July 23, 2014
Thirteen regional fire and rescue crews descended on Allstate Peterbilt’s Blackhawk, S.D. location last month and battled a major blaze that ultimately destroyed the facility.
Around midnight June 24, a fire broke out near the center of the building and crews scrambled to contain it, hauling in more that 2,000 gallons of water per minute.
The destruction of the facility left Allstate with displaced employees and customers, so they set up shop at the company’s various other locations. Parts sales are being handled from its Dickinson, N.D. location.
An office trailer now sits on the charred lot for new and used truck sales. Parts and service are still handled at satellite locations, but all that will soon change.
Rather than rebuild its Blackhawk store, the company plans to move to a larger facility in Rapid City, S.D. – about 15 miles away – to a building formerly occupied by an automotive parts and farm and ranch supplies store.
The move also gives the dealership a presence in the state’s second largest city.
Amanda Schuier, marketing manager for Allstate Peterbilt Group, says the company plans a soft opening the week of Aug. 11 for parts and have fully functional parts department by the end of August. She expects the service department to be fully operational by the end of September.
All affected employees will be moved to the new location.