Make time for HDAW

Blogs Lucas Deal August 10, 2013

Have you marked the dates on your calendar yet? Have you penciled in your time at HDAW 2014?

Go ahead and check, I’ll wait here.

If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to get on it. January will be here before you know it and you don’t want to miss out on one of the best events in the aftermarket.

Scheduled for Jan. 27-30, 2014 at the Mirage, the upcoming HDAW 2014 event is shaping up to be another great week for the aftermarket.

I spent time at the HDAW 2014 planning meeting earlier this summer and was wowed by the process. The organizers of the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week dedicate a spectacular amount of time working to make January’s event the rewarding and influential experience it is for aftermarket businesses.

I think this year’s event is going to be one you don’t want to miss.

With a theme of “Driving Energy into the Industry’s Future,” the HDAW will feature multiple speakers and educational sessions detailing how energy sources are changing the world we live in.

The rapid acceleration of natural gas as an engine fuel will be addressed, as will the effect the more alternative-fueled trucks may have on your parts and service operation.

But HDAW won’t just look at energy as it relates to vehicle fuels; the convention also plans to provide valuable educational sessions to help aftermarket businesses see how they can take advantage of alternative energy sources to both run and grow their businesses.

I think that’s a great idea.

It’s easy to get caught up thinking about the new parts you need to stock if your best customer decides to purchase natural gas trucks — but alternative energy isn’t just a fuel issue. It could change the way you operate your entire business.

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at

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