Western Star to ramp up production in Charleston, S.C.

KELOWNA, B.C. (Nov. 1, 1999) — Western Star Trucks could begin production of class-8 highways tractors at its new assembly plant in Charleston, S.C., as soon as Nov. 22, NewsFIRST has learned.

A company official said the $32 million US plant, under construction since late last year, will build up to eight heavy-duty trucks per day through June 2000, when production is expected to grow to 20 units per day. At full capacity, the plant is capable of building 40 trucks per day.

Currently, Western StarÕs daily output is 30 at its lone plant, in Kelowna, B.C. That facility will be replaced in 2001 with a new production complex able to build 40 heavy-duty trucks and another 40 class 3 trucks per day.

Meantime, Western Star said it has signed a 10-year exclusive distribution agreement with a Mexican truck maker to supply class-7 medium-duty trucks. Corsorcio G Gupo Dina will build the trucks to Western StarÕs specifications; they will be badged as Western Stars for distribution in the North American and Australian markets.

The vehicle will be targeted at intra-city transport markets such as tow, crane, flat deck, van and dump truck vocations.

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