First Kenworth ICON 900 Goes To Keim TS
Company Also Buys Driver Reward ICON 900
The first Kenworth ICON 900 Limited Edition was recently delivered to long-time Kenworth customer Keim TS.
Stan Keim, president and owner of Keim TS, is shown with the first Kenworth ICON 900 delivered to a Kenworth customer.
“We’re celebrating our 60th anniversary this year,” said Stan Keim, president and owner of Keim TS, which hauls more than 50,000 flatbed and dry van cargo loads per year throughout the lower 48 states. “When I saw the ICON 900, I thought it would be a great way to celebrate who we are and how Kenworth trucks and MHC Kenworth, our dealer, have helped get Keim TS to where we are today.”
Stan Keim is shown by the Kenworth ICON 900 (at left) purchased by Keim TS as a driver reward truck, and the first Kenworth first ICON 900 (at right) recently delivered to the company.
Stan Keim’s parents, Glen and DeAnn Keim, started Keim in 1955, and Stan purchased the company in 1997. Today, the fleet operates 210 Kenworths in its 220-truck fleet and operates terminals in Fort Dodge, Iowa; Jasper, Tenn.; Medicine Lodge, Kan.; and Braymer, Mo.
Keim said he plans to keep his new Kenworth ICON 900 at Keim headquarters in Sabetha, Kan., as part of the company’s driver recruitment and retention efforts. “I also plan to take the ICON 900 to area truck shows and use it as a participant in local town parades. Everybody wants to see big trucks, especially Kenworths,” said Keim.
Keim TS also purchased an additional ICON 900 through MHC Kenworth – Kansas City and is using it as a driver reward truck. Myron Wiebe, a Keim TS driver for 21 years, was chosen to be the driver of that Kenworth ICON 900. “It really surprised me. It’s quite an honor that they bought a second ICON 900 and selected me to drive it. I feel really blessed about it,” Wiebe said.
Myron Wiebe stands by the new Kenworth ICON 900 driver reward truck that he was chosen to operate by Keim TS. Wiebe has served as a Keim TS driver for 21 years.
Wiebe drives 150,000 miles a year and estimated he’s driven over 3 million miles for Keim TS and has traveled to all the 48 lower states. Today, his routes take him mainly through the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas, with an occasional trip to Ohio, Wiebe said.
“It’s a pleasure to recognize Myron by giving him a new Kenworth ICON 900 as his ride,” said Keim. “Myron is a model driver and a humble man who does his job well every day. He takes very good care of his truck and keeps it spotless inside and outside. He’s also very diligent about working to achieve excellent fuel efficiency for each Kenworth truck that he’s driven for us. Myron will be a great ambassador for Keim TS as he talks with other drivers about our company and the ICON 900.”
From left are Sam Keim, vice president of sales and logistics; Myron Wiebe, driver of the Kenworth ICON 900 reward truck; Stan Keim, president and owner; and Bud Keim, director of operations.
Keim TS is very active in its community. About 10 years ago, Stan Keim donated land on top of the hill overlooking the company’s headquarters and – with community support – helped build a superb American Legion baseball field that hosts 40 to 50 games a year, including major tournaments. “It’s a very fan-friendly field, a place to come out and relax and be on top of the action,” said Keim. “I remember we had tremendous community support building the field. We were laying sod the night of high school graduation. We had so many people come back right after the ceremonies ended. They were on their hands and knees helping us roll sod for the entire field.” No place like small town America.
From left are Stan Keim and his sons Bud Keim, director of operations, and Sam Keim, vice president of sales and logistics; for Keim TS.
About the Kenworth ICON 900
The Kenworth ICON 900 offers 72- or 86-inch sleepers and up to a 600-hp engine. The ICON 900 features a unique chrome hood badge, may be ordered in any color, and is standard with many chrome and stainless steel accessories. The stunning exterior includes such distinguishing features as stainless steel fender guards, upgraded headlights, headlamp covers, under-door panels and sleeper panels, grille closeout panel, and a large sun visor. These are just some of the items that create a stunning exterior package.
LED lights mounted under the cab and sleeper panels, and to the front and rear of the stainless air cleaners make the truck visually spectacular when running at night. Amber LED side turn indicators and 4-inch sealed LED stop, turn and taillights emit a unique glow for a special ambiance.
The interior features a custom dash plate showing the production number for this limited truck. Also included are high back leather seats with special ICON 900 embroidering to signify the limited edition, the sofa bed is upgraded to leather to match the seats, and the dash surrounds and door pads are chrome.
Contact your Kenworth dealer for more information, and for color and other options.
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