Family owned and operated for more than 75 years, Rigidized® Metals Corporation provides deep-textured, Rigid-tex® metal for utility vehicles and transportation applications. The company’s unique process of creating tread plate requires less preparation for finishing and can help achieve a better, longer lasting finish, keeping the equipment in sustainable service longer. Rigidized® Metals Corporation's brand of Rigid-tex® tread plate patterns, most specifically embossed pattern RTP®, has been used for many trailer applications.
Rigidized® Metals Corp. Offers Greater Rigidity, Strength, and Impact Resistance with Textured Metal
By Beth Neel, Rigidized® Metals Corporation, Senior Marketing Specialist
By Joe Orman, EnChem
Thirty years in the trailer industry has proven two constants: the constant of change in industry areas such as metals, markets, manufacturing techniques, environments, and regulations; and, the constant dependability of EnChem.
EnChem is a chemical solutions provider that is up to the task that change continuously brings to the trailer industry. Based out of Kingston, Okla., EnChem focuses on hazardous waste site remediation and uses its patented technologies to solve problems arising for their clients, their own company and for the environment.
By Mark Assenmacher, Peterson Manufacturing, Marketing Director
Bill Graves, former two-term Kansas Governor (1995-2003) and current President and CEO of American Trucking Associations (ATA), was a special guest at Peterson Manufacturing Company’s corporate campus May 13.
By Pam Trusdale, NATM Executive Director
By Andrew Dearing, CIC, MWCA
By Keith Jackson, Wilson Trailer Company
CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT (more)
The discounted NATM rate for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is $159/night. Plan on coming early, staying late and bringing your family! Based on hotel availability, the rate will be available for the three days prior to the convention, as well as the three days post should attendees want to extend their stay. Disney is known for their service, and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will not disappoint. It is the largest single-level convention center on the East Coast. The resort surrounds Lago Dorado, a beautiful, fresh water lake. The resort celebrates the spirit of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. There is complimentary wi-fi in all guest rooms and common areas, five swimming pools, children’s playground, fitness center and a nature walk.
BEGINNER'S LUCK PROGRAM
The NATM Convention Committee has been looking at ways to increase trailer manufacturer attendance at the convention. Several years ago, the committee introduced the Beginner’s Luck program. The program allows new trailer manufacturer members and long-time members, who have not previously attended, an opportunity to receive two complimentary convention registrations and two complimentary hotel room nights at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This promotion is not possible without the support of NATM's sponsors including TexTrail Trailer Parts who is sponsoring the 2017 Beginner’s Luck promotion.
Registration brochures will be sent in late summer, in time for registration to open on Sept. 1. Trailer manufacturers - remember that the earlier you register, the more money you will save! Registrations will be as low as $100 for trailer manufacturer members beginning Sept. 1, the price to attend will increase every month thereafter.
The 2017 schedule of events will be very similar to the 2016 schedule, but you may notice a few changes. One of the Convention Committee’s goals is to keep enhancing the program and to make the event more worthwhile every year. Previous year’s evaluations are carefully reviewed and much thought goes into scheduling changes. Based on evaluations, the Technical Forum will be moved back to Wednesday and Thursday. The agenda for the Technical Forum will be announced later this summer. The newly added Speed Networking event was a great success and will return in 2017 on Wednesday afternoon. Speed Networking is limited to 100 attendees - 50 trailer manufacturers and 50 suppliers. Plan to register early for this event so that you can reserve your spot. Registration for Speed Networking will open when event registration opens in September. (more)
GOLF TOURNAMENT (more)
The golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Celebration Golf Club. Celebration is one of a handful of courses co-designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Father of American Golf Architecture, and his son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It is built on scenic wetlands, features native wildlife and is surrounded by early 1900’s style estates, giving the club a private feel. It is also ranked in the Top 25 of Public Courses by Golf World magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award. The cost to play in the golf tournament is $150, and attendees can sign up online or using the registration forms found on NATM's website.
TRADE SHOW OPEN (more)
Trade show space opened to all supplier members and non-members on June 22nd. If you have not already received your exhibitor brochure or if you are ready to reserve space, contact Tradeshow Director, Monica Johnson.
As always, the Convention & Trade Show would not be possible without the support of its generous sponsors. NATM wants to ensure that there are sponsorship levels available for all budgets, and it was realized that the sponsorship program needed to be updated. Some of the sponsor levels have new names, and this year, NATM is introducing a "Featured Sponsor" designation. Many sponsorship op-portunities are still available - please visit the NATM convention website for additional information or contact Allison Malmstrom.