Record Crowds Attend 52nd Annual NTEA Work Truck Show

The National Truck Equipment Association held its Annual Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 1 to 4.

📅   Fri March 25, 2016 - National Edition


Larry Faidley (L) and Ron Wright, both of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, enjoy speaking with attendees about the company’s horizontal ejector body.
Larry Faidley (L) and Ron Wright, both of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, enjoy speaking with attendees about the company’s horizontal ejector body.
Larry Faidley (L) and Ron Wright, both of J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, enjoy speaking with attendees about the company’s horizontal ejector body. 
Frank Dickenson goes over the features of this municipal dump spreader. Buyers Products unveiled three new products at the show. 
Dennis Roberts (L) and Len Puccio, both of DewEze Manufacturing, welcome attendees to their equipment display.
Palfinger’s Mike Doerfler demonstrates the company’s new tailgate lift.
Olgher Reverberi of Maxlift Crane USA stands by the company’s Cobra 4400 Maxlift service crane at the show.
(L-R): Steve Grunlund, Mark Klossner and Jon Coyne, all of Boss Snowplow, present the BOSS EXT hydraulic controlled snowplow, which  is capable of expanding from 8 to 10 ft. (2.4 to 3 m) with an LED headlight as standard equipment. Transfer Flow’s Warren Johnson highlights the features of Bo Knapheide (L), senior vice president of fleet operation, and “Knap” Knapheide, founder, president and owner of Knapheide Manufacturing Company.
Srikanth Padmanabhan, vice president engine business of Cummins Inc., introduces several new product innovations at the show, including the company’s latest in the B series medium duty engines, the 2017 B6.7 vocational L9 engine.
Mandar Dighe, vice president of marketing of Knapheide, announces the company’s new logo, branding and “Never Settle” campaign.  
Mark Miller (L), director of marketing, and John Berlowski, national sales manager of Hiniker Snowplows, Mankato, Minn., display their new three-section trip steel edge torsion trip scoop 8 to 9 ft. (2.4 to 2.7 m) plow system. 
Billy Fossen (L), Rugby customer service manager, demonstrates the new Rugby SR-4016 truck hoist to Scott Benett of Sun Country Truck Equipment Inc., Phoenix, Ariz.
Brad Owens (L), Crysteel, Employee of the Year of Mankato, Minn., and Archie England, TBEI VP of engineering, introduce the new Crysteel aluminum landscape body.
Chad Hester (L), DuraClass customer service manager, and Glenn LaFreniere of Park City Truck Equipment show the stainless steel DuraClass sidewinder.
Doug Hauck, TBEI VP of distribution sales, reviews the Rugby aluminum titan prototype showcased at NTEA 2016. 
(L-R) are Roger Orlandi, regional sales manager, IMT; Jim Hasty, general manager, IMT; Amy Brownlee, director of finance, IMT; and Tom Wallace, sales manager, IMT.
John Ruppert, general manager of commercial vehicle sales and marketing of Ford, discusses the all-new Ford F-Series super duty.
John Walsh, Mack Truck’s VP sales and marketing, introduces the company’s mDRIVE HD 13 and 14 speed automated manual transmissions geared for demanding jobsite work.
Tyler Jones (L) and Norm Klimko stand ready to answer questions about the many snow and ice control products in the Fisher Plows booth, including this XLS snowplow.
The Gledhill Road Machinery Company’s Ted Talbott (L) and Rick Moore talk about the company’s snow and ice removal equipment.
Albert Ribeiro (L), sales and marketing manager, stands at the Wilcox Bodies Ltd. booth with Tom Catalano of Curry Supply Company.
Katie Sandieson and Dave Forsmark present their company’s Craig Hefright of KH Industries demonstrates several cold weather applications for his company’s cord reel stations.
Eric Sexton, Meyer Snow Plow, reviews the company’s snow and ice removal equipment with Tom Heyer of Dirt Works Organics, based in Erie, Pa.

The National Truck Equipment Association held its Annual Work Truck Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 1 to 4. This year's event, which marked the 52nd National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention, attracted the largest attendance on record for the show.

The event featured more than 500,000 sq. ft. of exhibit hall space filled with the latest vocational trucks, vans, equipment and services presented by hundreds of exhibiting companies along with a variety of industry focused educational and training sessions held throughout the course of the show. Many of the industry's leading manufacturers selected the show as an ideal format to unveil their new product launches focused on vocational trucks and transportation equipment from Classes 1 to 8, including chassis, bodies, components and accessories.

In addition to the NTEA Work Truck Show, the Green Truck Association (GTA), an NTEA affiliate division, conducted its Green Truck Summit. With a number of special events and receptions, both the Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit offered outstanding opportunities for attendees to meet with sales and technical representatives and industry peers in a variety of structured and casual settings.

The educational sessions covered a range of topics including an industry overview and market trends, courses geared toward fleet and maintenance management, methods for improving productivity and profitability and the latest advances in truck design and telematics.

During the president's breakfast and NTEA annual meeting comedian and former host of the Tonight Show, Jay Leno served as the keynote speaker and Matthew Wilson, chairman and CEO of Switch-N-Go, AmeriDeck & Bucks Divisions of Deist Industries Inc. was installed as the 52nd president of NTEA. Wilson accepted the position from immediate past president Jeffrey Messer, president of Messer Truck Equipment.

This year's Work Truck Show also featured the Inaugural Construction Event, produced by Allison Transmission Inc. and sponsors including Odyne Systems LLC, Palfinger North America, Palfleet Truck Equipment Inc., Roll-Rite LLC and Truck Bodies & Equipment International Inc. The event opened with a reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500 and followed with educational sessions and a plant tour held at Allison Transmission headquarters.

Established in 1964 and currently representing approximately 1,600 manufacturers, distributors and installers involved with the work truck and trailer industry, the NTEA produces the Work Truck Show and provides in-depth technical information, education and member programs and services.