MATS 2003 management: attendance up by 2,000

| Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Exhibit Management Associates Inc., producers of the Mid-America Trucking Show, report the numbers are in on MATS 2003, and the recent show held at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville was a resounding success.

The show welcomed 1,037 exhibiting companies from 44 states and 11 foreign countries. It encompassed more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. By the end of Saturday, 70,197 individuals from all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries had filled the aisles to capacity.

In light of recent developments in the Middle East, show management was overjoyed with the turnout. Attendance increased by more than 2,000, and the number of exhibitors increased by more than 5 percent.

"We were extremely pleased with the increase in attendee and exhibitor participation, especially considering the current state of our national economy and our country's involvement in Operation Iraqi Freedom," Tim Young, president of EMA, said.

Three days of great weather allowed attendees to enjoy all of the various indoor and outdoor show features including: The Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Championship, The AmeriSearch Talent Search, The Expedite InfoCenter, The Mid-America Recruitment Center and Mid-America's Internet and Technology Center, to name a few. Celebrities including Mario Andretti, Pam Tillis, Ricky Craven, Michael Waltrip, Tanya Tucker and more made appearances throughout the show. The show received rave reviews from both attendees and exhibitors.

The dates for the 33rd annual Mid-America Trucking Show are March 25-27, 2004.

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