Concrete Products

MAR 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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52 • March 2017 FEATURE SHOW REPORT 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., Booth B9300

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