RAISED IN THE PIT MINES AND LOGGING CAMPS OF THE WORLD.
NOW THAT'S A REAL EDUCATION.
Spend a little time behind the wheel of a Western Star and one thing becomes crystal clear: this truck means business. After all, that's what they're bred for.
We started engineering heavy-duty trucks in 1967. Trucks that proved tough enough to take on mountainous logging operations, deep mines and sweltering oil fields. Vocations where cut corners and compromise can mean the difference between a good day and an early funeral. Goes without saying that when we started building highway trucks, we built them the same as our work trucks: by hand, one at a time, to ensure every truck is built to last and built exactly the way you need.
We get it. Time is money. So Western Stars are engineered to save you more of both. Our unrivaled handmade construction and stringent quality control are in place to keep you and your business firing on all cylinders for years to come. A Star may cost a little more today, but like all good investments, it'll pay off big tomorrow.
UNDERSTAND YOUR REPAIR OPTIONS.
MAKE SMART SERVICE DECISIONS.
Our reputation for designing, building and distributing heavy-duty trucks is well known around the world. And like any good reputation, it wasn't built overnight.
Western Star Trucks started in 1967. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and manufactured in Canada, the company was founded on the belief that the driver is the most valuable asset in trucking. More than a mantra, this belief became the cornerstone on which Western Star's history of innovation and customization would be built.
It didn't take long for word to spread. In response to the growing demand for heavy-duty mining, logging and oil transportation trucks, the plant in Kelowna, BC, eventually grew to 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with an additional 50,000 feet of warehousing.
The 1980s saw Western Star continue to grow, thanks to its unrivalled commitment to innovation and quality. Major product developments like cabs with increased headroom and improved driver visibility helped set Western Star apart from the competition. Additionally, the development of a state-of-the-art, wrap-around dash caught the eyes of a new customer: highway tractor drivers.
At the conclusion of the 1990s, Western Star had established itself as a premier vocational and over-the-road heavy truck manufacturer, thanks in large part to revolutionary product innovations like the Star Light Sleeper with an ultra-lightweight polypropylene honeycomb core. By 2000, Western Star's forward-thinking, driver-centric approach paid off, when Daimler Trucks North America purchased the company. In 2002, Western Star production was moved to a new, state-of-the-art plant in Portland, Oregon. This move paid off as well, this time in the shape of the popular LowMax package, offering highway drivers a low profile and tons of stainless steel accessories.
Today, Western Star remains the premier producer of custom heavy-duty trucks in the world. And though advances in technology have made manufacturing faster than ever, you'll find that we build every truck in the same manner we did when we started 45 years ago: by hand. It's this attention to detail and drivers' needs that have made Western Star Trucks what it is today: the ultimate in comfort, power, convenience and durability.
A WORK OF ART.
WITH THE FOCUS ON WORK.
Technology. Sure, we like it. It helps us do some amazing things, such as design the world's most innovative, tough-as-nails trucks. We're okay with that. But when it comes to making a truck faster by sacrificing quality and attention to detail? Well, that's just taking things too far.
So while other truck companies maximize profits with nothing but fancy automated robots and cookie-cutter parts, we use something a little less whiz-bang: our hands. Same way we've been using them for 44 years now. No shortcuts. No compromises. No bull. You know, the right way.
Does it take longer? Yep. Because quality takes time. And when you drive a Western Star, that's what you get. Quality. Not to mention a truck that's built exactly to your specifications. You read that right. We don't build a truck until you tell us how you want it. After all, we're not out to build the perfect truck. We're here to build the perfect truck for your job whether it's extreme duty or premium highway.
Enough talk. There's work to be done.
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