By Joy Knesnik, NTEA Senior Communications Manager
This article was published in the July 2019 edition of NTEA News.
We’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Work Truck Show® in 2020. This event is North America’s largest gathering of vocational trucks and equipment from Classes 1–8, including chassis, bodies, components and accessories. Work Truck Week is scheduled Tuesday, March 3 through Friday, March 6, 2020 at Indiana Convention Center (Indianapolis, Indiana). Sessions, Green Truck Summit, and Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference begin March 3, and the exhibit hall is open March 4–6.
The Work Truck Show brings together everyone involved with commercial vehicles, including truck OEMs; component, body and equipment manufacturers; upfitters and vehicle modifiers, dealers and distributors; and fleet customers. One of the top 100 trade shows in the U.S., it offers industry professionals the chance to view the latest commercial vehicle products, choose from dozens of training courses and consult engineering representatives from hundreds of exhibiting companies. Attendees can talk shop with industry peers, arrange meetings with current suppliers or customers, identify solutions to technical issues, and network at special events and receptions.
A record 14,256 industry professionals from 28 countries attended WTS19. Event highlights included vehicle introductions, equipment demonstrations, expanded educational opportunities, and the broadest display of vocational trucks and equipment. Having maxed out its traditional space within Indiana Convention Center, WTS19 expanded to include a New Exhibitor Pavilion across the hall from the exhibit floor, as well as a section dedicated to manufacturing technology displays and demonstrations.
Work Truck Show 2020 will deliver custom sessions, events and opportunities. Offerings are modified based on feedback and insights from previous attendees and industry trends. Work Truck Week enables companies to accomplish an incredible amount of business in a streamlined timeframe.
Each year, a great deal of planning goes into Work Truck Show content development, ensuring a high degree of applicability and forward thinking. “As we develop educational content for The Work Truck Show 2020, we are evaluating commercial vehicle trends, ensuring our course offerings are aligned with the most important industry issues,” said David Ehrlich, NTEA director of education. “We’re committed to maintaining relevance — staying at the forefront of innovative thought while delivering practical takeaways that can be immediately applied.”
For 2020, Green Truck Summit will be held Tuesday, March 3 at the connected JW Marriott Indianapolis. The industry’s premier conference on clean energy innovation for commercial vehicles, this event brings insights on new productivity options and advanced technology implementation from fleet managers, vocational truck manufacturers, and stakeholders of various industry trade associations and professional societies.
“The upcoming Green Truck Summit is going to address the latest clean energy concepts engaged by the commercial vehicle community. This event has been well received over the years, and we have tremendous momentum building for 2020,” said George Survant, NTEA senior director of fleet relations. “The Summit’s popularity speaks to the priority our industry places on advanced technology and productivity improvement options. In these uncertain times, people understand the significance of finding cost-effective, sustainable methods to get the job done well.”
Also on March 3, NTEA will host the second Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference at Indiana Convention Center. This event offers commercial truck manufacturers, upfitters, distributors and body builders of all sizes insights on improving manufacturing efficiency and business results. Anyone who builds work trucks can discover how to make scalable new techniques, technology and processes work for them.
“We had a great start with the inaugural Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference in 2019 and got a good feel for what’s important to distributors and manufacturers. At Work Truck Show 2020, this conference will bring together outside thought leadership with practical experience from those in the field to deliver a powerful program,” said Doyle Sumrall, NTEA managing director. “Attendees will be exposed to success stories, different industry perspectives, expanded work truck capabilities, and infrastructure and funding opportunities.”
Later the same day, the opening reception will be held at JW Marriott Indianapolis. As the first major industry gathering during Work Truck Week, it’s a unique way to catch up with friends and acquaintances, and explore potential business options.
As March 2020 approaches, we’ll keep you posted on the many new and exciting activities that will be part of the 20th Work Truck Show. Stay connected on Facebook at facebook.com/theworktruckshow and Twitter @WorkTruckShow. Sign up to receive information on the event, including notice when registration and housing open in October 2019, at worktruckshow.com/wts20signup.