News roundup, Oct. 24: New Love’s in Montana, Alabama; I-29 closure in southwest Iowa; TruckPro distributor bought by equity firm

Updated Oct 25, 2019

Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019:

New Love’s locations open in Montana, Alabama
Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in Missoula, Montana, and Eutaw, Alabama.

The Montana store, located on Highway 10 West, offers 58 truck parking spaces, a Hardee’s restaurant, eight diesel lanes, five showers, Love’s Truck Tire Care with Speedco, laundry facilities and more. It also features a casino with 20 gambling machines and a bar.

The Alabama location, off of I-20, offers 96 truck parking spaces; Chester’s Chicken, Godfather’s Pizza and Hardee’s restaurants; eight diesel lanes; seven showers; Speedco; laundry facilities; and more.

I-29 near Council Bluffs, Iowa, closed for construction
Iowa Department of Transportation crews are working to raise sections of I-29 to lower the chances that flood waters close the interstate in the future. The highway has closed four times this year due to flooding, according to a report from Iowa Public Radio.

Iowa DOT says I-29 northbound is closed between exit 55 (North 25th Street) and Iowa Highway 192, which is about a 1-mile stretch. The department suggests traffic passing through the area take I-80 east to I-880 west and back onto I-29 in Loveland. The closure is expected to continue until Nov. 5.

Equity firm buyout of heavy-duty independent distributor TruckPro
The Platinum Equity firm has acquired the TruckPro Holding Corporation. Financial terms were not disclosed. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., TruckPro is an independent distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts.

Founded in 1958, TruckPro serves more than 80,000 customers with more than 150 locations in the United States and Canada. “We have grown and built lasting relationships with our customers by offering quality products and services, expertise, available inventory and fast delivery,” said TruckPro CEO Chuck Broadus.

The acquisition is intended to support continued growth and “potential acquisitions, with an emphasis on serving new markets and bringing new products and services into the mix,” said Platinum Equity’s Jason Price.

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