Environmental performers to be honored at ATA MC&E

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America’s top environmental performers will be honored at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition, where U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson has been invited to present the 2006 SmartWay Awards before a packed house on Monday, Oct. 30.

SmartWay is an ATA-EPA partnership intended to improve the environment while boosting the bottom-lines of trucking companies. SmartWay helps identify and popularize practical, money-saving techniques to increase fuel efficiency, reduce idling and slash emissions. The companies to be recognized have been selected as national leaders in this effort.

Saving fuel is a key theme throughout the 2006 MC&E. In addition to the SmartWay Awards, three educational sessions geared for top trucking executives will explore equipment, purchasing and operational strategies for stretching fuel dollars. The latest in cost-cutting technologies also will be on display throughout the MC&E in the Exhibit Hall.

Other MC&E management seminars will tackle issues ranging from reducing litigation hazards to accessing venture capital, the use of simulators in driver training, broker relationships and estate planning. With a week to go before the mid-term elections, politics also will come in for a close look, with nationally recognized campaign strategist Neil Newhouse providing an in-depth analysis at the Advocacy and Government Affairs Luncheon.

The 2006 MC&E will be held Oct. 28-31 at the Gaylord Texas Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. For more details and registration information, go to mce.truckline.com.