MATS 2014

Mid-America roundup: Concept truck, driver hero, OEM updates top 2014 show

Though lighter than usual on major announcements, the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last week still produced some highlights. Here is a roundup of some of the noteworthy and popular items from the show

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Photo gallery: Pride & Polish champ Vinnie Diorio’s 2013 Pete showing at MATS

  Vinnie Diorio's 2013 Peterbilt 389, which won the 2013 Pride & Polish National Championship in the Limited-Mileage Combo category, was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week. Overdrive reported on the truck a few times last year, as the truck won Best of Show in several Pride & Polish events around the country. Click here to see a write-up on the truck from October.

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Crash accountability in CSA scores, changes to DataQs higlight CSA update

A study that evaluates both the impact of implementing crash fault weighting into CSA scores and FMCSA's ability to implement such a system is still being reviewed by the agency and peers prior to its release, said an FMCSA official this week.

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No trucks harmed during the making of this video

Off to the remote-control truck sprint at the Mid-America Trucking Show!

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Photo gallery: Custom ’07 Pete shows its stripes at MATS

The 2007 Peterbilt 379 below, on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville, Ky., is owned by Dallas MCord.

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Trucker Buddy honors 2014 ‘outstanding’ truckers

Trucker Buddy International honored its 2014 Outstanding Trucker Buddies at a ceremony March 28 in Louisville, Ky., at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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Exaloy to distribute cargo control products and metal accessories

A veteran of cargo control sales, Tom Haughs, has launched Exaloy, which specializes in cargo control and metal exterior accessories. The company is based in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Colorado driver wins Firestone-customized tractor

Brad Peterson of Wellington, Colo., won a 2013 Firestone Edition Class 8 tractor and more Thursday in the Drive a Firestone Sweepstakes at the Mid-America Trucking Show, announced Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. Peterson, who drives for an excavating company in Wellington, said he was thrilled to win the Peterbilt 589, which features a highly customized interior and exterior appointments that reflect the Firestone brand.  “This is the first contest I’ve ever won in my life,” Peterson said. “I gave ...

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TA and Petro announce seven Citizen Driver Awards

TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Center facilities, announced its first annual Citizen Driver Award recipients today at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., to recognize drivers who evoke respect for the industry.  "You've inspired pride and respect in the trucking industry by your actions and your attitudes," said Barry Richards, executive vice president.  As part of the selection process, each driver picked his or her favorite TA or Petro Stopping Center location, ...

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Trail King introduces all-aluminum step deck

Trail King introduced a prototype All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck trailer Friday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The new TK80AACS features superior corrosion resistance, all-aluminum framing, armor-coated landing gear and zinc-plated steel components as standards, the company says. The AACS is lightweight yet durable, with a low deck height designed to accommodate taller payloads with multiple cargo load configurations, said Rick Farris, vice president of sales and marketing. “This is a forward-thinking design that sets ...

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