February 16, 2021 5:45 PM, EST

TMC Announces Changes to Meetings, Exhibition

TMCAn exhibition hall entrance at a past TMC. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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American Trucking Associations announced the Technology & Maintenance Council showcase exhibition will be an in-person event as part of TMC’s Fall Meeting.

Normally staged at TMC’s Annual Meeting, the exhibition now will be part of the Fall Meeting in Cleveland on Sept. 12-16.

The Annual Meeting originally was scheduled for March 8-11 in Orlando, Fla., and then moved to April 12-15 because of uncertainty relating to the pandemic.

Event organizers have said TMC will hold a virtual meeting without an exhibition component that will run April 12-23.

Task forces, study groups and other committees will meet to conduct business as well as offer educational programming.

All events held during that meeting will be conducted via the Cisco Webex interface.


“Bringing trucking’s leading minds together to discuss important trends in technology and maintenance in the industry is an important part of TMC’s mission,” TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell said. “As we continue to monitor news related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we believe altering our plans for our 2021 events is the best and safest way to bring our industry together.”

The exhibition will be open Sept. 13-15 during the Fall Meeting. The educational sessions originally scheduled for the Annual Meeting in most cases will be held during the Fall Meeting.

Also, the council will hold a scaled-down version of its technician skills competition — TMC SuperTech 2021 — during the Fall Meeting.

Information about converting exhibit booths on the floor plan at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to the floor plan at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland will be sent to current contracted exhibitors in the near future.

Those who had registered for the Annual Meeting will have their registrations automatically applied to the Fall Meeting and exhibition. Registrants who cannot attend the fall event can contact the council about other options, including requesting a refund.

TMC and ATA leadership will continue to monitor conditions and make further adjustments to the schedule as necessary.

In another trade show development, Mid-American Trucking Show organizers announced Feb. 15 that the new dates for the 50th anniversary of the event in Louisville, Ky., will be March 24-26, 2022.

The new date is intended to ensure full support of the industry in a large-scale and in-person setting at Kentucky Exposition Center.

“At MATS 50th, we intend to set a new standard for trucking industry events,” Toby Young, president of Exhibit Management Associates, said in a letter. “We are developing new in-person experiences that will further engage attendees and provide exhibitors more opportunities to directly connect with their audience.”

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