Top 3 Things To See At GATS 2017

The Great American Trucking Show (GATS 2017) will be held in Dallas, Texas from August 24-26, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

We’re big fans of GATS! The show delivers a good time, employment opportunities, the latest trucking innovations, and it doesn’t hurt that the show is held Deep in The Heart of Texas, WAR-LOK’s very own backyard. 😃

Seeing how we enjoy the show so much, we’d like to share the top 3 events, exhibitions and booths that we are looking forward to experiencing, come August.

Our Top 3 Things To See At GATS 2017


Location: Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 S Lamar Street, 75202
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 5-8PM (Central)

Uber Freight and GATS are partnering to provide attendees with good company, a concert, and free BBQ sandwiches. Concert tickets are free and are available at the Uber Freight booth in Lobby B of GATS (near the main entrance of the show). Pre-register online



Pictured above: Eddie Deen’s Ranch restaurant front, concert atEddie Deen’s Ranch, and President John F. Kennedy Mural, located outside Eddie Deen’s Ranch.


Location: Health Pavilion
Date: August 24 – 26, 2017
Time: N/A

The Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion will host dozens of booths that offer information on health, as well as screenings (some are free). Health screening will include:

  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • DOT Physicals
  • Mammograms
  • Cholesterol & HDL
  • Spinal Assessment
  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Kidney Function
  • Eye Acuity & Color Blindness
  • Nutrition Evaluation
  • Medical Consultation
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index


Location: Recruiting Pavilion
Date: August 24 – 26, 2017
Time: N/A

GATS has expanded their recruiting pavilion to serve truckers like you that are seeking work. There will be approximately 100 exhibiting fleets, that will be available to speak with you about job opportunities. A line up of attending recruiters can be found at

Other Helpful GATS Information

Directions to Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (Google Maps)
Construction and Parking Notice

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Trucking Highlights For April 2017

President Trump Agrees to Renegotiate NAFTA

trump_naftaOn Thursday, April 27, 2017, President Donald Trump announced he would renegotiate NAFTA instead of terminating it, saying, “I decided rather than terminating NAFTA, which would be a pretty big, you know, shock to the system, we will renegotiate,…We’re going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot.” He also stated that he will terminate NAFTA if they cannot come to a “fair deal.”

According to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), as of February 2017, US trade with Canada and Mexico increased 2.9% to $86.5 billion on an annual basis. NAFTA trade has consistently increased over the past several months.

Trucks carried 63.2% of U.S.-NAFTA freight in February and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners.

Proposed Ohio Bills Would Spend $8 Million To Fill Open Trucking Jobs

Ohio_bill_truck-driver-jobsThe Ohio Trucking Association backs the bill package that was introduced to hopefully fill thousands of vacant trucking jobs. They say that without it, 175,000 trucking jobs could be unoccupied in the next seven years.

Bill #1 would have Ohio spend $5 million towards CDL student scholarships, to help would-be students pay for school.

Bill #2 would have Ohio spend $3 million on driver training. The money would be in the form of tax credits for trucking companies that provide the training.

Bill#3 would make it easier for trucking companies to obtain insurance for younger drivers.

Bill #4 would ease the transition into the trucking industry for military veterans.

Senator Cliff Hite, a bill sponsor, said, “This is a huge opportunity for the state of Ohio. We have 8,000 to 9,000 job openings.”

The bills were introduced by Representatives Niraj Antani, Representative Ryan Smith, Representative Robert Sprague, and Senator Frank LaRose. They seek to fill thousands of currently open trucking jobs in Ohio. “We are looking at a driver shortage of about 50,000 nationwide,” Said Tom Balzer with the Ohio Trucking Association.

Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

us_infrastructureFor the trucking industry, bumpy and congested roads prove costly. Poor road conditions add $49.6 billion in costs, according to the trade group American Trucking Associations (ATA). Another $100 billion is lost due to congestion.

Trump plans to move forward with his $1 trillion infrastructure deal. Realizing that typical infrastructure projects take up to 1-2 decades to  complete, Trump promised to cut red tape that would hinder the project’s progress.

“The president has already started removing the regulatory roadblocks that have been killing projects before they’ve even begun through his executive actions, streamlining the permitting process and calling for each agency…to identify regulations that cause undue burden,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday.

This plan is set to include the modernization of U.S. roads, bridges, airports, electrical grid and water systems. The Trump administration plans to offer incentives for public-private partnerships rather than simply fund improvements.

Knight and Swift Merger Creates Single Largest Truckload Operating Group in North America

knight merges with swiftKnight Transportation Inc. and Swift Transportation Co., two of the nation’s largest trucking companies, said on Monday they would merge their businesses. Knight and Swift will operate under a single holding company if the deal is completed, but they will maintain distinct brands and operations.

The combined firm, to be known as Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, would have reported about $5 billion in annual revenue last year, the companies said. The new holding company would be based in Phoenix and operate about 23,000 trucks and have 28,000 employees.

“Indeed, by coming together under common ownership, the companies will be able to capitalize on economies of scale to achieve substantial synergies.” -Richard Dozer, Swift chairman


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President Trump Acknowledges Truckers

Officials and drivers from the Trucking Industry met with President Trump late last month. Furthermore, they met to speak about issues affecting truckers and the trucking industry, which primarily focused on healthcare. It was stated that the Affordable Care Act does not meet the needs of trucking employees and employers. The Trucking Industry is said to be the largest employer in 29 of 50 states.

During the meeting, President Trump acknowledged truckers saying, “No one knows America like truckers know America. You carry anything and everything; the food that stocks our shelves, the fuel that runs our cars, and the steel that builds our cities. America depends on you.”

“We need to put the people that move America forward – first.” – ATA President and CEO Chris Spear

In addition to the American Trucking Association, ten trucking company representatives and twelve drivers attended the meeting. These drivers have a combined 319 years of driving experience and 29.4 million accident-free miles!

Truck Driver Representatives 

Steve Fields, YRC Freight, Independence, Mo.
Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight System, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Green, Werner Enterprises, Hot Springs, Ark.
Rhonda Hartman, Old Dominion Freight Line, Des Moines, Iowa
John Lex, Walmart Transportation, Monroe, Ga.
David Livingston, TCW Inc., Springfield, Ga.
Don Logan, FedEx Freight, Eskridge, Kan.
Charlton Paul Jr., UPS Freight, Chester, N.Y.
Russell Simpson, Holland Inc., South Vienna, Ohio
Todd Stine, Carbon Express, Altoona, Pa.
Barney Earl Taylor, Penske, Orlando, Fla.
Derrick Whittle, Cargo Transporters Inc., Fieldale, Va.

Trucking Company Representatives 

ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president, Jet Express
Jim Burg, president and CEO, James Burg Trucking
David Congdon, CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line
Mike Ducker, president and CEO, FedEx Freight
Eric Fuller, CEO, U.S. Xpress
Neal Kedzie, president, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Rich McArdle, president, UPS Freight
Dennis Nash, CEO, Kenan Advantage Group
Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO, Crete Carrier Corp.
John Smith, chairman, CRST International


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