A summary of MATS 2018

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show, we appreciate and value your participation.

As the pace of innovation in trucking accelerates and technology impacts every aspect of the industry, MATS will always evolve to meet the needs of its supporters. With your continued guidance, MATS will remain the platform of choice for the heavy-duty trucking industry and help you attain new heights of success in the business of trucking.

The following report is a short recap of this year’s event. We hope you find it informative and helpful as you develop your future plans. Your continued success and support are very important to us and we look forward to working with you as we plan for the 2019 MATS scheduled for March 28-30, 2019.

Toby Young, President of EMA (Producers of MATS)


  • “It’s the premier show for any person in the trucking industry. I think MATS is at the top of the game…for the trucking industry, MATS is #1.”

    Josh Weinstein / Owner

    Witzco Challenger Trailers

  • “You can’t beat it…Being at MATS and seeing all the other things going on in the industry. It really helps us to develop the next generation of our product.”

    Bob Goulet / National Account Manager


  • "We can see so many people in one venue, over just a few day period. It’s been a very busy show for us, and we enjoy the heavy interaction with a lot of traffic. There are so many customers that come to MATS."

    Don Kenneth


  • "The attendees come from all over the world not just North America. We’re at the right place to meet the right people and our brand really benefits in the long run to be able to be displayed here at the MATS event."

    David Waterman

    Shell Rotella

  • "The size and reach of the Mid-America Trucking Show is unparalleled, it’s the largest in the marketplace. To come here, to be able to meet most of our customers in one place, is incredibly valuable to us… Here at Mid-America are our core customers…that owner operator, that small fleet owner, that soon to be medium sized fleet owner who can grow with our business…We invest the most of our dollars from a tradeshow perspective here at this show, and we get the greatest return."

    Brent Hutto / Chief Marketing Officer

  • "It’s a great show, a great place to make contacts - before, during, and after the show. We really do see a wide range of customers, suppliers, and manufacturers – a wider range than most other shows we go to, just because of its sheer size and central location within the country… We feel that this is just as much bang for the buck as any other big show that’s out there."

    Craig Smith / Marketing Communications Manager

    AXN Heavy Duty

Media Coverage

Some highlights from our media partners

ELDs Hot Topic as April Enforcement Ramp-Up Nears

The federal mandate of electronic logging devices has been in effect since late last year, but some truckers still have lingering questions about the finer points of the regulation as tougher enforcement nears.

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Former Bosch Division Looks for Own Success as SEG

The former division of the Bosch Group that since 1914 made starters and generators is now on its own as SEG Automotive and has added an electrification component to its mix of products.

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Mack Cites Comeback of Longhaul Market in 2018

Fleets in the longhaul segment are increasingly spurring Class 8 demand as the highway market makes a comeback, according to Mack Trucks, whose new Anthem model is aimed directly at that segment.

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2018 Mid-America Trucking Show Day 1 Recap

Equipment Editor Jim Park recaps the first day of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show, which has gone through some major changes in the past few years.

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Peterbilt names its SuperFan winner

In a ceremony last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show, Peterbilt announced Rick McClerkin of San Jose, Calif., as the winner of its SuperFan search. Peterbilt General Manager Kyle Quinn presented the keys of Peterbilt’s one millionth truck, a Model 567 Heritage, to the ultimate SuperFan.

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ELDs a hot topic at Mid-America

Every year Attendees are treated to a complimentary concert on the Friday night of MATS.

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Media Partners