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Peterbilt of Sioux City diesel tech Jared Frafjord joined the Marketing staff at a Career Exploration Day Oct. 2 at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville. The team talked to students from several county school districts about enrolling in the new Midwest Diesel Tech Academy as a career path to employment as a diesel tech at one of Midwest Peterbilt Group’s five locations.

The event, sponsored by IowaWorks, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation and Iowa Workforce Development, is designed to engage juniors and seniors with information on careers within the region.

For more information on Midwest Diesel Tech Academy, email instructor Dennis Wallace at dwallace@pbtruck.com.


Classes at the new Midwest Diesel Tech Academy began Sept. 23 for the 2019-2020 school year.

The 9-month-long curriculum, designed by corporate trainer Dennis Wallace, includes class time as well as internships at MPG's five dealerships. The low-cost program includes a tool program and, upon completion, students could be hired full-time with Midwest Peterbilt Group.

Classes currently are being held in the training facility at Midwest Peterbilt Group’s Corporate Office, 2601 Voyage Ave. in Sioux City.

Plans are under way to construct a new 8,000-square-foot building at the Corporate site, to be open to students by MDTA's second year of classes.

Students have been recruited from area high schools to attend the new academy; in addition, current MPG diesel techs will be able to take specific training modules to increase their knowledge base.

For more information, contact Wallace at dwallace@pbtruck.com.


Midwest Peterbilt Group marketing & communications manager Jackie Foster recently took part in a Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit at the Sioux City Country Club.

Presenters at the event included Debi Durham, director of Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority, who talked about the apprenticeship program; and Beth Townsend, director of Iowa Workforce Development, who discussed what Future Ready Iowa can mean to businesses.

Foster talked about the new Midwest Diesel Tech Academy and the company’s plans to “upskill” the current workforce.

At a separate event, representatives from Midwest Peterbilt Group attended a focus group on the state’s Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Awareness Project at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Along with other local businesses, MPG provided input on how to create “career pathways” for high school students.


Driver Shortage, Hours-of-Service Rules and Driver Compensation
Top the List of Industry Concerns

San Diego, California — The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, on Sunday unveiled its annual Top Industry Issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. For the third year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue for trucking fleets, as they struggle to recruit and retain qualified drivers.

The Hours-of-Service rules held on to the #2 issue in the survey for a second consecutive year, reflecting the industry’s call for additional flexibility in the rules, particularly the sleeper berth provision.

Two new issues appeared on this year’s list for the first time ever, ones that also impact the industry’s ability to recruit and retain qualified drivers; Driver Compensation and Detention / Delay at Customer Facilities. Driver Compensation ranked third overall and represents two sides to a complex issue; motor carriers who have raised driver pay significantly over the past year in response to the driver shortage and drivers who are concerned that their pay has not kept pace with inflation. Driver detention at customer facilities, making its debut at #4 on this year’s list, reflects growing concern over excessive delays that create cascading impacts for drivers’ hours-of-service compliance, compensation, and ability to find safe, available truck parking.

The lack of available truck parking rounds out the top five issues on this year’s list, but ranks 3rd among commercial driver respondents after compensation and HOS rules.

ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at TruckingResearch.org.


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