Reprinted from the Wilmington News Journal (http://www.wnewsj.com)
The largest trucking show in Ohio rolls into the Roberts Convention Centre 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25-26. The Expedite Expo is North America’s only trucking show with a focus on expedited trucking. More than 100 exhibitors will fill the more than 70,000 square feet of the Roberts Centre, showcasing the newest and best of the trucking world.
This admission-free event will feature big rigs, little rigs and everything in between including trucking companies, truck dealers, “how-to-get into trucking” workshops, thousands of dollars in cash and giveaways, live music and family entertainment. If it’s related to trucking, you’ll find it at the Expo.
Expedited trucking is sometimes referred to as the “ambulance service” of trucking. From a hot shipment going to NASA in Florida, to parts for an assembly line in Cleveland, expedited trucking gets it there, safely and on-time.
The drivers in expediting are small business owners (owner-operators) who own and drive their own trucks (from cargo vans to tractor-trailers) that are “leased” to an expedited carrier. Because this is a custom service, expediters enjoy some of the highest compensation rates in transportation. Although the industry is primarily composed of owners with one truck, many owner-operators have expanded their businesses by becoming fleet owners with multi-truck operations.
Expedited trucking is populated with numerous retirees from a variety of professions — people who are now into their second or third career. Expediting also holds a special appeal for retired couples who want to see the country together and get paid for it. These team operations are among the most successful in the industry.
The Expo will feature the largest and best-known expedited carriers in the industry. They’re looking for self-motivated, business-minded individuals and couples who would like to become expedited owner-operators and drivers.
The Expo is where you can find answers to your questions about expedited trucking and the opportunities available in this fast-paced industry.
If you’ve been looking for a new and exciting career, then the Expo’s workshops have the information you need to make an informed decision. The workshops offer educational content for individuals and couples searching for a profitable career opportunity as expedited owner operators.
The workshops also offer valuable information for the current truckers as well with successful business strategies and money-saving tips presented by industry veterans. The workshops are presented on both days of the Expo and like most everything at the Expo – are free.
The industry’s best-known truck dealers will have their newest equipment on display and attendees will have a chance to talk trucks with knowledgeable expedited truck specialists.
It’s no secret that rising cost of fuel is a big stress on owner-operators and drivers. Progressive found that 69 percent of professional drivers say fuel costs are their business expense of most concern. To relieve some of that stress, Progressive is giving away more than $150,000 nationwide in free fuel.
Progressive is giving away hundreds of decoder cards with a chance for you to win $25 in fuel — Plus you can enter for a chance to win $25,000 in free fuel.
The 2008 Expedite Expo will also award a lucky attendee with cold cash. Expo visitors can vote for their favorite truck exhibited by a truck dealer in the Commercial Insurance Expedite Drivers Choice Award. Their ballot is also their entry form and the lucky winner will pocket a tidy $1,000.00.
The 2008 Expedite Expo also will feature an appearance by the Chrome Shop Mafia of Country Music Television. They will sign autographs, visit with the crowd and display one of their latest trucking art creations.
The Expo will also offer a variety of live musical entertainment from Bluegrass to Classic Rock, presented on our outdoor stages.
The expo is a great family value — it offers free admission and free parking.
Learn more about the Expedite Expo by visiting www.expediteexpo.com.