay said, explaining the company owns the Ruby Drive property and has been planning to move operations there.
The existing building, which the company leases on Idaho Street, is about 4,000 square feet, has three truck bays and an approximately 1,200-square-foot warehouse.  “Compared to what we currently have,” McKay said, “it will be a mechanic’s dream.”
Plans also include convenience for truck drivers and a drivers’ lounge with internet access.  The new facility could also allow the company to have a truck salesman on hand more often and display trucks onsite.
Utah-based Hughes General Contractors is heading up the project with the help of local subcontractors.  McKay said he hopes to move into the facility by mid-May 2018.
It is important to us to use local businesses in this project,” said Kyle Treadway, president of Kenworth Sales Co. “We want to support and work with our neighbors in an effort to be good contributors to the community today and moving forward.”  The company was founded in 1945 by the Treadway family in Utah and has operated a branch in Elko since 2008.  Now with 800 employees across 21 locations in seven states, Kenworth assists with the buying, leasing, renting, financing, servicing, maintaining, licensing, and other aspects of operating a truck.
The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony at 11 am July 25 at 4224 Ruby Vista Drive.

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