The 2018 and 2019 Western Star trucks are now running between the company's 17 locations, hauling the company's large round-body dump trailers.
Upstate chose the 5700XEs in consultation with Tracey Road Equipment, a Western Star and construction equipment dealer with seven locations in New York State.
"It's always a little scary to switch truck makes, but we've been working with Tracey Road for 12 years and they've always provided great equipment and great advice," Weitsman said. "Having that many locations helps and they've always treated us the way we want to be treated."
The 5700XEs have Detroit™ DD16® engines with Eaton Fuller transmissions, 13,300-lb front axles and 46,000-lb rear axles.
"We took the time to truly understand Upstate's business and trucking needs, so we were able to outfit him with the ideal truck for the job, which turned out to be the 5700XE," said Scott Collins, Vice President of Sales for Tracey Road.
Weitsman also wanted the trucks to look good on the job because it reflects well on the company. The day cabs are fiery red with black hoods and premium interiors. A sharp, smooth-riding truck is key to attracting drivers in a tight labor market, he said.
"We're getting more drivers and better drivers because the trucks are good looking and dependable," Weitsman said. "If they feel good about what they drive they're going to be happier and more productive."
The 5700XEs have performed well and improved uptime, he said. "Our customer service has been better and, in the end, we've been more profitable because of it," he said.