World's Largest Heavy-duty Trucking Event

by Jana Ritter - Published: 3/15/2013

Billed as the “world’s largest heavy-duty trucking event”, more than 70,000 trucking industry professionals from around the world are expected to attend the 42nd annual Mid-America Trucking Show March 21-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Kentucky State Fair Board estimated the event’s local economic impact at more than $14 million.


The Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the industry's most highly attended events because it is much more than a tradeshow. It is the annual forum for the heavy-duty trucking industry, providing face-to-face interaction between industry representatives and trucking professionals. More than 1,000 exhibitors will showcase trucking products from tires to trailers and the show offers many other things including opportunities to network with Fortune 500 companies, a forum for fleet executives, seminars and a concert headlined by Randy Houser and The Diesel Outlaws.

Although the trade show is an industry-only event and not intended for the general public, the many aspects of the event and all of its related activity will occupy nearly all of the exhibit space at the fairgrounds. Attendees are driven to MATS because they can efficiently research the latest products and services to provide their business with a competitive edge. Exhibitors participate in MATS to effectively introduce new offerings, increase brand awareness, promote products and connect with suppliers, customers, and prospects.

Exhibitors will include all major truck and engine manufacturers, trailer manufacturers and other product and service providers. The event also offers its attendees with informative, constructive, and trucking-oriented seminars. Providing must know information essential to today's trucking industry, these seminars are invaluable for the companies, fleets, and individuals who are able to attend them. The seminars cover the full range of current and critical issues affecting the trucking industry that include; inspections and requirements for commercial goods entering Canada, FMCSA Medical Programs Update, FMCSA Hours of Service, Pre/Post-Trip Inspection Training and the Impact of $75,000 Broker Bond on Trucking Industry American Consumer.

This year's MATS will also host its Fleet Forum conference for fleet executives and Heavy Duty/Commercial Vehicle industry VIPs. The forum will combine the resources and expertise of trucking's two major publications (Fleet Owner & Heavy Duty Trucking) and the largest trade show, to provide an in-depth look at the future of equipment and trucking.

It's become common knowledge that MATS is the place to be if you want to conduct business in the trucking industry. Its not only where the industry comes together, its where attendees network with Fortune 500 companies, where media outlets from around the world go to report on the business of trucking, and where trucking business gets done.