Kenworth Truck Company - Painted Parts Storage System

Location: Chillicothe, Ohio  

Electrical Contractor: Hatzel & Buehler

  • Upgrades and modifications to existing structure, integration with expanded structure

  • 90,000 square feet

  • 10 Month Schedule 


Hatzel & Buehler was the contractor of choice to perform the electrical installation of Phase One and Phase Two of the Painted Parts Storage System Project which started in August 2015 and completed on schedule in June 2016.  Phase One scope consisted of modifications to the existing electrical utilities throughout the entire footprint of the Kenworth Plant Expansion. This required reworking all electrical on and around existing structural columns to allow for new structure steel reinforcements to be lifted and set by crane thru the roof. 


In Phase Two Hatzel & Buehler performed all electrical and communication installations inside the new 2nd level building. The 2nd level portion of this project increased the height of the building from 30’ to 75’. 


Both phases had important challenges, however, Phase One presented the most challenge. Hatzel & Buehler had to ensure that all scheduled work was completed by 5:00am each Monday morning so that plant production lines could re-start and stay on pace to build 140 trucks per day. All electrical work had to be performed between the hours of 1:00am Friday to 5:00am Monday. In addition the plant paint shop needed to stay operational six to seven days per week.


To keep the project on schedule Hatzel and Buehler provided significant up-front planning and exceptional coordination between the general contractor, Rudolph Libbe, Speer Mechanical and our customer, Kenworth Truck Company. This high level of communication resulted in a smooth running project with minimal production disruptions.