What to Know About the 2019 Work Truck Show

Get ready… the Work Truck Show is coming back in March! The show, put on by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), is set for March, in Indianapolis. And, it already has a full schedule planned.

This is North America’s largest assembly of vocational trucks and equipment. In 2018, a record-breaking 13,570 industry professionals attended the show. Now, the NTEA plans to expand their available educational opportunities!

As Steve Carey, NTEA president and CEO, stated: “Nowhere else can attendees compare vocational truck products from hundreds of exhibiting companies, network with their peers and learn about the industry’s latest advances and trends all in one place.” Essentially, it is the best place for commercial truck owners to get up to date on the latest changes in the industry. And this year? The NTEA planned plenty of new educational events for just this purpose.

Events to Look Out For

For one, there is the new Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference. The NTEA designed the conference to help commercial truck manufacturers, distributors, upfitters, and body builders of all sizes. It’ll teach how to improve manufacturing efficiency, as well as business results. They’ll do this using the latest techniques and technology.

As Doyle Sumrall, NTEA’s managing director, states: “Attendees will come away from this event with resources and ideas they can put into practice to accelerate their business success.” Stan Stanford, the general manger of Parker Hannifin, is set to deliver the keynote address.

In addition, the NTEA is offering registrants the option to attend the Green Truck Summit and Fleet Technical Congress. These events run at the same time, but registrants can switch back and forth between them based on the topics they are interested in. This also allows attendees to build their schedules around the topics that are pertinent to them and their businesses.

Additionally, the Green Truck Summit focuses on the technology advances in alternative fuels and the move toward zero-emissions work trucks. Then, the Fleet Technical Congress focuses on the main issues impacting the vocational fleet community.

So, check out the whole list of events and sessions here! It is clear that the Work Truck Show is going to have some great information for everyone in the trucking industry. Which events are you excited about?

Dog Rescued in Snowstorm with Trucker’s Help!

A starving German Shepherd, missing since September, was found and saved from winter storms this week! A deputy, with the help from a local truck driver, saved the dog. According to Snohomish County sheriff officials, Deputy Ron Doersch decided to return to Gold Bar by way of Reiter Road. Usually, he would avoid this path because of logging in the area, as well as the less-than-ideal weather conditions. For some reason, Doersch felt compelled to go back this way… which led to the dog rescue!

Perhaps instinctually he knew someone needed his help. That someone was the German Shepherd, who he spotted running through the woods. He could tell that the dog was suffering from health issues and starving. When he first attempted to call the dog to him, the dog didn’t respond.

But, luckily for everyone involved, truckers came by from Buck Thomas trucking company and stopped to help. The crew were transporting logs along the same road. One of the truck drivers gave up his sandwich, saved for lunch, to try to lure the dog over to the Deputy’s truck.

Reunited with Family

And… miraculously, it worked! The starving dog was tempted by the sandwich and finally approached the men and the vehicle. Luckily for the dog, and thanks to her owners who had her microchipped, Doersch was able to find her home.

The owners, living in Monroe, claimed that the dog ran away back in September. They had hoped the microchip would aid in finding her at some point in the future… and luckily, it worked!

After bringing her to Pilchuck Animal Hospital in Snohomish, Doersch contacted the family. With the help of shelter crews, they expect that the dog should make a full recovery and can be reunited with her family.

This is why most pet owners are encouraged to use these microchips, which help locate lost animals throughout the country. What do you think of this lucky dog’s rescue?