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The Work Truck Show, NTEA Convention showcases the best in fleet industry

Article September 26, 2003
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Registration opens Oct. 1, 2003, for the Work Truck Show
2004, the annual industry trade show produced by the National Truck Equipment
Association (NTEA). The show is held at the Baltimore Convention Center March
3-5, 2004, in conjunction with the 40th Annual NTEA Convention (March 2-5).

Whether walking the show floor to find custom equipment,
talking to technical and engineering experts or attending training and
educational sessions, fleet managers and other professionals involved in the
commercial truck and transportation equipment industry will take home
information from the Work Truck Show 2004 and 40th Annual Convention that they
can put to work right away to improve their businesses.

With some 450 exhibitors delivering a diverse array of
full-size equipment from Class 1 through 8, the Work Truck Show is North
America's largest display of vocational work trucks and equipment.

Fleet managers can capitalize on the "one-stop
shop" atmosphere by comparing costs from new and current vendors while
saving the expense of traveling to multiple locations. The vast majority of
exhibiting companies have engineering and technical personnel onhand to help
develop specs to meet the needs of individual fleet operations in any industry,
including utility, landscape, construction and delivery. The Work Truck Show is
an excellent opportunity to examine the newest work truck chassis, bodies and

Ron Pardini, assistant director of public works for the
township of Upper St. Clair, Pa., said, "If you want to see and learn
about many new products and services in one fell swoop, the Work Truck Show
can't be beat. Representatives from a variety of competing vendors were able to
sufficiently answer my questions."

Heavy knowledge capacity

The concurrent convention includes a full educational and
training component, with more than 30 educational and training sessions
providing real-world insights, technical tips and solutions to help you improve
your operation's productivity and efficiency.

Work Truck Show 2003 attendee Kirk Baldwin, vice president
of operations at Hoffman Beverage Co. Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., said, "As
a first-time attendee, I was pleased with the educational component and found
the sessions to be very informative and beneficial to our small

Fleet-oriented topics for 2004 include chassis updates and
the following sessions: Truck Specifications 101; Component Specifications for
Optimum Vehicle Life-Cycle Costing; Fleet Cost Allocation; Total Vehicle
Life-Cycle Costing; Exploring World-Class Fleet Asset Funding Operations;
Applying Negotiations to Reduce Fleet Owning, Operating, Disposing Cost &
Risks; Do it Right! Maintaining FMVSS 121 Compliance When Modifying Air Brake
Systems; Truck Chassis Specifications; Simplifying Vehicle Weight Distribution
Calculations; Truck Multiplex Electrical Systems Technology & Applications
Update; Truck Frame Overview for Body Mounting; The Current Truck Equipment
Market Outlook; The Future of the Truck Equipment Industry; Strategies to Help
Reduce Liability and Manage Insurance Premium Increases; Financial Statement
Overview; Using Low-Cost Technology to Improve Productivity; and Business Risk
Assessment from a Chief Financial Officer's Perspective.

For more information concerning this unique fleet event or
to register online, visit www.ntea.com or call the NTEA toll free at
800/441-NTEA (6832) for a registration kit.

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Information for this article provided by NTEA, Farmington Hills, Mich.
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