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Western Star officially opens new U.S. plant

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Western Star Trucks officially opened its first U.S. plant in late March, launching a new life for the 285,000-square-foot facility that started production in November 1999."B...


MORE TO GROW: Western Star operations will expand in Kelowna, B.C.
MORE TO GROW: Western Star operations will expand in Kelowna, B.C.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Western Star Trucks officially opened its first U.S. plant in late March, launching a new life for the 285,000-square-foot facility that started production in November 1999.

“By establishing this plant in North Charleston, we are not only bringing ourselves closer to our customers, but we are reaffirming Western Star Trucks’ corporate presence across the continent,” said Western Star chairman Terry Peabody. Within a year, the site is expected to employ 200 people.

That’s not to say that the company has forgotten about its facility in Kelowna, B.C. Western Star plans to replace the existing 230,000-square-foot facility with a new factory in mid-2001, boosting its Canadian production capacity to 80 Class 8 trucks per day.

In the short term, however, Western Star has felt the industry-wide slump in truck sales. Its Okanagan Valley plant shut down for two weeks in early April. .n


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