published Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Under Construction: New MHC Kenworth truck dealership to open in summer 2014

Dillard Construction Co. crews work to build a new Kenworth dealership on Old Lee Highway.
Dillard Construction Co. crews work to build a new Kenworth dealership on Old Lee Highway.
Photo by John Rawlston.

Project: MHC Kenworth dealership.

Owners: Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC Kenworth).

Location: Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga.

Contractor: Dillard Construction, Inc.

Scope: MHC Kenworth, which specializes in heavy- and medium-duty commercial trucks, is relocating from its current facility on E. 29th Street to a location just past the intersection of Bonny Oaks Drive and Old Lee Highway. This 63,000-square-foot facility will include everything MHC has to offer, from a dealership for the company’s used and new trucks to a body and repair shop with 18 service bays and eight body shop bays. About 100 people will work at the site, which will feature top-of-the-line equipment including a downdraft paint booth and motion-controlled lights. The building will capitalize on natural light with translucent overhead bay doors.

Timeline: Opens summer 2014.

History: MHC Kenworth-Chattanooga is part of the MHC Network, which includes 55 locations across 11 states.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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