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Stoops Western Star of Ohio opens in Wapakoneta

Wapakoneta, Ohio — The Stoops brand continues to expand in Ohio, with the addition of a new Western Star dealership.

Effective April 1, Stoops Western Star of Ohio took over operations of the dealership formerly known as Kinstle Western Star in Wapakoneta.

Stoops Western Star is affiliated with Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer, which operates nine dealerships in Ohio and Indiana, including locations in Lima and Dayton, Ohio.

The move merges a pair of family-owned businesses, as Stoops acquires Kinstle from owners Mike and Barb Kinstle. Stoops’ parent company, the McCoy Group, traces its roots back to 1958 and is owned by third-generation members of the McCoy family.

“On behalf of the entire Stoops team, I’d like to offer our sincerest thanks to Mike and Barb Kinstle for the great service they have provided to the trucking and transportation community over the past 38 years,” said Brian McCoy, president of Stoops Western Star. “We are excited to pick up right where they left off — providing expert service, a wide array of top-quality parts, and a sales team dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer needs.”

Customers can expect staffing to remain the same at Stoops Western Star, as all former Kinstle employees have been welcomed into the Stoops family.

Meanwhile, updates are planned for the building, including new signage, as well as a refurbished parts showroom and updated service facilities for increased service and repair capacity.

Additionally, offerings in the areas of parts and service will expand. Leveraging the Stoops brand and buying power, the best in Daimler parts and service will be available to Stoops Western Star customers.

Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer (a division of Truck Country®) is part of the largest Freightliner/Western Star truck dealership group in the U.S. Truck Country and Stoops dealerships serve customers at 25 locations in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. For 60 years, Truck Country has offered new and used medium- and heavy-duty trucks, expert service, an extensive parts inventory and helpful financing options. Corporate offices are located in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer adds MAC Trailer to lineup

Indianapolis, Ind. — Stoops Freightliner – Quality Trailer is excited to announce the addition of MAC Trailer to its line of trailer offerings.

The incorporation of MAC Trailer adds to an already strong lineup for Stoops, which also includes Wabash, Transcraft and Stoughton brands. Stoops will market MAC Trailer at its Anderson, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Ind. dealerships, as well as at its location in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Stoops will specialize in selling MAC Flatbed and Dump trailers, and will stock inventory Road Warrior flatbed and MVP-MACLOCK™ dump trailers. Through advanced design and the incorporation of alternative component-materials, MAC trailers provide for enhanced fuel economy, maximum performance, reduced maintenance costs and increased payloads.

Stoops Trailer Manager Mark Hall said the addition of MAC is a natural fit.

“The fit is good for us,” Hall said, noting Stoops’ sister company, Foodliner, is a customer of MAC’s liquid tank trailers. “We have seen how well MAC trailers performs in the real-world, and have confidence in offering them to our own customers.”

Stoops and MAC have similar histories. The companies are family-owned operations, with an eye toward the future.

“The big thing with MAC is they believe in innovation, as they develop ways to build better trailers,” Hall added. “These two companies fit together for what we are looking to achieve in the marketplace.”




About Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer (a division of Truck Country®) is part of the largest Freightliner/Western Star truck dealership group in the U.S. Truck Country and Stoops dealerships serve customers at 23 locations in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailers is a Wabash, Transcraft and MAC Trailer dealership. For 60 years, Stoops/Truck Country have offered new and used medium- and heavy-duty trucks, expert service, an extensive parts inventory and helpful financing options. Corporate offices are located in Dubuque, Iowa.






About MAC Trailer Manufacturing MAC Trailer Manufacturing, with over 668,000 square feet of facilities and more than 900 employees, is respected as one of the nation’s foremost manufacturer of dump, transfer, flatbed, pneumatic and liquid tank trailers. Corporate offices are located in Alliance, Ohio

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Stoops releases new Specialty Trucks climate-control straight truck

In response to the demand for increased payloads on a 33,000 GVWR climate control straight trucks, Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer has developed a new Stoops Specialty Trucks (SST) Lite truck. The new truck was unveiled at the Expedite Expo in Lexington, Ken., in July.

The plan to develop the new SST Lite truck started by reaching out to several key customers for tDSC04981 copyheir input, as well collaborating with vendors to develop a design for the truck. This collaboration resulted in a weight savings, with the new model weighing just 25,580 pounds (2,200 pounds less than similar units).

Additionally, the new chassis is not only lighter, but also features a pair of new safety features. Equipped with Bendix disc brakes, the SST Lite truck has a significantly shorter stopping distance, as well as having the new Bendix SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitor System that will alert drivers when a tire is losing air pressure to prevent damage to the tire and reduce maintenance cost.

Meanwhile, Stoops has partnered with Thermo King and Wabash National to provide the latest in refrigeration technology. Thermo King recently released its new T880 model Truck Refrigeration Unit, with electronic throttling valve technology and modulation which provides the tightest temperature control in the industry. Stoops’ newest vendor partner, Wabash National, recently released its new all-composite reefer body. Over the past several months, Stoops Specialty Trucks worked with Wabash National to create a spec especially for the Expediter business.

“This truck body is truly a ‘game-changer’ that provides 20 percent weight savings as well as a 30 percent increase in thermal efficiency,” said Jeff Jones, sales manager for Stoops’ specialty trucks.

Stoops also continues to work with Bolt Custom Trucks in developing custom sleepers. By using a new composite material in the floor and cabinet bases, the pair were able to save a significant amount of weight as well as enhance the insulation value. Bolt also recently released its new bunk restraint system to further enhance safety.


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Truck Country will celebrate new dealership with grand opening, ribbon cutting

After months of preparation and construction, Truck Country moved into its new state-of-the-art facility earlier this year. The new dealership is located at 3201 Hwy 61/151, Dubuque, Iowa.

To commemorate the move, Truck Country will host a grand opening/open house celebration throughout the day on Wednesday, May 25. At 4:30 p.m., the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, as well as other community leaders, will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Just a few hundred yards south of Truck Country’s former dealership building, the new 52,000-square-foot operation is nearly double the size of the old location. Among other highlights, the dealership features an expanded shop, which features 21 service bays (compared with 10 at the old building), a new alignment rack, detail bay and a flywheel resurfacing area.

Meanwhile, the facility also features an enhanced parts show room and a significantly larger drivers’ lounge, as well as additional office space and a larger parts storage area.

“As a certified Freightliner Elite Support location, the new dealership can provide customers with the best in customer service and amenities,” said John Gile, general manager at Truck Country’s Dubuque location. “We look forward to showcasing our new, first-class operation to the public.”


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