NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The approaching oil and gas boom is making many local businesses take note, especially Allstate Peterbilt Group of New Philadelphia.

Allstate Peterbilt Group opened in New Philadelphia in 1998 after acquiring the business from McKnight Trucks. They are a full-service parts, service and body shop, as well as offering 24/7, 365-days a year mobile service for medium and heavy-duty trucks.

General Manager Jesse Smitley said the mobile service van will go anywhere they are called to. He said they have even gone right to an oil well site to repair a truck.

He said that aspect of their business continues to grow. But, he is also making plans to expand the hours of their parts and service department to aide the oil and gas industry in the Tuscarawas Valley. He said they are currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday but with the oil and gas industry taking off, he's hoping to expand their hours to 7:30 a.m. to midnight. By doing so, he's hoping to add more employees to its current roster of 38 full-time workers.

"I'm trying to hire full-time certified technicians, especially if the oil and gas (industry) keeps going this way," Smitley said.

He also said the dealership, which has 18 dealerships in five states (Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota), sells tankers and trucks (medium and heavy-duty) equipped to operate on liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Smitley said the company just delivered 25 new LNG units to a customer in Phoenix after coming off the assembly line in Denton, Texas. He said they can ship trucks all over the United States.

"We have oil field trucks in stock and they are ready to go to work," Smitley said.

Allstate Peterbilt Group in New Philadelphia has 22 service bays, a five-bay body shop, a 50-foot deep paint booth, alignment machine and frame straightening machine to name a few of the services they offer.

Allstate Peterbilt Group is located at 327 Stonecreek Road NW, New Philadelphia. They may be reached by calling 330-339-5555, 800-362-6680 or visiting; or contact Smitley directly at