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NTEA Hosts Annual Work Truck Show, Innovation Awards

Mon March 19, 2018 - Northeast Edition #6
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Hino Vice President of Customer Experience, Glenn Ellis, discusses the company’s big move with its introduction of trucks in the Class 7 to 8 weight segment.
Hino Vice President of Customer Experience, Glenn Ellis, discusses the company’s big move with its introduction of trucks in the Class 7 to 8 weight segment.
Hino Vice President of Customer Experience, Glenn Ellis, discusses the company’s big move with its introduction of trucks in the Class 7 to 8 weight segment. Jen Strelcheck, product manager of Boss Snowplow Company, goes over a number of recent product innovations with attendees.  Dejana Trucks & Utility Equipment’s Rich Idtensohn demonstrates the benefits offered by the company’s  internal ladder rack in terms of  reduced wind resistance and security. Ray Nunez, Western Products, speaks with attendees about the company’s  Contractor Grade Wide-Out XL snow plow Valk Manufacturing’s Mackenzie Valk and Ken Keyton welcome attendees to their equipment display at the show. (L-R): Frank Flores, Mark Wagner and John McCoy, all of Kenworth Truck Company,  showcase the company’s work trucks at the event. 
 Andy Saltzman, Buyers Products, introduces attendees to the company’s new line of straight side backpack truck boxes. Unique Truck Accessories’ Greg Chamberlain was on hand to discuss the company’s line of aluminum cargo management equipment. 
 Chris Baker (L) and Jason Farmer, both of M.H. Eby Inc., Blue Ball, Pa., showcase the company’s products at the annual show. Eric Schoenfeld (L) and Eric Norman, both of Auto Truck Group, answer questions about the company’s truck bodies at the show.  Manning the Thunder Creek booth are Steven Ile, Dan Nibe and Bill Elverman.  (L-R): Bill Lyons, Otto Schmid and Bryan Allen, all of Fuso Truck of America, discuss the company’s roll out plans for its new electric eCanter medium-duty truck. (L-R) are Tony Bass, Super Lawn Trucks Inc., Fort Valley, Ga., and Harrison Wessinger, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. and Brian Costigan, HFI Truck Center, Mountainside, N.J. The Rush Truck Center display. The CM Truck Beds display. The Palfinger display. The Fisher Snow Plows display. John Ruppert, Ford Motor Company’s general manager of commercial vehicle sales and marketing, touts the technological innovations engineered into the new 2019 Transit Connect cargo van (L-R): Grant Morgan of Wilcox Bodies Ltd.;  James Brown, Cannon Engineering & Equipment; and Joe Medeiros, also of Wilcox Bodies Ltd., discuss the company’s custom fabricated truck bodies. (L-R) are J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers’ Larry Faidley, and J&J Truck Equipment’s David Spear, and Bill Miller. 
 Rondo Ziegler (L), Rondo Enterprises, reviews Hiniker’s Torsion Trip Edge scoop plow with Hiniker Company’s Mark Miller. (L-R): Regis Sherry, Jason Ritchey and Ralph Dodge, all of Curry Supply Company, stand ready to answer questions at Peterbilt Motor Company’s booth where a Curry Supply water truck was prominently on display.  Fisher Engineering’s Norm Klimko (L) and Tyler Jones, speak with attendees about the company’s new heavy contractor plow and the next generation of its XLS expandable wing plows. 
 Brian Heffron and David Phillips, both of Omaha Standard Palfinger, field questions about the company’s new PAL Pro 20 mechanics body.

The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) held its annual Work Truck Show in conjunction with the Green Truck Summit on March 6 to 9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Recognized as North America's largest annual work truck event, fleet managers, truck equipment distributors, upfitters and truck dealers attend the show to meet and network with suppliers and peers while gaining insights into the latest equipment innovations and market trends.

The new NTEA Fleet Technical Congress conducted educational sessions throughout the four-day event and provided fleet managers an opportunity to learn about new technologies, as well as business development and management skills. Attendees of the sessions earned International Association for Continuing Education and Training certified continuing education units (CEUs).

More than 500 companies presented their products and services throughout more than 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibit hall space. A stand out feature of this year's show was the number of significant new product launches, with more than 100 exhibiting companies introducing commercial vehicles and equipment during the event. Among the many announcements was Chevrolet's new 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD medium-duty trucks available in a wide range of configurations.

Ford used the event to launch its updated Ford Transit Connect cargo van with a host of new safety features including its new pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a lane keeping system to help drivers avoid lane drift and adaptive cruise control.

Hino, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp., announced its move into larger trucks with the introduction of vehicles in Class 7 to 8 weight segment expected to be ready for delivery in early 2019.

In addition, The Work Truck Show Innovation Awards, selected by a panel of trade media editors and truck fleet managers, from a field of more than 150 eligible products highlighted at the show were presented during the event.

Award winners included:

  • CARR, for the company's new Factory Step, providing safer, more efficient and ergonomic entry and exit access from the Ford Transit full-size
  • J.W. Speaker Corporation, for its Model 8910 Evolution 2 LED headlight with an integrated temperature sensing lens heater to melt snow and ice
  • Workhorse, for its W-15 Pickup Truck, the first OEM offered plug-in, battery-electric, range-extended pickup, with a 2,200 pound payload and 5,000 pounds of towing capability, the truck will be available in 2019

Established in 1964, the National Truck Equipment Association represents more than 1,500 manufacturers, distributors and installers involved with the work truck and trailer industry. As well as producing the annual Work Truck Show, the association provides technical information, education and member programs and services in support and advocacy for the work truck and trailer industry.


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