MATS 2014 promises to be 'bigger and better'

By Land Line staff | Thursday, January 02, 2014

Organizers with the Mid-America Trucking Show say the 2014 edition will be bigger and better than ever.

“It’s going to be bigger and better than the prior year,” said MATS spokesman Toby Young. “Everything is tracking up, and everything that we’re hearing from our exhibiting companies and attendees is it’s going to be another great event highlighting the latest goings-on of the industry.”

Young said one reason for optimism that the show’s turnout will be even larger than its typical 70,000 attendees is registration for the show is already increased compared to previous years.

While Young said the show is still in the process of finalizing some of the major announcements for this year’s event, which runs March 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., participants can expect to see a wide variety of products, services and informational materials.

“We’ll have specialized areas of the show dedicated to hot topics within the industry,” Young said. “Lots of education seminars, networking opportunities … lots of press conferences, (product) unveils, events like that.”

Along with the tradeshow and truck show components, MATS also provides a forum for the industry to meet face-to-face with trucking professionals. Several other major announcements, including the annual Goodyear Highway Hero awards, are presented during the festivities.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also used the event to solicit input on policy from the industry. According to another industry source, FMCSA is expected to hold the second in a series of public listening sessions during this year’s show. Details are still being finalized.

“We’re hoping it will be here once again, but we haven’t finalized anything yet,” Young said “A lot of those, what are becoming perennial events, should be there. We’re expecting here in the next three or four weeks we’ll have more announcements.”

Another annual event underway at the grassroots level will be the “Big Rig of Change”, a fundraising campaign to raise 80,000 pounds of spare change to donate to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund.

OOIDA will have several booths on-site as well, including Booth 11128 in the North Wing, Booth 40460 in the North Lobby, and Booth 65229 in the West Wing. Jon Osborn and the Spirit Tour Truck will be in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium lot.

Land Line Magazine staff will be blogging from the event, and “Land Line Now” will be conducting interviews and doing daily broadcasts from the North Lobby booth as well.

Look for more details on the MATS website.

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