Trucks are the stars at the Work Truck Show 2010 — and so is keynote speaker William Shatner
America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo., will be the center of the truck universe March 9-12. That’s when the Work Truck Show 2010 will be held in conjunction with the 46th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) convention. The convention, educational sessions, opening reception and Green Truck Summit kick off March 9.
Thousands of fleet managers, truck buyers, truck equipment manufacturers and distributors, truck dealers, leasing companies and others will converge on the Gateway City to view the latest truck technology, network with industry leaders and attend more than 40 educational programs on upfitting, spec writing and improving fleet productivity.
All things trucks will take center stage at the show, which will have more than a half-million square feet of trucks and truck equipment on display from 400 exhibitors. Not only will the exhibitors be showing their newest products, they also will be providing valuable technical and engineering support.
“The Work Truck Show has long been recognized as the best place to find the latest product and technology developments in the industry all under one roof,” said Allen Birmingham, NTEA Convention chairman and national sales manager for Phoenix-based Tommy Gate Co. “It is a cost-effective opportunity for professionals who build, upfit, use or repair vocational trucks and trailers to compare new and existing products from hundreds of exhibiting companies.”
Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner will deliver the keynote address at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 11. Shatner is an expert at taking risks in his career, which includes a broad range of roles in “Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker,” and “Boston Legal.” In his speech, Shatner will offer stories from his nearly 60 years in show business. Attendees will learn how they can apply Shatner’s experiences and risk-taking skills to find success in their own careers.
Government fleet managers will gain new knowledge at many informative Work Truck Show educational sessions. Kelly Walker, president of Dallas-based Kelly Walker Associates, will present a full-day Fleet Management symposium, “Advanced Equipment, Fleet and Shop Management,” on Tuesday, March 9. Titles of some of the other thought-provoking fleet management sessions include:
What’s Wildly Important: Using Data to Manage Fleet Costs
Fleet Management Survival Strategies for the Next Decade
Passive Telematics as a Fleet Productivity Driver
Spec’ing Truck Chassis to Match Job Requirements and Optimize Performance
Demystifying Weight Distribution Calculations for Work Trucks
Your Work Truck’s 21st Century Electrification Needs
How to Maximize Tire Life Cycles and Minimize Costs
Lots of green trucking activity at the show
The NTEA and Pasadena, Calif.-based CALSTART have joined forces to bring vocational fleet managers practical solutions for their “green” truck needs through an expanded Green Truck Summit, Green Truck Ride-and-Drive and dedicated exhibit space at The Work Truck Show.
The Summit runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (followed by a networking reception) on Tuesday, March 9, and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10.
The Green Truck Summit features 25 educational sessions that will provide information and ideas that governments can use in their truck fleets today, as well as a look forward to the technology of tomorrow. Government officials, manufacturers and seasoned fleet managers will share their real-world experiences with “going green” during the summit.
“Implementing a successful green fleet program involves much more than simply writing purchase orders for new hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles,” said Doyle Sumrall, NTEA senior director of business development. “At the Green Truck Summit, fleet managers learn how to match the appropriate clean technologies to their fleets’ drive cycles, control fuel consumption, reduce vehicle emissions, obtain state and federal assistance to pay for green technology, and compare the various alternative fuel sources currently available.”
The Green Truck Summit covers all existing environmentally friendly power sources for work trucks, including hydraulic hybrid, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, natural gas hybrid, renewable natural gas, hydrogen fuel cell, propane, biodiesel and electric drive. At The Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit, “green” goes beyond alternative fuels to encompass the range of options available to improve work truck fuel use, including lightweight bodies, auxiliary power units and idle-reduction technology. The green technology and equipment is showcased in exhibitor booths within the 500,000-square-foot display area of the Work Truck Show.
The Green Truck Ride-and-Drive will give Work Truck Show attendees the opportunity to drive or ride in alternative fuel vehicles on city streets. The Ride-and-Drive is held during show hours on Wednesday, March 10, and Thursday, March 11.
AT A GLANCE
Work Truck Show 2010
Trade Show Hours:
Wednesday, March 10
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 11
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, March 12
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.