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Second group graduates from tech program


Truck Country’s second class of internally, educated certified service technicians completed their studies last month.

Nine students from across the Truck Country family of dealerships completed the intensive 10-month training program, where they split time between studying and training at the company’s Technician Training Center in Cuba City, Wis. and working at their home dealerships.

This year’s graduating class included: Brandon Sisler, of Truck Country-Dubuque; Zach Dillman, of TC-Dubuque; Jarett March, of TC-Shullsburg; Devon Foley, of TC-Shullsburg; Travis Brown, of TC-Cedar Rapids; Austin Colbrese, of TC-Davenport; Dustin Bankes, of TC-Davenport; Anthony Clayton, of TC-Appleton; and Dustin Dix, of TC-Appleton. Dealer trainer Terry Straw led the class for the second consecutive year, while Jon Pedley joined him.

Program graduates completed their studies with a celebration on July 3, McCoy Group President and CEO Greg McCoy, as well as Truck Country of Iowa Vice President Bill Roth and Truck Country of Wisconsin Vice President Dan Armstrong addressed students.

Meanwhile, general managers and service managers from the dealership group were invited to attend the festivities.

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Truck Country open houses continue in Wisconsin

The Truck Country open house events head to Wisconsin this week.
You are invited to join the Truck Country team at our Madison location today, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy lunch and visit the Detroit Component trailer and chat with Freightliner Team Run Smart drivers Jeff Clark and Henry Albert.
The open house tour continues tomorrow in Milwaukee, in Wausau on Wednesday and Appleton on Thursday.

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Truck Country plans move to larger facility, additional jobs

In January 2016, Truck Country officials anticipate moving into a new 52,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the company’s current dealership location on Dubuque’s south side.

Site preparation has started at the location, with construction to begin in the coming weeks.

The new facility will enhance the company’s ability to expand to serve its customers with expanded service bay areas, an enhanced driver’s lounge, a larger parts retail display area and other upgrades to provide the facility with the industry’s leading technology.

Meanwhile, the larger building will allow the company to expand its workforce. Plans call for approximately 10 positions to be added following the move.

“The expanded dealership will allow us to not only serve our customers with first-rate technology and amenities, but it also enables us to offer additional, high-quality diesel technician jobs in our service department,” said Bill Roth, Truck Country-Iowa vice president.

Located south of the current dealership building, the address of the new facility will be 3201 Hwy. 61/151.

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First class completes program at Truck Country Tech Center

The first class to complete the Truck Country Diesel Tech Training Program and their instructors include: from left, Terry Straw (trainer), Thad Lartz, Nathan Stodden, Kevin Hoppe, Robert Wiskerchen and Lee Buss (trainer).

The first class to complete the Truck Country Diesel Tech Training Program and their instructors include: from left, Terry Straw (trainer), Thad
Lartz, Nathan Stodden, Kevin Hoppe, Robert Wiskerchen and Lee
Buss (trainer).

The inaugural class of Truck Country’s certified Diesel Tech Training program has graduated. On July 3, a luncheon and certificate presentation ceremony was held for the program’s graduates at the recently opened Technician Training Center in Cuba City, Wis.

The 10-month program saw attendees splitting their time between the training center and their home dealerships, as they learned the trade of becoming certified service technicians.

Thad Lartz, of Truck Country – Davenport; Nathan Stodden, of Truck Country – Dubuque; Kevin Hoppe, of Truck Country – Milwaukee; and Robert Wiskerchen, of Truck Country – Wausau, were the initial graduates of the program. Terry Straw and Lee Buss led the group.

The graduates were appreciative of the attention to detail the class provided. “We came in knowing nothing,” said Hoppe, reflecting on how far the students have learned since the program started.

Lartz appreciated the high level of devotion the program demanded. “It definitely weeds out the people who don’t want to be here,” he said.

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Inspections are on the horizon

National highway roadchecks are on the horizon.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced inspections will take place June 3-5, with roughly 10,000 state, local and federal enforcement agencies conducting roadside inspections over the 72-hour period.

In 2013, more than 70,000 inspections were conducted during the period, which resulted in a 22 percent out-of-service rate for equipment and a 4 percent out-of-service rate for drivers, according to 

Among the main equipment targets that will be targeted during the inspections, include: brakes, coupling devices, fuel and exhaust systems, lighting, cargo securement, steering, suspension, suspension and tires, wheels, rims and hubs. 

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