HDMA to hold conference at GATS

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The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association will present the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference Aug. 25 in conjunction with the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. CVOC will bring together industry experts to share real-world insights on the state of the recovery and what the industry must do to survive and thrive in the fourth quarter and beyond. CVOC is designed to provide important and useful information for all segments of the commercial fleet business, including fleet executives, truck OEMs, part and component suppliers, truck dealers, distributors, maintenance and repair specialists and owner-operators.

“The Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference promises to be a high-level event that will attract even more key decision makers to GATS and will bring additional informational and networking opportunities to exhibitors and attendees,” says Alan K. Sims, GATS vice president/executive director. “This new conference, in addition to our existing TruckSmart Summit educational sessions, means GATS will truly offer something for every aspect of the trucking industry.” GATS is presented by Randall-Reilly, CCJ‘s parent company.

“We recognize GATS as an event where HDMA can further support our members and reach an expanded audience, which will benefit from our program,” says Timothy Kraus, HDMA president and chief operating officer. “Our goal is to bring vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers, parts and service providers and end-user fleet customers together for a day of information sharing and networking.”

CVOC will run from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. CT with an industry networking reception immediately following. Session topics will include:

• Outlook for freight;

• Future of commercial vehicle technology;

• Vehicle and parts maintenance forecasts;

• Pulse of the fleet market; and

• Government affairs.

 More detailed CVOC program and registration details will be available in the coming weeks. The 2010 Great American Trucking Show will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Dallas Convention Center. For more information on the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, e-mail info@hdma.org. For more information on GATS, contact Alan Sims at asims@rrpub.com.