Midwest Peterbilt News & Views
for truck owners, service managers & parts buyers


First UltraLoft off Peterbilt production line:
Keys to the first Model 579 UltraLoft off the production line were presented to Oklahoma City-based Freymiller Trucking in early July. Peterbilt announced the introduction of the Model 579 UltraLoft earlier this year. “The UltraLoft will provide some drivers with a lot of the changes they want to see,” said Eric Madsen, truck sales director for Midwest Peterbilt Group. “More space and more amenities, especially for team drivers.” Madsen said all five MPG dealerships will have the new UltraLoft on their lots in the spring. An open house will be planned so customers can tour the new 579 and view its upgrades.


Classic truck fans gear up for events:
A group of historical truck enthusiasts is taking advantage of invitations to display their classic big rigs during several upcoming events. The Tri-State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) held an outreach meeting at Peterbilt of Sioux City on July 21. Chapter president Gordon Watson of Spencer, Iowa, said the group is recruiting vintage truck restorers and heavy-truck enthusiasts to participate in several upcoming activities.

Watson said the Tri-State Chapter is encouraging other collectors to join their group. Chapter dues are $20 a year; membership in the national ATHS is required. For contact information, visit Chapter #45 on the ATHS website, ATHS.org/chapters. Information also is available on Facebook: “Tri-State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society — ATHS. Watson also can be reached at 712-580-3507, and Postma at 712-540-3779.
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Peterbilt of Lincoln hosts free Brake Clinic
Information on the latest stopping-distance technology will be presented at 6 p.m. Aug. 15, at Peterbilt of Lincoln, 6262 Arbor Road. The free Brake Clinic will be presented by a representative from Meritor. Free dinner will be provided. For info, call 402-858-8401.


MPG trucks on display at Husker Harvest Days
Visitors to Husker Harvest Days, set for Sept. 11-13 in Grand Island, Nebraska, will be able to check out two new 2019 models at the Midwest Peterbilt Booth. Stop by and chat with our sales professionals at Lot #1141.


Roadworks detour access to Des Moines dealership

Traffic closures at 34th Avenue NW and Adventureland Drive in Altoona will necessitate detours for customers accessing the Peterbilt dealership, at 3445 Adventureland Drive, beginning at 7 a.m. July 9. The detour is expected to be in place for a minimum of 90 days. Click here to view a map of the detour route, or visit the City of Altoona website for public works updates.


1983 Cabover Makeover

Chad Van Zee spied a 1983 Peterbilt Model 362 on an auction site. He was filled with nostalgia for the old cabover. "I've just got a thing for old stuff," Van Zee said. He figured it would be perfect for hauling a backhoe for one of his excavation businesses. It once had been a pristine white with dark red accents, and was in need of some TLC. So he contacted the Body Shop at Peterbilt of Sioux City, and the rest is history. The interior will eventually be refurbished, but in the meantime, the "new" 362 will be put to work... hauling a backhoe. See the Video


WITCC Students Tour Peterbilt of Sioux City

Peterbilt of Sioux City hosted students from Western Iowa Tech Community College’s Auto Body program on May 11. Students got a tour of the Service Department and Body Shop, and learned about job opportunities with Midwest Peterbilt Group. See the Video


Truck Shows and Special Events Schedule

Summer 2018

9th Annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck & Tractor Show August 17 - 19, 2018. Northern State Fair Grounds, Chippewa Falls, WI.

DAKOTAFEST: Schlaffman Farm, 2300 Spruce St. Mitchell, SD August 21 - 23, 2018 Follow us on facebook at "Dakotafest".

 Fall 2018  

Sheldon Celebration Days: The Tri-State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society will participate in the annual Classic Car Show on Labor Day, Sept. 3 in Sheldon, IA.

BIG IRON CLASSIC: Sept 7 - 8, 2018 Dodge County Fairgrounds, Kasson, MN.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
Sept 9 - 15, 2018

Husker Harvest Days: Sept 11 - 13, 2018 9000 W. Husker Highway, Wood River, NE

SD Truck Convoy for Special Olympics:
Big Rigs, Big Hearts, Big Results
Sioux Falls, SD Sept 21 - 22, 2018 Includes classic truck display & Touch-A-Truck event.
Rapid City, SD Sept 28 & 29, 2018

 Winter 2018 - 2019  

Nebraska Power Farming Show: Dec 4 - 6, 2018 Lancaster Event Center, 4100 North 84th St. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dakota Farm Show: Vermillion, South Dakota January 3, 4 and 5, 2019

Iowa Power Farming Show: Iowa Events Center 730 3rd St. Des Moines, Iowa. Jan 29 - 31, 2019.

53rd Annual Triumph of Ag Expo: Wednesday & Thursday Feb 27 -28, 2019

Spring 2019

Midwest Pride in your Ride: Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa May 3 - 4, 2019 Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life