The Transport Industry

The Mid-America Trucking Show is the transport industrys largest heavy duty trucking event. Since it first began in 1972, the event has grown tremendously, now attracting 80,000 attendees to the three-day festivities.

The 2015 Mid-America Trucking show will be held from March 26-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and you can find registration informationhere. Entrance is free if you register online before February 25 and tickets cost $10 afterward, either through online registration or at the door. The event is only open to members and professionals within the transport and trucking industry.

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With over 1,000 exhibitors and more than one million square feet of floor space, the event has something for everyone, which is part of the reason it attracts people from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. The following includes a selection of the best of the events from the show with a brief description of each.

MATS Concert Each year, those in attendance are invited to enjoy a free concert put on by event sponsors at the Kentucky Expo Centers Freedom Hall. The 2014 concert was headlined by Grammy winning country music artist, Gretchen Wilson. Passes for the Friday concert are given out at sponsor booths starting the day before the performance. As of this writing, the headliner for the 2015 event has not been announced.

Fleet Forum The Fleet Forum is a conference for transport industry executives and VIPs in which they discuss current issues, new technology, and ways to improve efficiency and accountability. The 2014 event included apanel discussionregarding the new electronic logging devices (ELD), which were part of a proposal by U.S. Department of Transportation to improve driver compliance and safety.

PKY Truck Beauty One of the big attractions of the Mid-America Trucking Show is the PKY Truck Beauty Championship, which is named after event founder, Paul K. Young. Entrants compete for a variety of prizes, including awards for Peoples Choice, Best in Class, Best of Show, as well as other categories. The competition usually draws around 100 of the top heavy-duty show trucks in the country and is held in Lot J.

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Seminars A series of free seminars for industry professionals are also offered during the three-day event. Past topics that have been covered during the seminars include driver sleep apnea, pre-transport inspections, training standards and driver compliance. No registration is required to attend and seminars are held in the South wing of the conference center.

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