Mid-America shows and shines
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Mid-America Trucking Show began under a blanket of snow this week, but once the melt began, there was plenty of chrome to shine. Equipment editor Jim Park took some time to stroll the lot and admire some of the trucks on display during the annual show and shine competition.
Canadian named 35th Highway Hero
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- What does one say after saving one life and preventing severe injury to another? "I'm just happy I was in the right place at the right time," said Frank Vieira of Ancaster, Ont. -- the 35th Goodyear Highway Hero. Vieira was driving over a bridge on a rural highway near Toronto when he heard a loud crash, looked over his shoulder and noticed that a car on the other side of the road had slammed into the back of a stationary roll-off truck. The force of the impact threw the driver forcefully against the steering wheel. The steering wheel broke, with a piece of it embedding itself in the driver's neck.
Navistar Becomes Third Truck Maker to Skip MATS 2016
LOUISVILLE, KY -- Navistar has become the third truck maker to pull out of the Mid-American trucking show next year, but plans to return in 2017. The decision follow moves by rivals Daimler Trucks North America and Volvo Trucks to skip the annual gathering held in March since 1972 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, accordign to Truckinginfo.com. "We've made the decision to not attend the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show," said Navistar spokesman Steve Schrier. "We look forward to returning to the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2017 to showcase our technology and products." MATS is regarded as the largest trucking show in the U.S., this year seeing record attendance of nearly 82,000 people along with having more than 1,000 exhibitors filling 1.2 million feet of exhibit space. Toby Young with Exhibit Management Associates, which puts on the show, told Truckinginfo, "Navistar has been a strong supporter of MATS, participating every year since the first MATS in 1972. Their presence at the 2016 show will be missed. We will continue as planned with sales for the 2016 MATS beginning on July 15 and, given the recent news, additional exhibit space opportunities for returning and new exhibitors."