The NTEA, the professional association of the work truck industry, has elected to cancel its signature event, Work Truck Week, held annually in Indianapolis, due to safety concerns surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Work Truck Week is an umbrella event that includes both the Work Truck Show and the Green Truck Summit.
Peter Miller, NTEA Board Chair, and Steve Carey, NTEA President and CEO, issued a joint statement on the cancellation that reads in part:
After extensive and careful deliberation, we have realized a typical Work Truck Week is not possible in 2021. The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors and staff is paramount, and was a driving factor in the Board of Directors assessing the feasibility of the 2021 event.
Doing what’s right for the work truck industry is NTEA’s number-one priority and commitment, which is why it was extremely hard — but ultimately necessary — to make this decision. We know each year the commercial vehicle industry relies on this event to further business opportunities and strengthen professional connections.
For the last several months, we have collaborated closely with our partners in Indianapolis to find creative solutions. However, due to necessary restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, options for delivering a high-quality, productive in-person event are not possible. We cannot confidently ensure attendees, exhibitors and industry stakeholders will be able to accomplish their goals or get what they need (and rightfully expect) from Work Truck Week.
This marks the first time, and hopefully the last, we’ve had to take this course of action in The Work Truck Show’s 20-year history, and it weighs heavily. To everyone who has helped shape this event over the years — whether through ideas and insights, sponsor and exhibitor contributions, or by showing up — thank you for your continued support and patience over the last few months. We can’t tell you how much it will mean when we’re gathered together once again in 2022.
The statement concludes with a pledge from the NTEA to re-dedicate itself to serving its members and industry, while planning for the 2022 Work Truck Week. For more information visit www.worktruckshow.com.