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

What are you looking forward to the most?


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4th of July Cargo Theft

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Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner. Americans around the country will take time off of work to celebrate our country’s liberty with family and friends, and rightfully so.

After all, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. It states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

(Previous Blog: Total loss of $173M in 2016… read more)

These are happy times in the land of the free, but TRUCKERS BEWARE:

The five most popular states for cargo theft surrounding the July Fourth holiday are Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Illinois, according to CargoNet data.

The most common targets around the fourth of July holiday are food and beverages and electronics and metals (more info shown in the image below). In 2015, total loss during the Fourth of July weekend estimated to be close to $11M.

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Food and Beverage Theft

The top theft locations have been truck stops, warehouses and parking lots. Haul Hound a company with offerings that are self-described as a “Digital Freight Matching App for Truckers”, notes that people in the industry do not typically label food and beverage as a highly targeted commodity. However, the company’s paper on cargo theft  describes the commodity as one that is attractive due to its untraceable features, low cost/ low security, and its ability to be consumed rather quickly.

Cargo crimes rise as much as 40 percent on holiday weekends compared to non-holiday weekends, according to security consulting firm FreightWatch International. As a side note, it’s important to note that non-holiday weekend are most definitely targeted for theft activity, especially between the hours of 3AM and 5AM.

July Fourth Cargo Theft Trends

(Source: CargoNet)
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