An agreement signed by Western Star President Robert Enright and OOIDA President Jim Johnston on Dec. 10 is the first alliance between OOIDA and an OEM that gives small business owner-operators the kind of truck pricing previously available only to large fleets.
Under the new program, owner-operators will save thousands of dollars on a specially spec'ed Western Star Constellation 4964EX. The truck has a 260-inch wheelbase (132 inches bumper to back of cab), and is equipped with a 475-horsepower Caterpillar C-15 engine, Eaton Fuller 13-speed transmission, 370 rears, Jake brake, tilt/cruise, 150-gallon polished aluminum fuel tanks, aluminum wheels, "Mesa" upholstery package, Bostrom "Talledega" seats, and many other features preferred by owner-operators.
"This specially equipped OOIDA Western Star weighs in at less than 17,400 pounds, making it more than just competitive. It confirms that Western Star is the preferred owner-operator truck in North America today," said Enright.
OOIDA members can also custom spec a new Western Star or take delivery from available corporate stock and still save money under the new program.