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The fast-growing National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) has revamped its annual convention schedule to allow trailer-builders to spend more time with their customers.
NATM’s 2007 Convention and Trade Show is slated for Jan. 29-Feb. 2 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resorts in Orlando, Fla., a meeting at which NATM Vice President Matt Arnold, general manager of Haulmark Industries Inc., Bristol, Ind., will move up to president of the Topeka, Kan., trade association.
Some 1,550 people attended NATM’s 2005 convention in Las Vegas, which featured 220 trade show exhibitors.
Besides scheduling free evenings the first four nights of the convention, additional workshop sessions have been added Feb. 2, followed by a reception for new members.
An awards luncheon has been scheduled at noon on the last day of the convention, and a dinner will cap off the gathering that evening.
Founded in 1987, NATM originally represented livestock and horse trailer dealers and manufacturers but since has expanded to include cargo trailers and other tow-type products in general.
NATM recently has partnered with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) in a Trailer Safety Industry Coalition (TSIC) set up to forestall further trailer safety regulations – specifically regarding wheel issues – by the federal government.
NATM, with a membership that has grown substantially from fewer than 200 in 1998 to 850 at the beginning of 2006, currently has eight employees and was planning to buy its own building in Topeka, Kan., sometime this summer.