MSMS Connects

MSMS CONNECTS is the official monthly newsletter of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. MSMS is Mississippi's only public, residential high school focused on STEM education and specifically designed to meet the needs of the state's most academically gifted and talented students.

PACCAR: MSMS Industry Partner


One of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science industry partners is PACCAR. PACCAR is a global technology company that designs and manufactures premium quality light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles sold worldwide under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR designs and manufactures diesel engines and powertrain components for use in its own products, and it also distributes aftermarket truck parts to its dealers through a worldwide network of parts distribution centers. It’s finance and leasing subsidiaries facilitate the sale of PACCAR products in many countries

During the school year, PACCAR supports the Engineering Club, assists with the MSMS Robotics team and provides summer camp scholarships for the middle school and high school campers. “The education that MSMS is providing to future employees for the Golden-Triangle makes us all successful,” said Mike Arzamendi, communication and training manager at PACCAR.

The state-of-the-art Columbus Engine Plant began producing PACCAR advanced diesel engines in 2010 and in 2019 delivered its 200,000 MX engine. Located on a 400-acre site in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park, the 450,000-square-foot factory employs more than 600 people and produces 160 engines each day of operation. The plant has been a zero-waste-to-landfill facility since it was opened, and nearly 90 percent of material arrives at the plant in returnable containers.

PACCAR is also a sponsor for the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools Student Research conference hosted by MSMS in June. Participants will get a chance to visit the facilities to learn more about PACCAR. Arzamendi added, “Well-rounded and knowledgeable employees are critical to the engine plant’s success.  Lifelong learning continues to be one of our many core beliefs that we support in communities like Columbus.” In 2019, PACCAR is celebrating 115 years of success in all its endeavors.

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