Integrated Auxiliary HVAC and Power Unit Now Available on New Western Star Trucks


Idle solutions systems to be supplied by Dometic and Temco

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - March 6, 2006 - Western Star Trucks is now offering an integrated auxiliary heating/air conditioning and power generation package as optional, factory-installed original equipment on new 4900-Series truck models.

The Idle Solutions package is being supplied by Dometic Environmental Corporation and Temco Metal Products Company. Installations will be made at Western Star In-Service Centers.

"With this system, drivers can sleep comfortably in the summer or winter without idling the truck's engine," said Lou Siegel, senior vice president, marketing and strategic business development for Dometic Environmental Corporation. "Truckers can comply with anti-idling laws, save diesel fuel, protect the environment and reduce wear and tear on the truck's engine."

The Idle Solutions system consists of a Dometic 14,000 BTU HVAC system and a Temco 7.2 kW power generator. It is completely independent from the main engine and other truck systems.

The Dometic HVAC system consists of a condensing unit, which is mounted outside the cab, and a cooling/heating unit inside the sleeper. The two components are joined by quick-connect refrigerant linesets, which are precharged at the factory, allowing for easy installation without special EPA-approved equipment. The system provides 4000 W of heating capacity for cold weather.

The Temco auxiliary power unit (APU) consists of a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled 15.8-horsepower Perkins diesel engine driving a 7.2 kW generator. "The 1,800 rpm diesel provides longer engine life and less downtime for maintenance than higher-speed engines," said Bruce Bosch, president of Temco. "It uses an average of 0.3 gallons per hour of diesel fuel and provides ample power to run the air conditioner and other electrical appliances on the truck."

The HVAC/APU system is backed by a nationwide network of installation, service and warranty locations.

About Dometic Environmental Corporation

Dometic Environmental Corporation (www.dometictruck.com), a business unit of Dometic Corporation, is a world leader in air conditioning and refrigeration technology for marine, vehicular and other applications. The company's products are marketed under the Cruisair, Marine Air Systems, Grunert and Sentry brand names, with a heritage dating back over 45 years. Corporate headquarters and operations are in Pompano Beach, Fla., with operations also in Richmond, Va. Factory-trained service facilities are located throughout the world. Dometic Corporation is owned by BC Partners (www.bcpartners.com), a leading pan-European private equity firm, operating through integrated teams based in Paris, Hamburg, London, Milan and Geneva.

About Western Star Trucks

Western Star Trucks, a division of the Freightliner Corporation, is headquartered in Redford, Mich. with manufacturing facilities in Portland, Ore. Western Star is renown for manufacturing owner-operator, premium heavy-duty vocational trucks and Specialty/Extreme duty Class 8 trucks. The Freightliner Group produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer. For more information, please visit www.westernstartrucks.com.

About Temco

Temco has over 39 years of experience as an OEM supplier to the heavy-duty truck industry. For more information visit www.IdleSolutions.com.

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Press Contacts:

Lou Siegel
Dometic Environmental Corporation
+1 (804) 746-1313
E-mail: lou.siegel@dometicusa.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications
+1 (757) 451-0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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