Western Star ready for move from Kelowna (August 01, 2002)

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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Freightliner LLC is making a $16 million investment to prepare the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant for Western Star heavy-duty truck production.

In addition, Western Star engineering, manufacturing, customer support and other technical staff are relocating to Portland. The investments in facilities and personnel are intended to ensure a successful changeover of operations and to preserve the unique character of the Western Star brand.

Portland production of Western Star trucks begins in October 2002.

“Western Star is renowned for delivering distinctive, high quality trucks and providing superb customer support,” says Rainer Schmueckle, president and chief executive officer of Freightliner LLC (corporate parent to Western Star).

“During and after these operational changes, we are committed to maintaining the quality, unique character and prestige of the Western Star brand.”

The Portland truck manufacturing plant is undergoing major renovations to prepare for Western Star production. The company is building dedicated cab, chassis and sleeper lines for the Western Star product as well as an E-coat system.

Western Star is conducting a rigorous training program for Portland employees that includes the development of thousands of task instructions and training courses.

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