Sterling Truck Corporation and Western Star Trucks Inc. Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Long Term Standing Offers By the Government of Canada

The procurement agency of the Canadian Government has issued Long Term Standing Offers for the supply of trucks, truck bodies and equipment to Sterling Truck Corporation and Western Star Trucks Inc.

The standing offers from Public Works and Government Services Canada cover the supply of heavy-duty (Class 8) trucks and equipment to all federal agencies of the Government of Canada. That includes the Departments of National Defence, Parks, Fisheries and Corrections and other agencies.

The supply contract was competitively bid and covers the specifications of many heavy truck requirements for the next five years, with potential annual vehicle procurements anticipated to reach C$10 million or higher. The trucks will be built at either the Sterling plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, or the Western Star plant in Kelowna, British Columbia. Bodies and equipment will be provided by various Canadian suppliers. These standing offers are expected to have a significant positive employment impact in Canada.

Both Sterling and Western Star have a proud history of supplying trucks to the Government of Canada for government and military applications. The trucks for these long term offers will range from general purpose 4x2 vehicles with flat decks and van bodies to specialized 6x6 all-wheel-drives capable of accepting custom application, purpose-built bodies. Requirements of the standing offers also include provisions for support items such as spare parts, operator training and country-wide service and maintenance.

"Sterling and Western Star are known for building 'The Toughest Trucks in North America,' and are pleased to have been selected as suppliers of choice by the Government of Canada," said Rick Engel, Director of Government Vehicle Sales for Freightliner LLC, parent company of Sterling and Western Star. "Over the five-year life of these offers, the Government of Canada will have the opportunity to modernize its heavy-duty vehicles to potentially create the most reliable, fuel- efficient, and technologically-advanced government fleet in the world."

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