A record 519 dealers attended this year’s North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) Trade Show & Convention earlier this month in Indianapolis, the association announced Tuesday.
The record-setting total was 5 percent higher than 2017. The 2018 event also featured 83 manufacturers, a 6 percent increase from 2017, and 160 vendors — 47 of which were exhibiting for the very first time.
“The incredible attendance and feedback we received this year shows dealers value our insightful educational topics,” says Andy Ackerman, NATDA president.
Among the highlights of this year’s event were the 2018 NATDA New Product Awards. Voted on by event attendees, the awards saw first-year exhibitors Link Lock, LLC (first place) and Eagle Hydraulics, Inc. (second place) take home the top prizes, while Gen-Y Hitch, marking its third consecutive year on the podium, placed third.
NATDA will head to the America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo., next year for the 2019 NATDA Trade Show & Convention from Sept. 5-7, 2019.