Iowa's Midwest Wheel celebrates 100 years in business

Jan. 1, 2020
Established as the Iowa Vulcanizing Co., in March 1, 1911, by Fred Prior and George Koons, the Midwest Wheel Co. of Des Moines has hit the century mark.
Established as the Iowa Vulcanizing Co., in March 1, 1911, by Fred Prior and George Koons, the Midwest Wheel Co. of Des Moines has hit the century mark.

The firm, the first rubber vulcanizer west of the Mississippi River, has expanded to become the largest truck parts distributor in the Midwest, according to President Mike Callison. Midwest employs 180 people at seven locations in Iowa ( Des Moines, Clear Lake, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Sioux City) and Missouri (Kansas City and Grandview ).

Callison is the fourth-generation owner and Koons’ great- grandson. A fifth-generation member of the family is also employed by the company.

As part of its year-long century celebration, Midwest has made a $20,000 donation to the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Iowa Motor Carrier’s Foundation and a $10,000 contribution to Des Moines Area Community College.

“As we turned 100-years-young, we felt that it was appropriate to show our appreciation of the trucking industry by establishing scholarship programs to promote the industry,” Callison says.

“We want to thank all of our employees, customers and suppliers for their support over the past 100 years,” he notes. “They are the people who have made us ‘100 Years Strong.’”

Vintage photos can be viewed at Facebook. For more information, visit www.midwestwheel.com. Vintage photos of can also be viewed on Facebook.

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