America’s Road Team to thank drivers at GATS

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The American Trucking Associations will close out the 2006 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by personally thanking the thousands of truck drivers attending the Great American Trucking Show, set for Aug. 24-26 at the Dallas Convention Center.

“The trucking industry is the backbone of America’s economy, and the hard-working drivers who haul the loads and make those just-in-time deliveries deserve our nation’s thanks,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “GATS provides us with a great opportunity to offer our personal thanks to the men and women who keep this industry moving.”

Members of America’s Road Team, serving as ATA’s personal ambassadors, will staff an ATA booth and hand out thousands of free 60-minute telephone cards and other free gifts to GATS attendees. ATA also will host a free ice cream social following the annual Pride and Polish competition on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 26.

Motor carriers, state trucking associations and trucking industry manufacturers and suppliers also will join ATA by honoring truck drivers. President Bush and most of the nation’s governors will join the occasion, too, issuing official proclamations designating Aug. 20-26 as Truck Driver Appreciation Week.