New hurdles

| July 03, 2007

Among attractions, Sims says to expect in the neighborhood of “600 exhibiting companies, representing all of the truck OEMs at the corporate level, as well as the five largest trailer manufacturers and a myriad of other key suppliers and service providers to the industry.” Also, the GATS Expedite Pavilion, including the InfoCenter Hub for information about expedited trucking, graces the exhibit hall’s floor for the sixth year in a row.

Also in the exhibit hall, the show-truck competition Pride & Polish, sponsored by Overdrive magazine, will pit the nation’s best show trucks against each other, as well as feature rigs detailed by the Chrome Shop Mafia of CMT’s Trick My Truck.

This year’s show features free entertainment in the form of concerts by the Wreckers, the modern country duo of Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp, sponsored by Volvo Trucks on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The country trucker legend Aaron Tippin makes his second appearance in as many years at GATS, brought by Mobil Delvac, on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Educational seminars and forums are available daily, including:

  • The Partners in Business Seminar, a free program put on by ATBS, the owner-operator business services firm, and Overdrive magazine, 2-4 p.m. Friday.

  • Various hour-long free seminars for drivers and owner-operators Thursday 2-4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Drivers and owner-operators can take advantage of free on-site truck parking in the Reunion Arena Parking Lot and at Gilley’s on Lamar Boulevard behind the Convention Center, sponsored by Peterbilt Motors Co., and can register by calling (800) 633-5953, Ext. 1361, or visiting, roll over “Attendees,” click “Register to Attend.”

GATS is owned by Randall-Reilly Publishing Co., which also publishes Truckers News and other trade magazines in the trucking, construction and woodworking industries.
- Todd Dills

Highway Watch to Receive $11.6 Million
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted the Highway Watch program $11.6 million for fiscal year 2007, more than double its allocation last year.

Highway Watch trains truckers and other highway professionals to report security and safety problems on U.S. roads. It also operates and maintains a Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center in Herndon, Va.

Homeland Security operates the Highway Watch program under a cooperative agreement with the American Trucking Associations.

Highway Watch received $4.8 million last fiscal year.

The award is part of Homeland Security’s Infrastructure Protection Program for fiscal year 2007.
- Jill Dunn

For more information about Highway Watch, visit this site.

History Channel Features Iowa 80
The Iowa 80, “the world’s largest truckstop,” was featured on the June 13 episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel.

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