In 1970 White Trucks started the Western Star division as White Western Star from about 1970 until 1979. In 1980, White was sold to Volvo and formed, when it was purchased by the Australian businessman Terry Peabody. Under his leadership the company financial status was improved and the Canadian portion of the business was sold. The company is a division of Freightliner LLC and sister to Sterling Trucks within Daimler AG. Peabody still owns operations in Australia, which are based in Wacol, Queensland.