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Detroit-powered Western Stars anchor Rost RM, JP Transport fleets
Since experiencing the Western Star 4700 at the 2014 Mid America Trucking
Show, Rost Ready-Mix owner and JP Transport co-owner Darin Cleir has
taken delivery of 15 trucks. Rost combines ready mixed production and
delivery, plus concrete pumping; JP Transport hauls cement and fly ash in
a 10-state area. Both companies are based in Marshfield, near Springfield,
Mo., home to Western Star dealer Jenkins Diesel.
Rost has three Western Star 4700s, one 4800 and a 5700, while JP Trans-
port has 10 4700s and one 5700. The Rost trucks are upfitted in several
configurations, including concrete mixers, pumpers and end dumps. The
4700s and 4800 are spec'd with Detroit DD13 engines, the 5700 a DD15. The
engines offer a nice mix of power and efficiency, notes Cleir, and average
6.5 mpg in the road tractors.
While most of the miles are logged on the road, the JP trucks sometimes
deliver cement to oilfields for drilling platforms. Drivers find the Western
Star models equal to the rugged conditions for oil well cement deliveries.
— Western Star Truck Sales, Inc., Portland, Ore., www.WesternStarTrucks.com