Tailgating with Friends

Oftentimes a line is drawn between work and fun. At Mid-States Utility we like to blur those lines every now and then. We have several different activities, parties and other events to add positive energy into the workplace such as our annual holiday parties, customer and employee appreciation luncheons, and even prize drawings. This year we had a fantastic opportunity to try something new to offer both a number of employees as well as an even larger number of our customers.

Before the Nebraska Huskers took a 13 – 10 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats several of our Omaha branch representatives such as Mark Golden, Jennifer Blum, Mike Davis, and Jim Hansen along with Sioux City branch representative Mike Wooster were entertaining guests at the Ironhorse Private Event Building with food and drinks catered by Doorstep Diner. They had an absolute blast meeting with many of their customers in the surrounding Nebraska area before heading off to the game.

From Left to Right (Mark Golden, Jennifer Blum, Jim Hansen)

Mid-States gladly provided tickets to the game for all their guests and it was a fantastic turnout with nearly 40 guests to join them in cheering on the Huskers. The day was beautiful, and the game was thrilling. All-in-all it was a fantastic day for both employees of Mid-States and guests alike. We thank everyone involved in the planning and preparing of the event as well as all those who were able to attend and enjoy it with us!

IMTA Management Conference

“Over all I find that it refresh’s me with enthusiasm for the trucking industry.” – Jim Franzen.

The Iowa Motor Trucking Association was first established in 1942 by three trucking organizations wanting to find a way to come together and represent Iowa’s trucking industry. In 2017 the organization turned 75 and continues strong to this day. On Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25 they held their annual Management Conference which two of our sales representatives from our Des Moines branch: Jim Franzen and Jeff Croner, attended.

IMTA is one of the top state transportation associations in the nation. They are always on the cutting edge of all the current & future events, with seminars, meetings & emails that keep us up to date. It’s also a great place to meet your customer’s, colleague, in a fun & relaxed environment, along with making new friends in the industry.” Said Jeff Croner about the IMTA.

The conference featured several educational sessions, networking opportunities with other representatives from other trucking companies and organizations, special recognition and speakers for various topics within the transportation industry. The purpose of the event, as advertised by the IMTA was that,

This annual conference provides all attendees with the tools, the knowledge and the expertise needed to be a successful leader in responding to the constantly changing environment in the trucking industry.” IMTA Management Conference description.

One of the biggest announcements that came out of the IMTA Management Conference was the unveiling of their Show Trailer which featured a state-of-the-art driving simulation inside. The IMTA has had a show trailer since the early 1990s which they use to promote the trucking industry across the state. The new show trailer was purchased in 2016 and has been in the works until now. Here is a link to the marching band at the ribbon cutting of this brand-new show trailer. https://www.facebook.com/iowamotortruck/videos/391175258211468/

The Management Conference featured a record-breaking turnout for their annual golf outing. Jim Franzen speculated it was a beautiful day for golf. It was followed by a tour of the Iowa Cubs stadium in Des Moines. Wednesday morning the guests were treated to breakfast with Iowa governor Kim Reynolds who was the guest speaker along with a chairman representative from the American Trucking Association. Wednesday finished with a banquet followed by an awards ceremony given to members of the IMTA for various achievements of truck drivers, safety departments, dispatchers and maintenance.

To learn more about the Iowa Motor Trucking Association or become a member check out their website here. http://www.iowamotortruck.com/

Summer Employee Appreciation Lunches

As a company, we stand by our founder, Jim Keizer’s, mottos that, “It’s all about the people.” This is not lost on our employees and we want to thank them all for their amazing work. Throughout the summer we held several employee appreciation lunches.

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Starting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where we sat down with some of the hard-working men and women to enjoy a nice lunch of burgers and brats.


Moving over to Omaha, Nebraska. Zach Fritz (Left) kept the grills running so that everyone could grab a burger and brat and take a break to enjoy some time with some of the other employees at the Omaha branch.


Finally, we finished off the summer at the Sioux City location where there were plenty of brats and pork loin available for all the employees who wanted to come outside and enjoy the fantastic weather.

Again, we want to say a massive thank you to all the amazing men and women who make up the Keizer family!

Bob Guenette Memorial Golf Scramble

On September 7, in Grand Island Nebraska, Midwest Express held the first ever 4-person golf scramble in remembrance of their long-time employee Bob Guenette who had passed away back in 2013. The golf tournament was set up in his honor in order to raise money for scholarships within the diesel tech field, supplying schooling to future diesel techs.

The golf-scramble was incredibly successful, this year, selling out and managing to raise a large sum of money which is being set forth to supply scholarships to some of the schools in the Midwest area.

Dave Willman, Trailer Sales Representative from Mid-States Utility Trailers, Inc’s Omaha branch, was in attendance at the Golf Scramble where he organized a 4-person team to compete with him, as well as a second 4-person team to join in playing and raising money for the cause. The company sponsored the event as well as one of the holes sponsored by Dave and his wife.

Peaches & Lion’s Paws

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For several years, now, we’ve teamed up with Omaha’s chapter of the Lion’s Club to sell freshly picked peaches to the community to raise money for the Lion’s Club who uses that money on other service projects to benefit their community. We’ve supplied the organization with a trailer, equipment and a drop-off location for their peach fundraiser to ensure the peaches arrive and are ready to go.

Lions 4.pngMid-States Utility is proud to be associated with the Lions and hope our relationship continues for years to come!” Says Mark Golden, Mid-States Omaha branch’s Director of Operations.

LCI_emblem_2color.pngLions International is a non-profit service organization first started in 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman who wanted to encourage businesses to offer support after the devastation of World War I. There are 47,000 Lions clubs across the world, each with their own focus and service activities that they strive to offer to their communities. The club services over 200 countries with their 1.4 million members worldwide.

The Omaha chapter, of the Lions Club, is always looking for service-minded individuals who want to give back to their community. If you want to become a member of the Lions Club, check out their website and find a chapter near you.


Road Trip in Style


On August 23, 2019, Mark Golden (Center), Mid-States Utility Trailer’s Parts & Service Director of Operations at the Omaha location, decided he wanted to visit some of his customers, but driving to them in a company vehicle wasn’t enough, he wanted to meet with them in style. So, with one of Mid-States trailer sales representatives, Jeff Klein (Left) went on a cruise across the Omaha, Nebraska area in Mark’s 1967 Cadillac he has been working on for a couple years.

The duo visited several of the company’s regular customers providing them with cold drinks and snacks and chatting with them for a bit before moving on to the next customer.

I love doing things like this for our company! Getting out to see customers for no reason other than to just say hello is one of my favorite parts of the job. In the past 13 years with Mid-States Utility I have learned that there is so more to our relationships than just buying and selling products and services,” says Mark Golden.

Mark and Jeff both hold true to the company’s motto that, “It’s all about the people.” A message that the company’s founder, Jim Keizer, left to remind us how important it is to see a company as far more than just buyers and sellers. Everyone, customers and employees alike, are important to every business and should be treated as such.