52nd MATS opens Thursday; full slate of seminars. opening reception

MATS exhibit floor

The wait is over: the Mid-America Trucking Show is back.

The 52nd annual show opens Thursday at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, and features:

  • more than 850 exhibitors in 1 million square feet of exhibit space
  • the PKY Truck Beauty contest
  • Big Rig Build Off competition
  • dozens of educational presentations by industry experts
  • a free concert
  • truck and tractor pull competition
  • a free truck parking community

The show begins Thursday with a VIP opening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and concludes with an after-show reception featuring music, food, Wall of Fame induction, craft beer, and a bourbon tasting.

One of Thursday's highlights will be the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Truck Leasing Task Force meeting. This begins at 10 a.m. in the South Wing Conference Room, C 108.

Other educational sessions include:

  • Noon: FMCSA's New Modernized Registration System Update and Fraud Prevention
  • 1:15 p.m. Hauling Success: Insights from Rate Per Mile Masters
  • 1:15 p.m. Don’t Gamble with Fleet Safety: Secure Your Bottom Line with Data-Driven Excellence
  • 2:15 p.m. Fight Inefficiencies With Trucker-Specific Technologies
  • 2:15 p.m. Carriers – Stay Alive and Thrive
  • 3 p.m. Truckload Market Update
  • 3:30 p.m. How Vehicle Maintenance Effects a DOT Audit
  • 4 p.m. Overcoming Driver Shortage Challenges
  • 4:15 p.m. How to Attract, Recruit, Retain, and Manage Gen Z for your Driving Workforce
  • 5 p.m. Predicting the Future of Sustainable Trucking – How Alternative Fuels, Connectivity, and Automation Will Influence our Industry
  • 5 p.m. Best Fleets to Drive For: What’s Working and What’s Not

The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. in the South Lobby.

The evening concludes with a truck light show at 8 p.m. in Lot N in front of the West Wing.

Friday features the free concert featuring Tony Justice and The Steel Woods in Freedom Hall. Show hours Friday are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The show concludes Saturday with the MAC Trailers Winter Nationals Championship Pulling event, also in Freedom Hall. Saturday the show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.