Fleet managers across all industries will have an ideal opportunity to learn about new trucks, truck accessories, products, and innovations at The Work Truck Show, March 7–9, at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis. The 43rd Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention and educational conference begins March 6.
More than 7000 people are expected to visit 450 suppliers. Exhibitors will be targeting fleet managers, as NTEA estimates 90% of the show's attendees have final purchasing authority.
According to research by Hanley Wood LLC, publisher of PUBLIC WORKS magazine, the average PUBLIC WORKS reader has approximately 89 light- to medium-duty trucks in his fleet. The numbers indicate that the Work Truck Show is the ideal venue for fleet managers or anyone else with an interest in these vehicles.
The educational conference includes 40 training sessions covering fleet management, business management, distributor-specific issues, and technical topics, as well as techniques for increasing productivity, efficiency, and profitability. A daylong Fleet Management Symposium focusing on financial and operational practices to reduce costs and increase shop labor productivity takes place Tuesday, March 6.
With greater attention on fuel prices and vehicle gas mileage, attendees may want to attend the Hybrid Truck and Alternative Fuels Summit, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Experts will give updates on this important technology. A one-hour reception for its attendees will be held at the summit's conclusion.
In addition to a vast array of new products, seven chassis manufacturers—Dodge, Ford Commercial Truck, GM Fleet & Commercial, International Truck and Engine, Isuzu Commercial Truck, Kenworth, and Sterling—will unveil new vocational trucks.
Two special guests are slated to speak at the event. Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani will give the keynote address at the President's Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting, 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. Ken Schmidt, former Harley-Davidson executive and communications expert, headlines the NTEA Convention Business Forum, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, March 9.
On the following pages of this edition of TruckWorks, our editors share some of the highlights from the Work Truck Show exhibition—dump bodies, service bodies, and a wide array of tools and accessories. For a complete schedule, a list of exhibitors, educational events, and registration, visit www.ntea.com.