FORT MILL, S.C. – J.R. Cady is well-versed on what it takes to be successful in the heavy-haul vocational market. Born into the 47-year-old recovery specialist business at Ten West Towing, Inc., Cady – now vice president of the company – manages the day-to-day activities of this specialty recovery fleet.
“When I was growing up, there was no doubt I was going to be involved in the family business,” said Cady. “Heavy hauling is my passion – it’s what I know – and I’m happy to be a part of the second generation now running the company.”
Cady manages 10 drivers and an on-highway fleet of six heavy wreckers and two tractor and equipment trailers. Specializing in heavy-duty towing across the California valley, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, the Bakersfield, Calif.-based Ten West fleet handles everything from the recovery of disabled tractor/trailers, railway derailment and heavy equipment, to the transportation of heavy machinery.
“There isn’t a heavy-duty vehicle or piece of equipment that we can’t recover from an accident or break-down,” said Cady. “We have a truck for any type of situation you might come across – from the bad to the really ugly.”
And Cady recognizes that his trucks are crucial to the sustainability and growth of his business. Part of the company’s most recent success is the addition of its star truck – a custom built 2009 Western Star® 4900 EX, to be exact.
At 80,000 pounds of pure strength, this massive rotary-boom wrecker recovery vehicle features a triple frame, 515 hp 14-liter Detroit Diesel® Series 60® engine, 18-speed transmission, dual 20,000-pound lift axles and 46,000-pound tandem rear axles. And its B&B rotator – the biggest on any Western Star in the United States – can be brought into any accident and positioned to handle any type of recovery that crosses its path.
“Since taking part ownership in the company with my family, together we’ve brought some new equipment to the fleet that has made all the difference in the capacity of our business,” said Cady. “And Western Star has been a major factor in that change due to its rugged durability and customization options.”
Not only is this truck built to handle the toughest jobs, the ride is just as smooth. Cady, who is 6-feet 10-inches tall, can comfortably sit in the driver’s seat with room to spare. Cady also notes that despite the long wheel base and size of this truck, maneuverability is top-notch, which helps with turning tight corners.
And the exterior of Cady’s 4900 EX is just as impressive as its specs. Featuring a vibrant burnt orange paint color, this truck has all of the bells and whistles, including dropped visors, custom chrome package, leather seats and steering, and a top-of-the-line stereo system.
“This 4900 EX is the flagship truck of our company, and it’s been one of the most rugged and well-built trucks I’ve owned,” said Cady. “It’s so special that no one drives this truck but me.”
In addition to the 4900 EX rotary-boom wrecker, Cady also owns a 2005 Western Star 4900 EX tow, which features an 82-inch Stratosphere® sleeper, 515 hp Series 60 14-liter engine and 13-speed transmission. And in 2008 he added yet another 4900 EX tow truck, featuring a 40-inch sleeper flat top, 475 hp Caterpillar and Zack Tow unit.
Also part of the Ten West fleet are two Western Star 4900 EX on-highway tractors for heavy equipment transportation, which feature the 76-inch Starlite Sleeper® units and 35-ton sliding axle trailers.
“Since we first purchased a Western Star truck, we’ve never looked back,” said Cady. “Not only are these custom built for the vocational market, they are leaps and bounds above everyone else. Western Star truck owners are like one big family, and the family at Ten West Towing is happy to be a part of that heritage.”
For more information, and to find a local dealer, visit www.WesternStar.com or call 866-850-STAR (7827).
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., 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 4-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.