PaccarParts_Renton PDCPaccar Parts, the division of truckmaker Paccar that distributes aftersales parts to Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF truck dealerships around the world, has opened a $32m parts distribution centre (PDC) in Renton, Washington. The 15,000 sq.m facility, which doubles the size of its previously facility, is supplying 76 prime dealers in the north-western US and western Canada. This will grow to 90 in the coming months said the company because of increased distribution capacity.

The facility will be able to store more than 39,000 different parts, an increase of 125% on the previous PDC, and includes stock-picking equipment with built-in weighing scales, along with a custom parcel conveyor. It will also feature a 1,400 sq.m mezzanine.

According to Paccar Parts, the Renton PDC represents a new standard for company’s distribution centres by incorporating “strategic design, innovative technology and sustainability”.

“We designed every aspect of the PDC to create a logical efficient work flow,” said Laura Bloch, Paccar Parts assistant general manager - operations. “From the ‘pick path’ to the unique stocking fixtures, efficiency and accuracy measures have been taken at every point to streamline customer orders and ensure quick turnaround times.”

Paccar Parts is working with a number of local transport providers for distribution to the dealers. In the US they are: USF Reddaway, Peninsula, Key Trucking, ABF, Lynden Logistics and Carlile. In Canada they are: Van-Kam Freightways, Kindersley Transport, Canadian Freightways and Day & Ross.