Guide to MATS 2017
by Erika Nieman | March 15, 2017
The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) is a sight to behold. MATS is known as the “largest annual trucking event in the world” and attracts thousands of people every year. If you’re planning to be in Louisville, Kentucky March 23-25, we recommend a map and a plan to make the most of your MATS experience.
If you’re not already registered to attend, do it online! To get into the exhibit halls, you need a badge. Registering online and printing your confirmation email will speed up the process of getting your badge when you get to the show.
Parking at MATS
With thousands of trucking professionals and industry representatives descending on the Kentucky Expo Center, be prepared for a few traffic jams getting in and out of the parking lots. Give yourself plenty of time and stay flexible. The earlier you arrive, the easier it will be.
There will be free tractor/trailer parking of TA and Petro at Gate D.
For regular cars and others trying to park, check the Kentucky Expo Center’s website for parking information. The main gate gets pretty crowded, so you might want to try the other gates listed on their site.
Service and Repairs
In the lot where trucks and trailers can park for free, TA Truck Service will be scheduling repairs and service for your truck at special show rates. Learn more and schedule your service now!
Exhibitors at MATS
MATS gets to say it’s the largest annual trucking event for a reason. There will be over 1,000 exhibitors offering anything and everything related to trucking! The show is spread throughout the entire exposition center, so wear comfortable shoes, you’ll do a lot of walking. You’ll need bags to carry all the free stuff everyone will be giving away so bring your own or look for some provided by vendors.
Browse the directory before you go to find who you want to see first. When you arrive, there will be show directories with maps. We’ll be there with some exciting things for you to check out.
TCS Fuel Card – Visit TransConnect Services in booth #61104 to see how our fuel card, mobile app and fuel management platform can save you thousands of dollars a year. Let us show you how the TCS Fuel Card can help you.
Startup Program – Ready to start your own trucking company? It can be complicated to go through all the steps to get started, but the Apex Startup Program simplifies the process to save you time, money and headaches. Our Startup Specialists will be at the show in booth #61104 to answer your questions and help you get started!
NextLOAD.com – Looking for freight? NextLOAD is a free load board built by Apex. Truckers and carriers can search for freight to haul. Brokers and shippers can post loads for free to get more visibility on their loads. Come by booth #61104 to check it out and get signed up!
Full-Service Factoring – Are you tired of waiting to get paid? If your company is waiting too long to get paid on invoices, or need help managing all the paperwork and collections, the Apex Full-Service Factoring program might be your solution. We’ll be in booth #61104 with free t-shirts and other goodies (while supplies last) to show you why we’re America’s Favorite Factor.
Events & Schedule
There’s still tons of things to do, so make sure you stay hydrated and energized.
The events schedule includes the PKY Truck Beauty Championship, tons of free seminars to learn what’s going on the industry, a free concert, and much more. Check out the schedule and details online or on the MATS 2017 Mobile App to plan your trip.
The MATS 2017 App has lots of helpful information including the directory, maps, and event schedule. The signal isn’t great in some areas of the expo center, so download the app before you get to the show!
We’re counting down till MATS 2017 and look forward to seeing you there! If you can’t make it, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Be sure to learn more about our factoring, fuel, and startup program and create your free NextLOAD account today!
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Erika Nieman is the Online Marketing Manager at Apex Capital She writes blogs and articles for Apex about trucking, transportation and Apex news and trends.