Big news for professional drivers: the 24th annual Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) is coming to the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, March 21st through the 23rd!  This is one of the biggest trucking-related events in the country, and this year promises to be extra special.  There will be seminars, demonstrations, and representatives from Fortune 500 companies.  The show will also host a giant music concert and the famous Truck Beauty Championship, where show vehicles from across North America vie for the chance to be honored.  Over 80,000 attendees are expected.

We’ll be there with our partner Getloaded – come visit us at Booth 68084 located in the West Wing. We’d love to meet you and get a chance to talk about how TruckingOffice and Getloaded work for you.

A number of workshops dealing with topics like the economy, fleet innovations, trucking management, and the movement towards using natural gas instead of diesel will be open to attendees.  Among the speakers is Kenny Vieth, president and chief analyst of ACT Research; ACT is an economic forecasting firm that specializes in understanding and predicting the economic factors that impact the trucking industry.  Sam Thomas, CEO of Chart Industries, and Jim Park, equipment editor of Fleet Magazine, will be speaking as well.  The future of the trucking industry will be a major focus of this year’s seminars.

Representatives from hundreds of trucking and transportation-related firms are coming, including officials from truck manufacturers, engine and parts wholesalers, and transport companies of all sizes.  The various vendors and exhibitors will occupy over 1 million square feet of floor space.

Every year, the centerpiece of the show’s entertainment is the PKY Show Truck Exposition and Contest.  Award categories include best Peterbilt, best working bobtail, best working combo, best limited mileage combo, best use of chrome and stainless steel, and most technologically advanced cab.  A concert will be held on Friday night, featuring The Diesel Outlaws and CMA, CMT, and ACM-award nominee Randy Houser!

More information, including directions, hours, and information on local hotels and other lodging, is available at the show’s official website. Hope to see you there!