This Ohio Company Has a Classy Fleet of Trucks

We get behind the wheel of one of Pumper magazine's classy trucks by having a classy conversation with Chad Werab of Fred's Septic Service in Atwater, Ohio

This Ohio Company Has a Classy Fleet of Trucks

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In the excavating business since 2003, Chad Werab of Atwater, Ohio, knows a thing or two about trucks. And when he bought Fred’s Septic Service in 2008, he not only added septic installation and repair to his umbrella of companies and services, he got himself some more cool — and classy — trucks.

“The excavating used to be the largest part of the business,” Werab says. “The economy crashed in 2007 and 2008, the commercial stuff went south, and I bought the septic service.”

One of the shining stars of his fleet — all the trucks in his lineup are black — is a 2010 Kenworth T800 with a steel 4,000-gallon waste and 300-gallon freshwater steel tank and Fruitland 500 cfm pump built out by Marengo Fabricated Steel.

The truck is powered by a 450 hp Cummins ISM engine tied to a 10-speed Fuller transmission (Eaton Vehicle Group).

On the outside of the truck, there’s a 36-inch rear manway, a second topside manway, a double frame for structural rigidity, a 3,000 psi Giant Industries jetter, dual 4-inch heated inlet valves, front and rear 3-inch inlet valves, dual hydraulic stack pumps with remote control and a 300-foot suction hose.

While the exterior of the truck is sexy enough, the interior is sweet too. Werab says he wanted his driver Rick Shanks to have a comfortable vehicle. The truck has air-ride seats and a top-of-the-line Kenworth interior that includes air conditioning, cruise, tilt, power windows, Bluetooth stereo/phone and onboard GPS.

The graphics were done by Jaybird of Louisville, Ohio, which does all of Werab’s vehicle designs. All his tanks are steel. “They seem to be durable and hold up for us,” he says.

The truck is used for residential and commercial septic pumping, which is just one of the services Werab’s company encompasses. It also provides excavating, trucking, real estate properties, container services and some portable restrooms, in addition to septic services. His 11 employees service a 60-mile radius, as Atwater is located about 30 minutes east of Akron.

Werab, who used to be a mechanic many years ago, does his own maintenance and repair, but he doesn’t fabricate his own trucks.

Werab’s fleet also includes a 2008 Ford F-250 pickup; 1994 International 9400 tandem axle dump; 1997 Freightliner semi; a 1994 Mack RD with tandem-axle dump; a 2005 Chevrolet K3500; 2009 Kenworth T800 quad-axle vacuum tanker; 1994 Ford L8000 single-axle dump; 2003 Mack Granite quad-axle dump; 2016 Chevrolet service truck pickup; and a 2013 Kenworth T800 semi tractor.


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