Jun 11, 2011 - 8 years ago
By Supply Post
Kenworth Truck Company recently pulled out the red carpet treatment for a very special retired couple.
Red and Beverly Bingham of Edmonds, Wash., were honoured for their donation of more than 3,000 shares of PACCAR stock worth approximately $148,000 to the Northwest Lions Foundation. The Binghams, who first purchased PACCAR stock 62 years ago, made their generous donation to the foundation with the stipulation that the proceeds from the sale of the stock be used to purchase a new Kenworth T660 to transport a new health screening unit.
The Kenworth T660 – equipped with a 380-hp PACCAR MX engine, 38-inch AeroCab® sleeper, and 10-speed automatic Eaton UltraShift® transmission – is expected to transport the health screening unit about 25,000 miles annually to dozens of schools in Washington state and northern Idaho to help conduct sight and hearing tests on approximately 28,000 children. State laws require primary schools to conduct annual hearing and sight tests for elementary school-age children in an effort to identify possible barriers to their education.
During the special ceremony held at the Kenworth manufacturing plant in Renton, Wash., the Binghams received a special plaque presented by Bill Kozek, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. The plaque reads: “To Red and Beverly Bingham – In recognition of your very generous gift that will help ensure children throughout the Northwest receive the medical care they need.” The Binghams also received his and her Kenworth watches, Kenworth caps, and a Kenworth T660 scale model tractor and trailer.
In attendance during the ceremony were Kenworth dealers and customers in town for a “Kenworth: The Right Choice” event, and the couple’s daughter, Faye Morley, and son, Bert Bingham. Following the ceremony, the Bingham family enjoyed a one-hour tour of the Renton plant, then joined Kenworth’s Kozek and Kenworth Northwest’s Ross Rader (the salesman who handled the T660 sale) for lunch in the plant along with the visiting dealers and customers.
“We had a fantastic day at the Renton plant and we surely enjoyed ourselves. It’s been a long time since we were treated as such royalty and cared for in such a way. Thank you to Kenworth for the memorable day, gifts and lunch,” said Red Bingham.