The Service Specialists Association (SSA) held its 2023 convention earlier this month in Burlington, Vermont, and the event was a high mark of the year for many independent heavy-duty truck repair center attendees.
Held Oct. 3-5, the convention two days packed with excellent presentations and a plant tour of PG Adams, a truck frame rail manufacturer.
Two very knowledgeable industry speakers gave presentations. The first day, David McCleave, director, Aftermarket, Hendrickson International, presented what the expectations for the heavy-duty truck market will be moving forward through 2024. McCleave’s expert knowledge, coupled with compiled data, gave all attendees great insight into how Hendrickson International views the coming months and 2024.
On the second day, Molly MacKay Zacker of MacKay and Company shared current economic highlights impacting the medium- heavy-duty truck and trailers market. She noted while the economic factors are a bit bleak, the aftermarket is continuing to post strength, mostly driven by parts price increases. Her advice (borrowed from Dr. Bob Dieli), "keep your chin strap buckled in the coming year."
Also throughout the convention, a number of suppliers gave presentations on what’s new in their lines moving forward. Those companies included: Atro, Automann, APM Auto Components, Bee Line Truck Alignment Equipment, Cummins-Meritor, Dayton Parts, Interstate Billing Service, L&H Threaded Rod, Link Manufacturing, Roadforge Software, STEMCO and Weller Truck Parts.
This year's meeting also featured one-on-one meetings for attendees and suppliers. With SSA’s progressive leadership, new added benefits will be introduced to members during 2024. Interested in joining SSA, checkout the SSA website, www.SSATruck.com.