Kenneth W. Self (Kenneth W. Self)

Kenneth W. Self

Business Magnate. A mechanic by trade, Kenneth Self started working in the maintenance shop of Consolidated Freightway’s Corporation in 1940. By 1947 CE founder Leland James promoted Ken Self to production manager in the Portland office. Design changes that Ken Self directed included the first 90 degree tilting cab, the first double trailer truck. A model of one of his designs, the first transcontinental, cab-over-engine tractor-trailer, is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Kenneth Self became president of Freightliner in 1959, and led that company to grow into one of the world’s leading truck manufacturers. While president, he helped establish Consolidated Metco, an aluminum foundry still operating. ¬†When he retired in 1979, he was the CEO and chairmen of the board. (bio by: Oregonian)


  • January, 16, 1916
  • USA


  • March, 03, 2003
  • USA


  • Rose City Cemetery
  • Oregon
  • USA

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