Trucking is a huge industry in America. It’s the backbone of the economy, the method by which homes are built and store shelves are filled. If you’re passionate about your place in the business, learn about the top five trucking industry shows so you can decide which ones to attend.
Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)
As the largest annual heavy-duty trucking show in the world, MATS is a must-attend event for anyone in the transportation industry. Guests enjoy face-to-face interactions with industry representatives and truck driving professionals, learn about the latest industry technology and glean information about getting started in the industry.
MATS started back in 1972 with 4,000 visitors. Last year more than 80,000 people attended. The next MATS event is scheduled for March 26-28, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Great American Trucking Show (GATS)
GATS, an all-encompassing convention for trucking professionals, has something for everyone. Heavy-duty truck drivers – including owner operators, company drivers and private fleet owners – can gain valuable insights by attending this trucking show.
More than 500 exhibitors set up booths in the 500,000-square-foot exhibit space in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The convention is held here annually, and the next GATS event is coming right up on August 21-23, 2014.
Walcott Truckers Jamboree
Iowa 80 Truck Stop, the world’s largest of its kind, is home to an exciting show called the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. The event celebrates America’s truck drivers and gives attendees the chance to learn something new about big rigs. Expect to see an antique truck display, Super Truck beauty contest, 175 exhibitors, carnival games, live country music, fireworks and much more.
The Truckers Jamboree has taken place annually since its inception in 1979. The next event is right around the corner, scheduled for July 10-12, 2014. Admission and parking for all events is free, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.
This is the only trucking tradeshow that focuses exclusively on expedited trucking. The Expedite Expo teaches attendees about today’s newest trucks, career opportunities and products geared specifically toward medium- to heavy-duty truck owners.
The Expedite Expo launched in 2001 and is free to all attendees. The event is held in the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio and is scheduled for July 25-26, 2014.
Overdrive Pride & Polish
This truck beauty show is held in conjunction with MATS along with four other truck shows across the nation (St. George, Utah; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Crossville, Tennessee; and Wildwood, Florida). The Overdrive Pride & Polish truck beauty contest is open to anyone with a full- or part-time working big rig.
Jiggy Jobs is proud to attend MATS and GATS each year. If you’re planning to be at either event, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello. For more about the best trucking industry shows, visit the Jiggy Jobs blog. Then, find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to learn what truck drivers are asking about.