2018 Ultimate Guide to Heavy Duty Truck Shows

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Heavy duty truck shows offer invaluable opportunities for people in the trucking business. They’re a great place to learn new ideas, catch up on industry news, and find products to help make your shop more efficient, effective, and profitable. Plus, there’s nowhere like heavy duty truck shows for meeting others in the business. Although they’re all essentially heavy duty truck shows, every North American commercial vehicle show is a little different. Some are hosted by trade associations such as ATA. Others are put on by promoters who specialize in producing events. Most shows are held annually, but you’ll find that some only come around every 2 years.

Want to put a North American commercial vehicle show on your schedule? Check out our list of heavy duty truck shows around the United States and Canada:

Heavy Duty Truck Shows in the United States

Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention

Truckload Carriers Association (TCA)

Since 1939

2019: 03/10-03/12 at Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tradeshow for the Truckload Carriers Association, TCA’s annual convention is billed as the leading education and networking event for the trucking industry’s truckload sector. It’s the premier event for all things truckload including flatbed, intermodal carrier, refrigerated, and dry van operations. The TCA convention is among the heavy duty truck shows that offer a chance for those in all levels of the truckload business to get the scoop on industry news, develop and share strategies, and view the latest products and advancements.

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National Tank Truck Carriers Annual Conference & Exhibits

National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)

Since 1948

2019: 04/23-04/25 at Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada

North American commercial vehicle show for National Tank Truck Carriers. Fleet owners and executives from the bulk carriers industry gather for this expo. Events include opportunities to network and discover the latest innovations in bulk transportation and associated fleet industry news. A number of heavy duty truck shows include awards ceremonies, but this annual conference is when the NTTC honors tank truck drivers who exemplify transportation safety. Eight drivers are recognized as the best of the best in the industry with one being chosen as the Grand Champion based on industry knowledge, company leadership, and accident-free miles driven.

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National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute & Expo

National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA)

Since 1957

2019: 04/15-04/17 at the soon-to-be-completed Kentucky International Convention Center  in Louisville, Kentucky

If you’re looking for the biggest gathering of new and veteran fleet managers, this is the industry show for you. It’s where thousands of trucking professionals network and exchange ideas. The 3-day show is packed with numerous special events including seminars by well-known speakers from the industry. This expo focuses on education, offering cutting-edge training and workshops you won’t find at many other expos. Plus, attendees get to peruse the newest products and services of over 250 vendors and exhibitors.

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Midwest Truck Show

Mid-West Trucking Association

Since 1962

2019: 02/01-02/02 at Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois

A get-together for the transportation industry. Proud to be one of the first heavy duty truck shows of the year. The Midwest Truck show brings people from all areas of the trucking industry together from suppliers to distributors to customers. In addition to opportunities to connect and mingle as well as participate in educational seminars and hear from guest speakers, attendees get a look at the latest from equipment and product suppliers including computer technology and software.

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International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE Demo Expo)

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Since 1966

2019: 10/01-10/03 at Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky

A trade show for utility industry professionals also called the “Demo Expo.” Held every 2 years, this heavy duty truck show features over 1,000 exhibitors. The demos and vendors are spread out on more than 28 acres indoors and outside, too. It’s estimated that the biennial attendance of this North American commercial vehicle show numbers more than 18,000 industry professionals. Attendees can always count on getting plenty of educational and networking opportunities.

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Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)

Exhibit Management Associates

Since 1971

2019: 03/28-03/30 at Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky

This 3-day expo is known as the world’s largest annual heavy-duty trucking event. Considering MATS is jam-packed with more than 1,000 exhibitors covering more than 1 million square feet, it certainly lives up to it’s reputation. The diversity of events including interactive demonstrations, educational presentations, exhibits, and networking opportunities is likely why, after almost 50 years, the MATS is the most attended heavy duty trucking show on the continent.

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Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Annual Conference & Exhibition

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

Since: 1980

2018: 09/23-09/27 at Kansas City Convention Centre in Kansas City, Missouri

Annual meeting of officials and peers within the commercial motor vehicle safety community. It’s an opportunity for the CVSA membership and leaders from North America and Mexico to come together. It’s where anyone concerned with furthering safety in the industry can meet face-to-face with committees and task forces intended to analyze and examine the latest innovations and ideas for saving lives.

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NTDA Convention

National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA)

Since 1991

2018: 10/03 – 10/05 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Gathering of the trailer dealer industry. Known as one of the top networking events in the industry, this show is also one of the best educational and networking experiences for those in the trailer dealership and manufacturing businesses. Members have the opportunity to introduce new products, and attendees are welcome to view over 100 displays at a dedicated exhibition and lunch. A fundraiser golf tournament held during the expo each year raises money for scholarships for NTDA members’ children, and a President’s Award of Excellence is presented to an outstanding member of the year. All of that is on top of the general sessions, educational programming, and industry overview to help attendees improve and increase their businesses.

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Accelerate! Conference & Expo

Women in Trucking (WiT)

Since 2015

2018: 11/12-11/14 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa in Frisco, Texas

A unique event for the supply chain, logistics, and transportation industry. This North American commercial vehicle show focuses on gender diversity in the industry, and is a bit smaller than other events on the calendar. Still, men and women both attend the comparatively intimate gathering and enjoy taking advantage of the more than 30 seminars and networking opportunities.  This expo also features exhibits from vehicle, equipment, and the associated accessories along with services and other products.

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The Great American Trucking Show

Randall-Reilly Events

Since 1999

2018: 08/23-08/25 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas

Improving the industry through providing a distinctive interactive event in motivating environment is what GATS is all about. One of the biggest North American commercial vehicle shows each year, this expo gives MATS a run for its money. Each year, attendees look forward to touring through the over 500 exhibits, viewing the latest from truck, engine, trailer, parts and other components manufacturers. It’s an educational and exciting three days for people in the trucking industry.

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IANA Intermodal Expo

Intermodal Association of North America

Since 1996

2018: 09/16-09/18 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California

For those in goods transportation, IANA is the premier event for the industry and on everyone’s must-attend list. Naturally, the show offers seminars, networking opportunities, and product and service exhibits. However, as a platform for solutions, IANA is also considered a classroom experience, where attendees can catch up on industry news and innovations as well as learn new skills and share effective ideas for business.

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Expedite Expo

On Time Media

Since 2001

2018: 07/21-07/22 at Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky

Drivers in the expediting industry come back year after year to this exclusive expo. It’s the one entirely dedicated to the business of expedited trucking. Focused on owner operators, drivers, and fleet owners, this show is the leader in optimizing interactions with exhibitors and attendees to provide the best possible expo experience. In addition to room for over 500 exhibits from vendors across the industry, attendees also have the opportunity to network and attend dedicated workshops designed to benefit their specific niche, whether they’re a driver, CEO, or fleet owner.

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HDAW Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

Companies: HDA-Truck Pride, Power Heavy Duty, VIPAR Heavy Duty

Since 2006

2019: 01/28 – 01/31 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada

Of all the heavy duty truck shows, this expo is the premier meeting for the independent aftermarket industry. This trade show features service providers, distributors, suppliers, and industry media. It’s the place to check out newest aftermarket products from new and established companies alike. It also offers unmatched opportunities for networking and scheduled one-on-one business meetings.

Associations: American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS), Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS), Automotive Electric Association (AEA), Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN), Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), APRA’s Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG), International Truck Parts Association (ITPA), Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), and Service Specialists Association (SSA).

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California Trucking Show

California Trucking Association

Since 2016

2018: 10/20 – 10/21 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California

The expo sponsored by the California Trucking Association just gets bigger and better every year. The association brings in exhibitors from all over to showcase the newest equipment, accessories, safety equipment and other components as well as service providers such as financial and legal experts. What’s more, attendees also get the opportunity to learn more about various industry associations.

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North American Commercial Vehicle Show

North American Commercial Vehicle Partnership

Since 2017

2019: 10/28-10/31 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia

The commercial vehicles industry trade show, it’s “Where Fleets Meet” to get a sneak peek at the latest, most cutting-edge innovations before they even hit the market. Exhibitors including commercial and special vehicle manufacturers and producers of parts and components all showing off their newest ideas, you’ll get unprecedented insight on technologies and business practices that work. It’s a terrific opportunity you won’t get at many other heavy duty truck shows.

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The SEMA Show

Specialty Equipment Market Association

2018: 10/30-11/02 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Those in the automotive specialty products industry put the SEMA Show on their calendars each year. It’s where they go to network with the brightest minds in the trade and get a glimpse of the newest products. In fact, each year the New Products Showcase introduces thousands of brand-new tools, parts, and components, many being unveiled right at the show. Plus, there are always product demos, seminars, special events, and more to take in over the course of the 3+ day event.

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TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibit

American Trucking Associations (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)

2019: 03/18 – 03/21 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations. Maintenance and maintenance management are the focus of this specialty show. It’s where those in the industry go to check out innovations in equipment, new products, services, and technologies. In addition, this expo is the place to get a look at the future of transportation energy resources, equipment, and attend seminars given by members with real-world experience in technology, best practices, equipment, maintenance and a whole lot more.

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The Work Truck Show

National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA)

2019: 03/05 – 03/08 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana

Thousands of commercial truck professionals gather at this trade show every year. It’s one of the heavy duty truck shows that focuses specifically on commercial trucks and vans along with related equipment and other components. At this expo, you can catch up on industry news, attend awards ceremonies, and be on-hand for product launches. Plus, the Green Truck Summit also takes place during this expo, featuring electric vehicles and alternate fuels. For those across all sectors of the commercial truck profession, it’s the must-attend event of the year.

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WPMA Convention

Western Petroleum Marketers Association

2019: 02/19-02/21 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Trade show for the Western Petroleum Marketers Association, targeting marketers in the western U.S.  It’s the expo professionals in the industry count on for up-to-date news on cutting-edge business practices and technology. This show is big on education through seminars and knowledge-sharing sessions, but also offers a steady stream of usual expo events such as brand meetings and equipment and suppliers exhibits.

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The NATSO Show

National Association of Truck Stop Operators

2019: 02/10-02/13 at the Disney Yact & Beach Club in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Trade show for the truck stop industry, this is the event that focuses on amenities drivers can’t do without. Seminar topics frequently cover subjects that affect everyone in the business on some level such as industry news, trucking regulations, tolling, commercialization of rest areas, and more. Of course, there are also numerous vendors and exhibitors on hand featuring equipment, services, products, and solutions to create a top-notch customer experience.

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Pacific Marine Expo

2018: 11/18-11/20 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Marine Expo is one of the North American commercial vehicle shows on our list that isn’t all about heavy-duty trucks. It is a trade show for the commercial marine industry but offers a wealth of resources that many in the trucking industry will find educational and interesting. In addition to seminars and presentations, there are also over 450 exhibits and demonstrations attendees will enjoy offered by boat builders, equipment companies, suppliers, and propulsion and power experts.

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California Trucking Association

Since 1954

2019: 01/23-01/27 at the US Grant Luxury Collection Hotel in San Diego, California

Set in the dynamic and historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, this trade show for California truckers never disappoints. It’s the annual event members have looked forward to for nearly 65 years for the most up-to-date industry news and educational seminars. The CTA show is the place to connect to industry leaders and learn about services and resources whether you’re a driver, owner operator, or small fleet owner.

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Advanced Clean Transportation Expo

Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)

2019: 04/23-04/26 at Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California

This show is known as the largest “clean” conference and expo for the transportation industry. As you might guess, the focus of this expo is on clean fuels but also offers information on the newest technologies, equipment, and strategies for fuel efficiency. Solutions for environmental and economic fleet stability are also popular and frequent topics among many related subjects covered in educational sessions. What’s more, expo-goers have access to more than 250 exhibitors showcasing technologies, products, and services related to cleaner transportation.

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American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition

American Trucking Associations (ATA)

2018: 10/27-10/31 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas

Among heavy duty truck shows, this expo is the one truck executives make sure to hit each year. This 5-day convention focuses on educating trucking managers on regulatory and economic issues affecting the industry, but it’s much more than a week’s-worth of seminars and talks. In addition to policy discussions and presentations, the ATA conference also  features interactive exhibits from almost 200 manufacturers and suppliers as well as ample networking opportunities.

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Heavy Duty Truck Shows in Canada

Atlantic Truck Show

Master Promotions Ltd.

2019: 06/09 – 06/10 at Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, New Brunswick

One of the largest heavy duty trucking shows for the Atlantic region of Canada. You know you’ve arrived at the right place when you see all the polished, shiny big rigs decking out the exterior (and interior!) of the coliseum. Naturally, there’s still room on the floor of the coliseum for plenty of vendors, suppliers, and manufacturers to display and demo their wares. Additionally, industry specialists are on hand for networking and educational talks at one of the industry’s most unique marketplace events.

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2020: 04/16-04/1821 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario

Gathering for the Canadian trucking and transportation industry so huge it’s one of the heavy duty truck shows on the list that only comes around every couple of years. While many of the expos draw interest from those already in the industry, this one openly welcomes the public and anyone interested in a trucking career. It’s the place anyone can network and connect with North American trucking business pros from across the industry and get a load of more than 500 vendors showcasing equipment, supply chain, logistics, and distribution solutions.

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2019: 04/11-04/13 at Place Bonaventure in Montréal, Québec

Billed as the expo where Canada’s trucking industry meets, this North American commercial vehicle show will not disappoint. It’s a place to connect with industry professionals, find solutions for your company among the emerging trends, and build valuable business relationships that will last a lifetime. What’s more, many companies actively recruit at this show, making it a great place to find a job in trucking. More than 250 vendors exhibit each year at Expocam, so it’s also a terrific resource for learning about the newest in engines, trucks, trailers, parts, technology, and so much more.

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Canada North Resources Expo

Master Promotions

2019: 05/24-05/25 at CN Centre in South Prince George, British Columbia

Anyone dealing with equipment for heavy construction, forestry, and infrastructure development in Canada will be interested in attending this biennial show. It’s an ideal opportunity to connect with others in the business as well as learn about industry innovations. Indoors and outdoors, the exhibition area covers roughly 4 acres, featuring the newest products from leading companies supplying machinery, equipment, technology and more for these resources sectors. What’s more, show promoters are proud to point out that more exhibitors join the ranks each year.

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Heavy duty truck shows are also a great place to get a look at cutting-edge fleet management and shop management software like Fullbay. Stop by our booth at the Great American Truck Show in August or SEMA in October and let us show you how Fullbay software can streamline ordering and invoicing, simplify tech scheduling, and improve customer satisfaction. We’d love to see you there!

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