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Organizers Say Mid-America Trucking Show Will Remain Annual


Young by John Sommers II for Transport Topics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Mid-America Trucking Show will maintain its annual schedule for the “foreseeable future,” the president of Exhibit Management Associates told Transport Topics.

“We are happy where we are at given the challenging year, and we are really looking forward to 2017,” Toby Young said in an April 1 interview at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

In response to a question about whether he was certain there would be a show next year, Young responded: “Without a doubt 2017 and a 2018 and a 2019. MATS will continue to be annual for the foreseeable future.”

He added: "This is the show for the industry — the annual forum. We want everybody here that we can get here.“

During the 45th annual Mid-America Trucking Show, held March 31-April 2, there were about 1,100 exhibitors and an estimated attendance of more than 70,000. (Update, April 6: Organizers reported 74,937 attendees and 1,102 exhibitors.) However, all of the truck manufacturers were absent, as well as engine maker Cummins Inc. and a number of trailer makers and other large industry suppliers.

Young said he “would love to have the truck manufacturers in the show,” but “exhibitor sentiment has been strong,” and he said he was happy with the results.

“Obviously it is a different show without the truck manufacturers, but everybody we’re speaking with is saying it has been a great show for them,” Young said.

 

VIDEO: Attendees share thoughts on MATS 2016

Daimler Trucks North America was the first to pull out of the show last May. DTNA President Martin Daum told TT in an exclusive interview the company wanted to focus attention on the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany and called for MATS to move to a biennial schedule because “we have longer investment cycles. It is not that easy to every year make a big splash.”

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By Neil Abt
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