MATS 2015 Preview
We’re outpacing any year in MATS history

By Tyson Fisher, staff writer

With spring comes the wave of truck shows, including the highly anticipated 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show, which will run March 26-28 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. As always, attendees can expect big things this year.

The show was founded and is produced by Exhibit Management Associates Inc. of Louisville. According to its president, Toby Young, 2015 is expected to be bigger and better than the year before. In fact, numbers are already well ahead of the mark, says Young.

“On the exhibitor space sales, we are outpacing any year in MATS history,” Young told Land Line. “Preregistration is about the same as it was this time last year.”

Although Young says they are not ready to release specific event details, he did express that exhibitors are excited about this year’s event, which is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. A huge array of new products and services from around the globe will be introduced. The Kentucky Expo Center features

1.2 million square feet of space, all under one roof.

Seminars, truck beauty championships, forums, food, music and much more is in the planning stages. Concert announcements have yet to be made, but attendees can expect to see some recognizable names and a great show traditionally scheduled for Friday night, March 27, at Freedom Hall. Watch for details in the next issue of Land Line.

Behind the West Wing in Lot J, the 26th Annual Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship will be hosting a large showing of trucks, all competing for their share of the prizes. PKY Manager Bud Farquhar says there are two new classes in the contest in 2015 for dump and tow trucks.

OOIDA will have several booths onsite in the same locations as last year, including Booth 11128 in the North Wing, Booth 65229 in the West Wing, and Booth 40460 in the North Wing Lobby. Jon Osburn and “The Spirit” tour truck will be settled in at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium lot where more festivities are planned by truckers.

Land Line Magazine staff will again cover the event with their award-winning blog – “The Pork Chop Diaries.” OOIDA’s radio show will also be broadcasting its daily Sirius XM show from the Expo Center. Host Mark Reddig and the “Land Line Now” crew will be situated at Booth 40460 broadcasting interviews and its daily show.

Free online registration for MATS is open until Feb. 25. After that date, you can still register online for $10 or purchase a ticket at the door for $10. LL