Western Star Trucks started in 1967. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and manufactured in Canada, the company was founded on the belief that the driver is the most valuable asset in trucking. More than a mantra, this belief became the cornerstone on which Western Star’s history of innovation and customization would be built.
It didn’t take long for word to spread. In response to the growing demand for heavy-duty mining, logging, and oil transportation trucks, the plant in Kelowna, BC, eventually grew to 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with an additional 50,000 feet of warehousing.
The 1980s saw Western Star continue to grow, thanks to its unrivaled commitment to innovation and quality. Major product developments like cabs with increased headroom and improved driver visibility helped set Western Star apart from the competition. Additionally, the development of a state-of-the-art, wrap-around dash caught the eyes of a new customer: highway tractor drivers.
At the conclusion of the 1990s, Western Star had established itself as a premier vocational and over-the-road heavy truck manufacturer, thanks in large part to revolutionary product innovations like the Star Light Sleeper with an ultra-lightweight polypropylene honeycomb core. By 2000, Western Star’s forward-thinking, driver-centric approach paid off, when Daimler Trucks North America purchased the company. In 2002, Western Star production was moved to a new, state-of-the-art plant in Portland, Oregon. This move paid off as well, this time in the shape of the popular LowMax package, offering highway drivers a low profile and tons of stainless steel accessories.
Today, Western Star remains the premier producer of custom heavy-duty trucks in the world. And though advances in technology have made manufacturing faster than ever, you’ll find that we build every truck, in the same manner, we did when we started 45 years ago: by hand. It’s this attention to detail and drivers’ needs that have made Western Star Trucks what it is today: the ultimate in comfort, power, convenience, and durability.