Our History

Midwest Truck and Trailer was established in 1974 by the Zangrilli brothers.  They believed in delivering true top-quality work and this philosophy made Midwest stand out in an industry that was otherwise hampered by quick-and-dirty fixes and fly-by-night operations. Their motto was “Fix It Right”, and this approach was the key to winning new business and developing relationships that last to this very day.

Working out of a 4 bay shop on the border of Mississauga and Oakville, and catering primarily to the automotive and retail industries, their reputation for fairness and quality work quickly spread.  In order to meet growing customer demand, Joe Zangrilli brought his two sons, Domenic and Lorenzo, into the business.  As mobile mechanics “bringing the shop to the customer”, the next generation of Zangrilli brothers introduced a new concept into the transportation industry as Mobile Mechanics.

With continued growth and success, came a new identity: Joe, Lorenzo and Domenic created Midwest Services.  The entire operation was moved to the Ontario Transportation Centre, providing easy access to Southern Ontario’s major highways and convenience for Midwest’s customers.  The substantially larger new location included a state-of-the-art repair facility that not only served the needs of Midwest Services better, but also allowed the creation of an equally advanced manufacturing facility built to launch Stargate Manufacturing in 1998; a new business entity building “Best in Class” dump trailers.

Midwest now operates as a number of structured, focused divisions.  Midwest Trailer Service remains at the heart of the operation.  A dedicated Collision Shop was added with state-of-the-art paint and sandblasting capabilities.  The Mobile Service business was reinvented with a focus on complete Fleet Management and data analytics.  The Midwest Truck Centre was opened at a second location within the Ontario Transportation Center and is capable of meeting all the needs on the power side of the business.  Finally, Stargate remains focused on manufacturing dump trailers but injects unparalleled fabrication expertise across the organization when called upon.

From their humble beginnings, with the belief that “Fix It Right” was the only way to serve their customers, this family-run business is continuing to find success in its fourth decade and second generation.  It has become the premier Truck and Trailer Service provider within the GTA.  Joe, Domenic and Lorenzo continue to stand proudly behind the Midwest name, and they continually strive to deliver the service and quality that is Midwest’s hallmark within the Transportation Industry.