(L-R) NTEA President Adam Keane with former NFL stars Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long

A crowd nearing 1,500 gathered Thursday (March 16) to see new NTEA President Adam Keane lead a discussion with NFL Hall of Famers and Fox NFL analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long during the 53rd President’s Breakfast as part of this week’s 2017 Work Truck Show in downtown Indianapolis. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence).

More than 500 exhibiting OEM companies and suppliers, including a strong contingent from the RV industry, are promoting their latest product lines at the event, which closes out Friday. The show is marking its the fourth year at the Indianapolis Convention center and is expected to draw around 12,000 people.
The Work Truck Show kicked off on Tuesday with a Green Truck Summit, “the industry’s premier conference on clean energy innovations for commercial vehicles,” keynoted by Wilfried Achenbach, senior vice president of engineering and technology, of Daimler Trucks North America.

Matt Wilson

During the President’s Breakfast, outgoing NTEA President Matt Wilson, chairman and CEO of Switch-N-Go, Hadley, Pa., highlighted the trade organization’s development of a cloud-based program to produce certification labels while making it easier to maintain and store your records. He made members aware of  a new tool at the show to help them comply with the upcoming rearview camera regulation — FMVSS 111 — affecting vehicles under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Wilson also told the group that “the industry achieved a significant victory at the EPA this year. In the newly released greenhouse gas emissions regulations for trucks, the EPA included an NTEA-promoted provision to help upfitters and OEMs. Known as delegated assembly, this provision could allow NTEA members and OEMs to benefit from the emission-reducing equipment added to a truck by an upfitter.” 
 — Shawn Spence