Daimler to ramp up production of Western Star brand trucks in North America

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 23, 2011

Production of Western Star heavy-duty trucks at Daimler Trucks North America’s plant in Portland, Oregon, will be increased. A second shift will be added, creating about 350 jobs at plant by the end of next year. Of this figure, around 330 will be composed of shop employees. As a result of this hiring, the number of workers for the production of Western Star trucks will increase by nearly 50%.

Daimler will begin hiring the new employees this November. By February 2012, this new shift will be at full capacity. Last July, DTNA revealed that it will expand the number of workers at its U.S. and Mexico truck production plants by about 2,700 workers.

With the new jobs slated for Western Star, its total workforce will be even bigger. The steep increase in the sales of DTNA’s commercial vehicles had led to the boost in production capacity. Last August, the U.S. subsidiary of Daimler Trucks posted record sales, its highest since March 2007.

Through August 2011, DTNA sales in the U.S. and Canada increased by over 50%, compared to the same period in 2010. The number of orders being made is also increasing. The main uses of Western Star trucks are related to specialized applications like logging, mining, and oil production. Presently, the brand has around 750 workers that primarily build vehicles for markets in North and South America, Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Western Star is a North American manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks for long-distance haulage and special-purpose, with a primary focus on reliability and performance, as well as the driver. Heavy-duty trucks produced by Western Star are known for their stunning exteriors and off-road capability, gaining them the reputation as "serious trucks for serious truckers."

The company’s trucks are custom-built to cater to the needs of its customers. In fact, customers could select from a wide range of powertrain options as well as from numerous sector-specific configuration choices like bumpers and cab rear walls. As reliable powerhouses, the trucks made by Star Trucks are built to carry even very heavy loads. Moreover, they could be built to provide utmost comfort for its occupants.

For instance, Western Star offers a range of sleeping cab variants, which are a hit among long-distance drivers. Western Star has been known to offer high-quality components and parts as well as special equipment and appointments customized according to the needs of its clients.

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