Ferro To Speak at 2014 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show

by Jana Ritter - Published: 12/30/2013

Despite being in the hot seat over the FMCSA's new HOS Rules since they were implemented July 1st, 2013, Anne Ferro (FMCSA's administrator) will face the crowd of truck drivers as the featured speaker at the 2014 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014, at the Peoria Civic Center. The 50th anniversary event has Ferro scheduled to speak at the opening session and she plans to update truck operators on FMCSA's regulatory agenda as well as on what's ahead for the industry.

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Don Schaefer, Mid-West Truckers Association president predicts that Anne Ferro will have plenty to talk about and those in the trucking industry, from agricultural and all products to short-haul to over-the-road, will have plenty to hear.  Schaefer also said that the 2014 Show, held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Mid-West Truckers Association, is continuing to grow with more exhibitors and featured events such as the Truckers Pride Truck Beauty Contest for work and show trucks. The Truckers Pride Truck Beauty Contest includes an antique truck category and a People's Choice Award, voted by all attendees. Truck entries will be accepted at

“The 2014 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show includes expanded displays, programs and space for nearly 200 exhibitors to help truck operators move ahead in a complex market while facing the challenges of changing regulations, an uncertain economy and increased costs,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer added that truck show attendees will see displays of the newest tractors, trailers, engines, parts, accessories, communication and computer equipment, tires, lubricants, services and much more. Back for a return engagement is the Trucker's Pinewood Derby, where big truckers and little truckers can build their own model racing rig and run on a certified Pinewood Derby track, Schaefer said, adding that all entry fees go to Special Olympics.

In addition to Ferro, there will be many other representatives of all state and federal government agencies that deal with the trucking industry available to answer questions. Even better, is that admission to the show is free with promotional tickets available from most Midwest industry suppliers or online at

The Peoria Civic Center is located at 201 S.W. Jefferson Street, just off Interstate 74 in downtown Peoria. Ample truck access and parking is available.

Show hours will be Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.