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January 25, 2016 3:50 AM, EST
Cummins Withdraws From 2016 MATS
John Sommers II for TT

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. said Jan. 21 it will not participate in this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

The Columbus, Indiana-based manufacturer is following the lead of all four major North American truck-making corporations by withdrawing from the annual event in Louisville, Kentucky.

The largest maker of heavy-duty North American truck engines, Cummins has displayed at every MATS since the first one in 1972. The company said it would return to the nation’s largest annual truck show in 2017.

Daimler Trucks North America started the withdrawal movement in May when CEO Martin Daum said his company would prefer to concentrate on the Hanover, Germany, truck show in 2016 and even-numbered years, in general, and then display in North America in 2017 and succeeding odd-numbered years.

Navistar International, Paccar Inc. and Volvo Group then followed suit.

MATS runs March 31 to April 2 this year at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center.