Meet Paul Chartrand, just one of the thousands of visitors to the 2012 Truck World event this past April in Toronto, yet one of our favorites. Known as Canada’s National Truck Show, this event showcases vendors from around the world as they present their new and innovative ideas for the trucking world. Of course Western Star was there!
Paul wanted to be a truck driver since he was 7 or 8 years old. His dad was a class D dump driver and at 89 years old, is proud of the way his kids are carrying on the tradition. His brother Bobby was a driver too, and although he’s gone now, his son Danny hauls refrigerated products for Maye Transport in Newmarket and Paul couldn’t be more proud of his nephew.
Now, Paul owns Sharky’s Odds and Ends based in Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury is about 4.5 hours north of Toronto in the Nickel Capital of the World. Sharky’s is a general freight company that Paul started in about 2005. He mainly hauls Canada Post mail for Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited.
Paul used to haul for Thompsons Terminals, then a few years with Beacon transit lines but one day, he started looking at Western Star trucks. He said a lot of his friends were proud owners and he “liked the way they look.” Paul told us that Western Stars are “a mechanic’s dream come true.” Because of the room in the cab, under the hood and sleeper, he says he saves a lot of time and money because he can get in there and easily do his own maintenance. Paul said what every owner operator knows so well, “Time is money.”
Paul also believes the suspension in a Western Star can “take all the brute force” and he would “would put it up against any other.” He added, “There aren’t that many moving parts so it’s not expensive to maintain.” That explains why he’s almost debt free which is something every owner operator strives for.
- 4900FA 123 Inch BBC
- 82 Inch High Roof Stratosphere Sleeper
- MBE-4000 12.8L 450 HP 1550 LB/FT
- Eaton Fuller RTLO-16913A
- Detroit DA-F-12.0-3 12,000# Front Axle
- Meritor RT-40-145 40,000# Tandem Rear Axle
- 244 Inch (6200 mm) Wheelbase
Paul is very passionate about the Western Star brand, and you can tell by that permanent Western Star tattoo on his right shoulder. That’s a REAL tattoo, not a stick-on! We asked Paul about it, of course. He told us he got it in the summer of 2009 and it actually has two meanings. “It represents the first brand new rig I ever bought. Plus, “W” is my wife’s initial. Wendy is her name.” She, apparently, doesn’t buy it.