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Fri April 01, 2011 - Midwest Edition
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(L-R): Ronald Wright, Mike Richardson and Bob Hall of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers greet attendees to the company’s exhibit.
(L-R): Ronald Wright, Mike Richardson and Bob Hall of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers greet attendees to the company’s exhibit.
(L-R): Ronald Wright, Mike Richardson and Bob Hall of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers greet attendees to the company’s exhibit. Palfinger’s Darrell Messman (L) and Shane McDermott get a chance to talk about the new PK 14002-EH crane. Mark Partlow (L) and Mark Zipse welcome attendees to IMT’s display. Gary Young (L) and Frank Dickinson of Buyers Products show off their new SnowDogg municipal-sized snowplow. (L-R): Rob Ricard, Andy O’Donnell and Bobby O’Donnell of Valley Ford Truck Inc. are ready to answer any questions. (L-R): Towmaster Incorporated’s Tom Gertgen, Dave Lundin and Tim Erickson introduce the company’s new trailer and dump body at the show. (L-R): Pro-Tech’s Joe Guerino, Mike Holihan and Tony Conte are ready to discuss the several new products featured at the show, including a new snow broom and snow blower for skid steers. (L-R): Bernie May of Mountain Tarp gets an assist from distributor H.D. Marketing’s Ken Cobb, Bill Jones of Mountain Tarp, and Bill Gilbert of H.D. Marketing. Dan Acton (L) and Andrew Beach of Pro-Vision Video Systems took time out from talking safety issues to pose for a photo.

The 47th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention in conjunction with the Work Truck Show was held March 8 to 10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Billed as North America’s largest work truck show, the event drew more than 10,000 attendees, spanned 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and featured more than 500 exhibitors. Among the highlights of the event were more than 80 new product launches focusing on vocational trucks and transportation equipment from Classes 1 to 8, including chassis, bodies, components and accessories.

Along with the new product launches there were more than 40 intensive training programs covering topics as truck upfitting, regulatory compliance and business management.

The Green Truck Summit also was held in conjunction with the conference and show. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland, launched the summit, delivering the keynote address. The sold-out event provided information about deployment and application of green technologies and its impact on commercial trucks. The half-day event included an opportunity for attendees to test drive hybrid and alternative fuel commercial vehicles.