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March 27, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Celebrates Third Year

A TMAF trailer wrap was featured on a Jet Express rig in the display area outside the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: Jim Park

Trucking Moves America Forward gave an update on its efforts to promote a positive trucking image at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Trucking Moves America Forward, Public Relations, MATS, Image

March 27, 2017 - Industry News

Optimism Spurs Increased Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Predictions

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

There was a sense of optimism in the air at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last week. As truck makers and suppliers made their presentations to the trucking press, many said thanks to solid economic indicators, truck orders are higher than they would have predicted just three to six months ago.

Tags: Economy, Class 8, Truck Sales, MATS

March 24, 2017 - Product News

Pirelli Showcases U.S. Commercial Tire Lineup

Photo: Pirelli

Following its announcement last year that it would enter the commercial truck tire market here, Pirelli is showing its commercial tire product lineup at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Tires, MATS, Pirelli

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear Names 34th Highway Hero at MATS

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

David Webb of Billings, Montana, accepted the 34th Goodyear Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show for saving the life of an incapacitated driver.

Tags: Driver Safety, Goodyear, Truck Drivers, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS, Image

March 23, 2017 - Industry News

Wabco Reveals Technology Showcase Trailer

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Wabco is debuting its interactive Technology Showcase Trailer for the first time at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show to highlight company innovations.

Tags: Trailers, Brakes, Wabco, MATS

March 23, 2017 - Product News

Thermo King Debuts 3 New Power-Management Solutions

Thermo King Electric Power Jack Charger Photos: Thermo King

Thermo King debuted three new power-management solutions at the Mid-America Trucking Show to address increasing demands for power on the road for a wide spectrum of transport needs.

Tags: Charger, Thermo King, Reefers, Electrical System, MATS

March 23, 2017 - Product News

Falken Tires Shows Low Maintenance Concept at MATS

Photo: Falken Tires

Falken Tires displayed its Low Maintenance Concept at the Mid-America Trucking Show, highlighting the development and production techniques it uses to improve mileage, wear, durability and low-rolling resistance.

Tags: Falken Tire Corp., Tires, MATS

March 23, 2017 - Product News

Ingersoll Axle Launches New Steer Axle and Suspension Lines

Photo: Ingersoll Axle by Dexter

Ingersoll Axle by Dexter is launching the Smart-Steer 2.0 steer axle and Smart-Axl integrated suspension, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Suspensions, Axles, Ingersoll, MATS

March 22, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt Returns to MATS, Predicts 15% Market Share for 2017

More than 70% of Peterbilt's production in 2016 were Models 579 and 567.

Kyle Quinn, Paccar senior vice president and Peterbilt general manager see a good year ahead for Peterbilt, with gains in market share coming on a strengthening economy.

Tags: Peterbilt, MATS, Paccar

March 22, 2017 - Product News

Kenworth Makes Bendix Wingman Advanced Standard for T680

Photo: Kenworth

Ahead of the upcoming Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth has announced that the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation system will be standard on the T680, beginning July 1.

Tags: Kenworth, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, T680, MATS

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

MATS Returns this Week, Bringing Back Some Major OEMs

Photo: Mid-America Trucking Show

The Mid-America Trucking Show returns this week, going from March 23-25 in Louisville, Ky., and this year it once again features several major manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting new technology and equipment.

Tags: Events, OEMs, MATS

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear Announces Highway Hero Award Finalists

Last year's Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Julian Kaczor. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Goodyear Tire& Rubber has announced the finalists for its 34th Goodyear Highway Hero Award, honoring truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

Tags: Goodyear, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth, Peterbilt Return to MATS for 2017

Photo courtesy of Paccar

After a year in which none of the major Class 8 OEMs exhibited at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Kenworth and Peterbilt announced that they will return to the show for 2017.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Industry Event, OEMs, MATS, Events

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

MATS Organizers React to Announcement of New Competing Truck Show

Even though it may not have the presence of at least some of the major truck OEMs next year, Mid-America Trucking Show organizers say they will continue to put on what is in reality a national and international show, despite the name, and offer a broader audience for supplier and manufacturer exhibitors.

Tags: Events, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

IdleAir Responds to Challenge of Lower Diesel Prices

IdleAir installation at the Transportadora EGOBA terminal in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Photo: IdleAir

With diesel prices hovering around $2 per gallon, a near 50% drop since mid-2014, the idle-reduction industry has faced a challenging economic environment, causing IdleAir to streamline its services.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Idle Reduction, IdleAir, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Industry News

Drivewyze Calculates Money Saved by Bypassing Weigh Stations

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Drivewyze, which offers weigh station bypass via an app on a smartphone or tablet, says it’s now able to do some interesting analytics of all the data collected from three years’ worth of operation, including how much fleets save by bypassing weigh stations.

Tags: Drivewyze, Analytics, Weigh Stations, MATS

April 5, 2016 - Product News

Wabco-SmartDrive System Uses Video Analytics

Wabco’s next generation OnLane lane departure warning system features a new, high-resolution camera integrated with a SmartDrive video-based driver performance management system to reduce instances of wandering and unsafe maneuvers.

Tags: Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Meritor Wabco, Wabco, MATS, SmartDrive

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Firms Pledge Support for Guard, Reserve Employees

Employer reps sign their statements near the conclusion of the event. Photo: Bud Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Scores of trucking company representatives joined counterparts from associations and service providers in affirming their backing of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces by signing a pledge at a meeting during the Mid-America Trucking Show last week.

Tags: Veterans, Employee Morale, Hiring our Heroes, Hiring Veterans, MATS

April 4, 2016 - Industry News

Reactions: Mid-America Trucking Show Without the Truck Makers

While the truck makers were not at Mid-America this year, there were still quite a few trucks, including in this dealer showcase in the South Hall where the truck makers have traditionally had their booths. Photo by Tom Berg.

What did exhibitors and attendees think of the Mid-America Trucking Show with the truck original equipment manufacturers not being there? We asked a number of them what they thought and how this year’s show was going for them:

Tags: Events, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Goodyear Highway Hero Winner Pulled Motorist From a Burning Car

From L-R – Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award: Mike Cavanagh, winner Julian Kaczor, and Dorian Cole pose with Kaczor’s commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring. Photo: Goodyear

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Truck driver Julian Kaczor of Utica, N.Y., named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero for pulling an injured motorist from a burning car, used the honor to deliver an important safety message.

Tags: Drivers, Awards, Goodyear Highway Hero, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Product News

BlackBerry Offers Asset Tracking for Trucking

Screenshot via BlackBerry YouTube Channel

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Communications company BlackBerry has introduced an end-to-end tracking system for trucking companies and private fleet operators called BlackBerry Radar.

Tags: Asset Management, Blackberry, Asset Tracking, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Product News

Rand McNally Introduces Low-Cost, Plug-and-Play ELD

The ELD 50 plugs easily into the port under the dash.

LOUISVILLE, KY — Saying it is a solution to many of the “cons” of electronic logging devices, Rand McNally Thursday introduced the ELD 50, a simple, low-cost electronic logging option, at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Rand McNally, ELDs, MATS

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

Trucking Moves America Forward Reports on Image Movement Progress

Kevin Burch gives an update on TMAF progress.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry-wide image and education movement, reported significant achievements in the past year in its mission to change the public perception of the trucking industry.

Tags: Image, Trucking Moves America Forward, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Industry News

It's All About People Power for HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators

From left, Jim Park, Randy McGregor, Gerry Mead, Joyce Brenny and Bob Poulos. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

LOUISVILLE, KY — When you think of innovation, you may automatically think of technology. But a panel of HDT’s Truck Fleet Innovators Wednesday revealed that in many cases, it’s really all about people.

Tags: Fleet Forum, Driver Shortage, Fleet Innovators, Technicians, MATS

March 30, 2016 - Product News

DAT to Debut New Version of Trucker App at MATS

Photo: DAT Solutions

DAT Solutions is debuting a new version of its DAT Trucker mobile app, a driver trip planner with features like the locations of safe Walmart parking and CAT scales, and a loadboard.

Tags: Parking, Mid-America Trucking Show, CAT Scale, DAT Solutions, MATS, Mobile Apps

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