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Peterbilt Motors founded in 1939, is an American of medium- and heavy-duty Class 5 Class 8 trucks headquartered in Texas. Peterbilt operates facilities in Denton, Texas and Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec. From the 1960s until the mid-1980s, the was based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. with its headquarters, and plant all in Newark, California. The plant closed in 1986 and manufacturing at its facilities in Denton, TX and TN. In 1993 headquarters and engineering moved to Denton. The Nashville was closed in 2009.

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In the early of the 20th century, Tacoma, plywood manufacturer and lumber T.A. Peterman was faced a lumber logistics problem. He not get logs from the forest to his mill quickly or efficiently. He to improve upon the methods of the floating logs down or the use of steam tractors and horse Peterman knew that if he develop the then-nascent automobile and build trucks, he could his problem.

Peterman was rebuilding surplus trucks, improving the technology each successive vehicle. he put a battery on the starter (instead of the and soon purchased the assets of Motors of Oakland, California in to supplement his need for a custom logging truck chassis. had gone into receivership in By 1938, the Great Depression had the value of the assets to nearly Peterman acquired the defunct manufacturer and although he produced two logging trucks, they unsuccessful. In 1939 he began his trucks to the public. T. A. Peterman in 1944. His wife, Ida, the company (less the land) to individuals within the organization. expanded it into a major of heavy-duty trucks. In 1958, Ida announced plans to sell the to develop a shopping center. The not wanting to invest in a new manufacturing sold the company to Pacific Car Co.

then primarily a manufacturer of freight cars. which was to expand its truck manufacturing Pacific Car Foundry Co, which had the assets of Kenworth in 1944, was a competitor in the heavy truck In June, 1958, they Peterbilt Motors as a wholly subsidiary. One year later, Car started construction of a modern (16,400 m 2 ) manufacturing facility in Calif. In August, 1960 moved to the new facility and became a of the parent firm. Pacific Car and Co. changed its name officially to
Inc. in 1971.

A second manufacturing facility was in Madison, Tennessee and started in July, 1969. A third facility in Denton, Texas production in August, 1980. It the only location to build the new 362 COE model. In 1986, Peterbilt the Newark plant, but left its engineering, marketing and sales there. In 1993 Peterbilt Newark completely, moving its and engineering operations to Denton as [ 1 ] The Nashville plant was closed in

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