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Western Star production begins in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Western Star Trucks officially began production in Portland Oct. 22, with a ceremony attended by...


PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Star Trucks officially began production in Portland Oct. 22, with a ceremony attended by local politicians, customers and dealers.

The first Western Star truck to roll off the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant assembly line was handed over to its new owner Ryan Lucas of Mackenzie, B.C.

"We are very pleased to announce a successful start of Western Star truck production at the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant," says Rainer Schmueckle, president and chief executive officer of Freightliner LLC. "In our new manufacturing and operations location, we are committed to maintaining Western Star’s quality and unique character while fulfilling the promise of this great heavy-duty truck brand."

Just over a year ago, Freighliner LLC announced it would be moving Western Star production from Kelowna, B.C. to its Portland facility. About $16-million in upgrades have been made to the plant to accommodate the Western Star brand.


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