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NTEA cancels 2021 Truck Product Conference

Aug. 25, 2021
While the conference will not be transitioned to a fully virtual format, NTEA will be working with OEMs to provide the technical content expected from this event.

The upcoming NTEA Truck Product Conference, an annual preview of changes to new truck chassis for truck equipment manufacturers and upfitters, scheduled for Sept. 21-22, has fallen victim to the “significant constraints” the commercial vehicle technical community is currently facing, NTEA posted Tuesday.

“Truck Product Conference is purposefully designed to connect chassis OEMs with equipment manufacturers and distributors for important technical insights to help the upfitting process,” said NTEA Board Chair Jon Sievert, president of work truck solutions at Douglas Dynamics Inc. “We feel that at this time this goal needs to be accomplished in a way that doesn’t take us away from our businesses given the current state of the industry.”

And while NTEA “prioritizes” providing access to resources and information that drive the work truck industry’s productivity and profitability, this year, the association has “shifted gears” to keep members in their “own space without interruption,” and meet those needs in a way that’s “more manageable,” the statement noted.

“As the association for the work truck industry, we know your pain points, challenges and needs,” Steve Carey, NTEA president and CEO, said. “We’re here and we’re listening. And we fully believe this decision, in this moment in time, upholds our unwavering dedication to doing what’s right for you and your businesses.”

All Truck Product Conference registration fees will be refunded, and details are being communicated separately, NTEA added. For registrants who booked hotel rooms, reservations can be cancelled online or by calling 877-525-2427. Cancellations received 72 hours or more prior to arrival will receive a full refund.

While Truck Product Conference will not be transitioned to a fully virtual format, NTEA will be working with OEMs to provide the technical content expected from this event and “create an opportunity to get your questions answered” in the same Sept. 21–22 timeframe, the organization concluded.

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