Once a year in Loo-Vull...

There’s always a lot of great new products and services vying for the limelight at MATS; here’s just a few that will get your attention.

When we head to the Mid-America Trucking Show we’re eager to see the latest innovations in products and services the industry has to offer. Once every year, the trucking industry gathers in Louisville. Many manufacturers, service providers and recruiters make this the “show of shows” by holding back new products and announcements until “Loo-vull.” Here’s a preview.

If you’re looking for a great aerodynamic hood deflector you’ll need to stop by Pittfield Design’s exhibit. At booth #6327 you’ll find their newest design for the Freightliner Columbia, as well as designs for other major OEMs. A unique feature of Pittfield’s deflectors is that they mount securely behind the grill without having to drill any holes. For information call 1-888-248-2735.

Save-A-Load will show off its new Z-Bar, their next generation hydraulic cargo bracing bar. Z-Bar is made with high strength aircraft aluminum, it is the strongest load bar available and weighs only 8.8 lbs. It’s made to last for over 30,000 uses and it’s guaranteed to be free from defects in material or workmanship. It’s also designed to operate in low temps — 35 F all the way up to 160 F. Visit booth #1014 for a demo. For more information call 1-800-728-5623.

Twelve volts and chilling! That’s one way to describe Indel B’s new TB2001 console fridge/freezer. This truck-worthy portable unit is equipped with a true 12v DC compressor and uses a fully adjustable thermostat — not a thermal electric imitation cooler. Its dark gray/charcoal color, unique styling and compact size allows it to fit neatly between the seats. Stop by booth #772. There’s a cool show special, too. For more information call (941) 756-3785.

TIE Services is promoting a unique service to independent truckers. Now, even though you’re busy, truckers can use the TIE team to do load searching, dispatching, invoicing and routine load confirmation. It’s like having your own staff. TIE offers a broad range of other services, too, including load searching nationwide online at over 450 truckstops. Stop in at booth #6920, or call toll free 1-877-421-0880.www.tieservices.com

Shur-Co, “Your Tarp Solutions Company,” introduces the new Value Series Shur-Co Arm System at Louisville. This system has safety features like the non-slip crank and automatic Duo-Latch System that secures the arms to prevent any movement or floating. Stop by booth #5390, or call toll free 1-877-729-2969. www.shurco.com

Last year Sylvania introduced its brilliant Xenarc Auxiliary HID lighting system, and this year they’re back with a new innovation, the SilverStar high performance halogen product that offers color temperature comparable to HID technology. SilverStar illuminates with a crisp white light that creates a high-end appearance and provides clearer visibility. The lamps are designed to replace standard halogen light sources (bulbs) with a luminance up to 20 percent greater than other halogens. Visit booth #451. For information call 1-800-347-3420.

Editor’s note: If you are planning on being at the show, we recommend the “New Products” section of the MATS Show Directory. It’s a great source for new products and services.