The plant, which is expected to start producing Class 8 trucks about a year after construction begins, will increase Western Star’s truck assembly capacity. Strong truck demand has left the company with a back order for more than 6,600 of its highly customized trucks. Western Star’s Kelowna, British Columbia, facility recently increased production to 29 trucks a day, and the company is looking into ways to increase production even further.
Recent Class 8 trade volumes have been lower than predicted, which means pricing has been more stable than expected for used trucks, according to J.D. Power & Associates.