MHC RoadReady Center Announces Expansion, New Jobs in Ross County

Aug 19, 2022News, Newsletter

Chillicothe, Ohio:  –– Murphy Hoffman Company (MHC), also known as Chillicothe Kenworth, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), and Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development today announced an investment of over $1.4 million in Ross County, creating 119 new jobs. The expansion is being supported by a tax credit from the Ohio Department of Development and a $250,000 JobsOhio Grant.

“Chillicothe Kenworth is a long-time employer for Southeast Ohioans that have supplied the trucking industry for decades,” said J.P Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “The company’s commitment to creating 119 new, high-paying manufacturing jobs and its continued growth in the state is a testament to Chillicothe Kenworth’s confidence in Ohio’s talent.”

MHC manufactures post-production components for heavy-duty trucks and is an expansion of the original company, Ozark Kenworth, Inc., which started in Springfield, MO in 1975. MHC is a multi-state network of Kenworth dealers providing more than 50,000 customers with a full range of truck-related services.

This investment will allow the company to significantly build out its manufacturing operations by expanding its dump bed manufacturing capabilities paving the way for future growth opportunities.

”Murphy Hoffman Company’s expansion in its Chillicothe Kenworth facility to customize Kenworth trucks with dump beds will create some fantastic jobs in Chillicothe and Ross County,” said OhioSE President Mike Jacoby. “OhioSE is pleased to support this project, and we appreciate the company’s investment in our region and our workforce.”

“We are proud that MHC Road Ready Center is a Ross County employer,” stated Tammy Eallonardo, Director of Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development. “Their management practices have made them an ‘employer of choice’ in our region and we are pleased to support their additional investment in our community.”

Contact: Tammy Eallonardo, GCRCD Director: 740-703-0348 and; Matt Englehart, JobsOhio Communications Manager: 614.300.1152 and; or Sarah Arnold, OhioSE Director of Communication & Marketing: 740.525.5510 and

Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC) built its business on the belief that customer loyalty is only as strong as customer service. This focus has helped MHC become a multi-state network of Kenworth dealers providing more than 50,000 customers with a full range of truck-related services. Currently, MHC operates across 19 states with over 125 locations including dealerships, full-service transport refrigeration locations, full-service leasing and rental operations, and a finance company that offers a complete array of financial services.

Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development is a public/private partnership, created for the purpose of advancing, encouraging, and promoting the industrial, economic, commercial, and civic development of Ross County.  To learn more, visit us at

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