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What do you look for at a trade show?

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Truckers in the East and the West had an opportunity to attend a major trucking trade show over the past few weeks, with Truck World being hosted by the Ontario Trucking Association...


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Truckers in the East and the West had an opportunity to attend a major trucking trade show over the past few weeks, with Truck World being hosted by the Ontario Trucking Association in Toronto and the BCTA’s Truxpo held just one week later in Abbotsford, B.C.

There were plenty of exhibitors at both, with a good crowd passing through the doors at each event.

Of course there were plenty of big rigs on display, as well as new products and the latest technology the trucking industry has seen.

For some, the trucking show is a chance to get up to date on the latest in new equipment, while others take advantage of trade shows to network with others in the industry or even search for a new job.

Trade show remain an excellent way to bring people with similar interests under one roof, and this year’s shows were no exception.

Stan Stickland of Penticton, B.C. used to haul general freight before deciding to be a driver-trainer. He attended Truxpo to see the latest equipment to hit the market.

“I want to see what’s new,” says Stickland. “It’s interesting to see what’s out there now.”

Stickland drives a 1986 Freightliner, and while he was impressed by many of the new rigs on display, he’s not in the market for an upgrade anytime soon.

Downton Transport driver, John Beverley made the short trek from Langley to check out Truxpo.

“I’m interested in looking at all the new products, how they display it and how they present it to you,” explains the owner/operator. “I’m basically here looking for anything I can find.”

Chilliwack native Harold Hansen is a former O/O who now hauls for Edenbank Grading. The local driver of a 2000 International was impressed by the displays at Truxpo.

“I look for the trucks, the engines and anything else that’s new,” says Hansen. While he’s mainly window-shopping at the booths, he says “If I see something I need, I’ll buy it here.”

Super Save company driver, Partap Girn or Langley was eyeing up some of the new equipment when he took a moment to discuss the show with Truck News.

“There’s lots of equipment here and lots of exhibitors, so I’m having a good look around,” says Girn, who hauls garbage and construction waste.

Oran Alexander is an owner/operator based in Hope, B.C. and he had his eye on products that will help him improve his bottom line. “I’m browsing around, gathering information on different oils and fuel additives,” says Alexander. “Anything to give me better mileage.”


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