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The NTEA held its annual Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana recently. The show was the largest in terms of space in its history as for 2017 it expanded and occupied all available space at the convention center.

Close to 12,000 vocational vehicle and trade professionals attended the show from across the U.S., Puerto Rico and 22 countries. Over 500 companies exhibited products, and attendees included representatives from truck OEMs, upfitters, body and equipment manufacturers, vehicle modifiers, dealers, distributors and fleet customers.

“There was a lot of energy in the building,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “Attendees were excited to check out the latest trucks, equipment and technology on the exhibit floor, to test new vehicles during the ride-and-drive and to take advantage of more than 60 learning opportunities throughout the week.”

Products and technologies from a wide variety of companies were on display. Advances in work truck efficiencies were highlighted, and included electrification, light weighting, augmented reality, solar power, and diesel, gasoline and advanced fuel powertrains.

The President’s Breakfast and NTEA annual meeting featured NFL Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long providing the keynote address. As always education sessions were part of the show and some of this years notables were on recruiting and retaining millennials, implementing lean processes, rapid prototyping and fleet management. Green Truck Summit was also once again part of the Work Truck Show.

“The Green Truck Summit is unique because it brings together industry, academia and regulators to find the common ground moving forward,” Carey said. This year’s event featured representatives from California Air Resources Board, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Transport Canada, Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presenting alongside leading OEM engineers and fleet customers.

The 2018 Work Truck Show will once again take place in Indianapolis on March 6–9, 2018.

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