Premieres of Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ford Tonka Truck Among Draws
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (March 12, 2015) — A record-setting 11,005 industry professionals from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 23 countries turned out for The Work Truck Show® 2015, North America’s largest work truck event. This breaks the Show’s previous attendance record of 10,408 set in 2012. The Work Truck Show 2015 was held March 4–6, with educational sessions and the concurrent Green Truck Summit kicking off March 3, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. It is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry.
New product introductions were a major draw this year. Mercedes-Benz Vans revealed its new Metris mid-size van to the world at the Show on Wednesday. Other announcements creating buzz in Indianapolis were the unveiling of the Ford F-750 Tonka dump truck, Hino Trucks’ move into the Class 4 market with its 155 model, Chevrolet’s introduction of a 2015 Colorado box delete option, Ram Commercial’s expansion of its Ram 2500 CNG offerings, Utilimaster’s reveal of its new VELOCITY walk-in van and STAHL’s debut of the industry’s first polymer composite service body, the Razorback. Altogether, there were new products in practically every aisle.
“Recognizing that we had multiple global reveals, a record-breaking 24 press conferences and more equipment on display than ever before is a testament to the critical role The Work Truck Show has come to play in the commercial truck industry,” says Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “The energy and excitement on the show floor reflects an industry that is expanding and economically sound.”
Over the last five years, NTEA has increased the size of the Show floor by 40 percent in response to growing demand. Exhibit space for The Work Truck Show 2016 is already sold out. The Work Truck Show returns to the Indiana Convention Center March 2–4, 2016, with educational sessions and the concurrent Green Truck Summit kicking off March 1. Registration opens in October.
The Work Truck Show brings together more than 11,000 truck fleet managers, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, equipment buyers and maintenance personnel annually, and features the newest vocational trucks, vans, components and equipment.
Additional information about The Work Truck Show is available at www.worktruckshow.com. Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and join the Work Truck Show conversation on Twitter at @WorkTruckShow and with the official Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit hashtags: #wts15 and #gts15.
ABOUT THE NTEA
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,700 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, ON, Canada.