News From the Industry

| December 12, 2008

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Thousands of truckers will meet in Louisville, Ky., for the 32nd Annual Mid-America Trucking Show March 20-22 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The world’s largest trucking show expects to have 1 million square feet of exhibit space and more than 1,000 exhibitors.

Free seminars will be offered daily on topics such as roadside inspections, wheel-end maintenance and hours of service. Among other highlights are:

  • The Trucking Technology Center, featuring Internet and technology-based companies.

  • The Expedited Trucking InfoCenter.

  • The 3rd Annual Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship.

  • The Mid-America Jamboree, sponsored by Eric Harley & WBAP Radio, which includes autograph signing by country star Pam Tillis March 20.

  • The Mid-America Driver Recruitment Center.

  • The National Day of Prayer for Truckers, March 20, featuring gospel musician Kenny Robbins.

  • Talent search auditions for AmeriSearch Music Group, which is compiling music performed and written by truckers.

  • The Ol’ Blue, USA Safety Center, which includes simulated roadside inspections every hour.

    Pam Tillis will meet fans at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

    No concerts were scheduled at press time. Updated information on the show is available at

    Online registration is available through March 11. The show’s hours are: March 20, 1-6 p.m.; March 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; March 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Information on lodging is available by calling (800) 368-4052 or (502) 456-9411, or by visiting

    - Laura Diblasi


    Diesel fuel was selling around $2 a gallon at some Northeastern truck stops in mid-February, reflecting a 17-cent surge in national average prices over two weeks.

    Diesel in New York went over $2 a gallon Feb. 11, says fleet owner Roland Bellavance, and Vermont prices weren’t far behind.

    Fleets and owner-operators in the Northeast are struggling, says Alice Ennis, executive director of the Vermont Truck and Bus Association. “We’re in a cold wave right now,” she says. “When it’s cold, you use more fuel.”

    Though fuel is cheaper in other regions, truckers nationwide have been hit with huge price hikes due to a cold winter, fears of war with Iraq and a three-month-old labor crisis in Venezuela. The national average price of $1.66 for the week ending Feb. 10 was the highest since October 2000, when it closed at $1.67, according to the weekly U.S. Department of Energy survey.

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