Western Star Teams Up With J&J Truck Bodies to Build Extreme-Duty Truck

LAS VEGAS- March 11, 2008- Western Star Trucks today announced that it is collaborating with Somerset, Pa.- based J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers to build the ultimate truck for extreme-duty mining and quarry applications. The program provides customers with a new Western Star ® 6900 XD paired with a heavy-duty dump body from J&J. Currently on display in the Western Star booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 (#S9412), this truck is built to haul loads up to 40 U.S. tons.

The 6900 XD 40-ton dump is designed to minimize cost per ton of material hauled and maximize shift productivity through efficient fuel consumption, fast cycle times and superior operator comfort.

Key specifications include 110,000 pound planetary drive axles, a Detroit Diesel Series® 60 engine with Tier 3 off-highway emission ratings, a fully automatic Allison 4500 RDS transmission, and purpose built dump box. With this configuration, the truck is a cost effective, turnkey solution for mining and quarry customers.

“Western Star is known for its rugged construction and durability, and this is the first time we”ve offered a body program that caters specifically to the extreme-duty operator,” said Chuck Whitehead, vocational segment manager for Western Star Trucks.

The 6900 XD can be up to 35 percent more fuel efficient than traditional off-road haulers when haul distances exceed one mile. The superior fuel economy, combined with stable loaded top speeds of more than 40 miles per hour in the proper application, makes this truck unmatched in cycle time efficiency.

“Our bodies are an ideal complement to Western Star vocational and extreme-duty trucks,” said Bill Riggs, president of J&J Truck Bodies. “Together, we now offer customers the ability to carry heavier payloads and conquer the toughest road terrain.”

Optional configurations include capacity dump bodies and right hand drive for export applications. The 6900 XD extreme-duty dump is currently available for order.

Visitors to the Western Star booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG also have the opportunity to enter to win one of several $250 drawings and get an up-close look at the following Western Star vocational trucks:

– 4900 SA tandem steer with 50-ton Manitex crane and Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine

4900 SA with Summit lube body with Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine

For more information, and to find a local dealer, visit www.WesternStar.comor call 866-850-STAR (7827).

J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, a division of Somerset Welding and Steel, Inc. was founded in 1958. The company specializes in building aluminum and steel dump bodies and trailers for light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and tractors. These dump body and trailer configurations are typically used in construction, road maintenance, rock and coal hauling, and demolition and excavation work. In addition, the company maufactures transfer trailers that are primarily used for hauling solid waste, mulch, wood chips and other similar materials. J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, serving clients worldwide.

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Redford, Mich., produces heavy-duty custom trucks for long-haul and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world”s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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