Semis Manufactured In America
We live in an interconnected world, and there is a truly massive amount of trade that goes on between nations. We are accustomed to seeing many of the products we use every day made in China, Mexico, or other countries, but when it comes to semi trucks, there are many die-hard drivers who have trucks made in the United States.
You might be surprised to know that many of the most recognizable brands of semi trucks in North America are manufactured somewhere in the USA. Almost all of the thousands of trucks crossing the continent at any moment originated somewhere within it. Here are some of the most common American semi trucks.
Freightliner & Western Star – owned by Daimler Trucks North America
Founded in 1929, Freightliner began in Oregon and became popular due to its placement of the cab over the front axle, allowing for a longer trailer while still staying within the strict length limits of the time. In 1981, the brand was sold to Daimler, a large European brand establishing itself in North America.
Western Star Trucks, on the other hand, started in 1967 in Kelowna. After many shifts in production and focus over the years, the company was acquired by Daimler in 2000 and a plant was opened in Portland, Oregon, where it is still made today.
And you guessed it – we can work on either!
International – owned by Navistar
All the way back in 1902, two companies merged to create the International Harvester Company in Lisle, Illinois, which made early versions of what we’d consider pickup trucks. Decades later, after numerous mergers, changes, and new offerings, the International Trucks product line carries on that legacy under its parent company, Navistar. From medium, heavy, and severe duty trucks to commercial buses (and even the odd electric vehicle), International has a well-earned reputation for quality.
How do we know? Because we are always happy to work on International trucks!
Named after the brothers that founded it, Mack Trucks have been synonymous with heavy-duty work and hauling since 1900. Owned by AB Volvo since 2000, the brand’s headquarters are in Greensboro, North Carolina, with manufacturing taking place in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. Having provided trucks and vehicles for the military, commuter buses, fire trucks, long-distance hauling, and everything between, Mack trucks are the granddaddy of everything we work on today (even though we still work on Macks, too).
PACCAR, Peterbilt, and Kenworth
Did you know that PACCAR, Peterbilt, Kenworth, and DAF are all branches of the same company? Based out of Washington state, the foundation of all of these brands goes back to 1905, and they have been around longer than most. In earlier days, they even built railroad cars, power winches, and gearboxes, as well as providing the steel needed for the Space Needle in Seattle.
Together, these brands make up a large part of modern semi-truck sales and traffic. That’s why we love getting our hands dirty with them when they come into the shop!
These few brands represent a big chunk of heavy-duty trucks in North America, which means we see a good number of them and are familiar with their operations. But even beyond these, we can repair and restore many domestic and foreign brands – whether that’s Volvo, Leyland, Autocar, or many others. The most important thing to us at West Tech Mobile is that we can get you on the road safely, and we take pride in our ability to fix or inspect almost anything that we see.
If you need a truck inspection or truck repair in Calgary, or a heavy-duty vehicle mechanic in southern Alberta, you’ll find what you need at West Tech Mobile!