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USDOT administrator will take on hot topic of new federal rules at 14th annual Expedite Expo

Last updated: July 22. 2014 2:34PM - 812 Views
By - labernathy@civitasmedia.com



File photoTrucks line the parking lot at the Roberts Centre north of Wilmington during a recent Expedite Expo. The 14th annual event begins Friday.
File photoTrucks line the parking lot at the Roberts Centre north of Wilmington during a recent Expedite Expo. The 14th annual event begins Friday.
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WILMINGTON — There are more than 700 jobs available from vendors at the 2014 Expedite Expo set for this weekend in Wilmington, and one Ohio company is looking to fill nearly 350 of them.


Lawrence McCord, the president and CEO of On Time Media LLC which produces Ohio’s largest truck show and job fair, said Schneider is looking to fill 350 jobs, with 50 of them based in the Clinton County area.


Expedite Expo is one of the largest truck shows in the country, and the 14th annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, at the Roberts Centre, north of Wilmington. Both admission and parking are free.


The expo gives truck drivers a chance to connect with others in their industry, and to learn about new products. It also gives the general public an opportunity to learn more about an industry that brings everything into their homes, McCord said.


One of the highlights of this year’s show is a question and answer forum with Anne S. Ferro, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration administrator. McCord said recent federal legislation regarding how many hours truck drivers can spend on the road has caused a “blowback” within the trucking industry. The forum will be led by Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association, at 11 a.m. on Friday.


“The trucking industry has always been conscious about safety,” McCord said. “The trucking companies feel like (the regulations are) making drivers more unsafe.”


In recognition of the impact women truck drivers have had on the industry, a Women In Trucking panel will be held Saturday at noon. Women In Trucking’s Ellen Voie will lead a roundtable discussion with professional female drivers who offer their insights on how to find success in the expediting industry.


As in years past, the expo is a family-friendly event and a travel circus will be on hand to entertain children. There will be live entertainment and giveaways, including a $1,000 cash prize.


McCord said he is hoping 5,000 people will attend the expo, and attendees from 40 states, Canada and Mexico have already registered.


He said he continues to bring the expo to Wilmington for several reasons.


“It’s centrally located, it’s convenient and Clinton County is very hospitable to our event and attendees,” he said. “In addition to the Roberts Centre, we will sell out seven to eight area hotels, so it’s been a good fit.”


To register, for a detailed schedule and for more information, visit expediteexpo.com.


Lora Abernathy can be reached at 937-382-2574 or on Twitter @AbernathyLora.


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