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ICYMI 2017: TBB’s top galleries

We revamped our website in 2017, and also adjusted our philosophy on posting photos from industry events: Rather than waiting for print coverage to show what went on at the biggest shows of the year, we’re now taking photos to the web first—and, based on page views, the from-the-floor galleries are a hit.


CHICAGO. ‘Industrial Evolution’ was the theme as some 1,700 exhibitors occupied three-quarters of a million square feet of McCormick Center floor space here for the largest-ever FABTECH, billed as manufacturing’s premier event.

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Expo Transporte 2017

GAUDALAJARA, JAL. Take away the music, the vibrant colors, the parade of not-unattractive brand representatives, and all the rest that makes for a high-energy atmosphere, and Expo Transporte ANPACT would be just another trade show. Of course, take away those things and this wouldn’t be Latin America’s premiere exhibition of commercial vehicles, featuring the latest in market-tailored transportation solutions from global equipment manufacturers.

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Wabash National

Billed as “the first of its kind in the North American trailer industry,” Wabash National hosted a ribbon cutting event in October at its new manufacturing operation in Little Falls, MN. The facility will serve as the primary manufacturing site for Wabash National’s proprietary molded structural composite (MSC) panels. It will also be a flexible launch facility for the final assembly of MSCT refrigerated trailers. 

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Do you remember when trailers looked like this? The Truck Trailer Manufacturer’s Association passed along some photos from way, way back as part of the organization’s 75th Anniversary celebration.

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INDIANAPOLIS. The growing popularity of online purchases is increasing demand for delivery vehicles, and based on some of the new truck bodies shown at 2017’s Work Truck Show, truck body manufacturers are responding. Even trailer manufacturers are crossing into the truck body market in an effort to meet the needs of long-standing customers and to generate some new ones. (Look for a preview of the 2018 show in this month’s magazine.)

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