New Way® History & Overview

A Proud Iowa-Based Garbage Truck Manufacturer

New Way Trucks, a family-owned company spanning three generations of principled leadership, is the cornerstone brand of the central Iowa-based McLaughlin Family Companies. New Way is the largest private refuse equipment manufacturer in North America and one of the fastest-growing companies in the $100 billion North American solid waste industry. Our equipment is currently operating in all 50 states, across Canada, Latin America, Asia, and beyond.

New Way Trucks rear-loaders for Guayaquil, Ecuador
These New Way rear-loaders made up a portion of a nearly 100-truck order for the municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Our industry-leading Distributor Network is the bedrock of our organization and covers the entire U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. 

Map of New Way Trucks dealer locations
The New Way Trucks distributor network is one of the most respected in the solid waste industry and continues to grow stronger.

At New Way, we believe that all solid waste is local. This is visible in the equipment variations our customers request. To meet that need we manufacture the widest product lineup of any refuse equipment manufacturer. With over 40 models of twelve different refuse truck product lines, there is no collection need that New Way Trucks cannot meet. Our product lineup features six rear-load, three automated side-load, a satellite side-load, and two front load-models  ranging in size from 6 yd³ to 43 yd³. Through New Way Fleet Force Rentals, the company offers a seamless direct-from-manufacturer rental option to cover customers' immediate needs.

None of this would be possible without our employee family. New Way has been blessed with great people since day one, and our employees have always been our most valuable asset. We proudly continue to invest in training and educational opportunities for our employee family. Remarkably, nearly a quarter of our team in Iowa has worked for us for over a decade. 

In addition, New Way is a key part of the industry’s move to alternative fueled vehicles and offers factory Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) integration on most models. 

New Way Trucks CNG-powered Sidewinder XTR
New Way is a certified installer for all leading providers of CNG fuel systems and offers frame rail/side mounts (pictured on a City of Sacramento Sidewinder XTR), back-of-cab mounts, tailgate mounts, roof mounts, and custom hybrid designs to accommodate unique customer challenges.

We are also proud to stand at the forefront of the battery-electric refuse collection vehicle movement. New Way is further along in battery-electric vehicle (BEV) refuse applications than any other body manufacturer. We have more BEVs in service today than any of our competitors and these New Way BEVs are working and on route every day. 

New Way Trucks battery-electric Sidewinder XTR
This battery-electric New Way Sidewinder XTR is shown on route for GreenWaste Palo Alto. BYD has referred to the unit as the most advanced refuse collection vehicle in the world. 

New Way Trucks is proud to have aided in developing the most advanced mobile refuse collection vehicles in the world and to have played a major role in affecting positive, sustainable change.

Small-town Values, Global Impact

Our home community is a place where people still leave their car doors unlocked, moral family values are of the utmost importance, and a hard work ethic has been passed down through generations of Iowans. This work ethic and dedication to growth pairs nicely with the ability to innovate and a willingness to learn that has resulted in New Way Trucks being able to offer the widest, most advanced product line of refuse trucks in the solid waste industry. 

Welder working in New Way Trucks manufacturing facility
Here, a welder works on the automated side-loader line at our main manufacturing facility in Scranton, Iowa.

We have evolved in many ways since our humble beginnings as Scranton Manufacturing repairing farm equipment & painting in a barn in Scranton, Iowa in 1971.

Scranton Manufacturing Company circa 1971

Scranton Manufacturing and New Way have long conducted business according to our homegrown values: offer the highest-quality product for the customer, provide impeccable service, and treat the customer with respect.

New Way Trucks is still headquartered in Scranton, Iowa with manufacturing facilities in nearby Carroll and, as of January 2020, a 152,000 square foot operation in Booneville, Mississippi. New Way began operations at another manufacturing facility in the same Booneville industrial park in 2021. The 66,000 square foot plant is home to a subassembly manufacturing operation that supports all New Way facilities in Iowa and Mississippi.

Mike McLaughlin, Jonathon McLaughlin, Kim McLaughlin-Goetsch, and Steve Goetsch at New Way Trucks Booneville, MS facility
50+ years after our founding, Scranton Manufacturing is still family-owned and operated by the McLaughlin family. Pictured from right-to-left are Mike McLaughlin (CEO), Johnathon McLaughlin (Chief Manufacturing Officer), Kim McLaughlin-Goetsch (Chief Impact Officer), and Steve Goetsch (COO).

All of us at New Way are excited for what the future holds as we continue to be a major player in the solid waste industry not only in North America, but throughout the world.

Jonathon McLaughlin, Mike McLaughlin, and John McLaughlin

The McLaughlin Family has continually provided values-driven leadership across generations. Pictured from left-to-right are Johnathon (Chief Manufacturing Officer), Mike (CEO), and John (Founder). Since 1971, the McLaughlin family has presided over a diversified portfolio of businesses that have grown to include refuse and recycling equipment, animal control and mobile veterinary equipment, new and used automotive sales, automotive parts and car care products distribution and sales. To learn more about McLaughlin Family Companies, visit

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