Produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, The Work Truck Show 2015 was held March 4–6, with educational sessions and the concurrent Green Truck Summit kicking off March 3, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

According to a press release, 2015 was a big year, with a record-setting 11,005 industry professionals from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 23 countries in attendance, breaking the previous attendance record of 10,408 set in 2012.

Major new product introductions included the  Mercedes-Benz Vans Metris mid-size van, the Ford F-750 Tonka dump truck, Hino Trucks’ move into the Class 4 market with its 155 model, Chevrolet’s introduction of a 2015 Colorado box delete option, Ram Commercial’s expansion of its Ram 2500 CNG offerings, Utilimaster’s reveal of its new VELOCITY walk-in van and STAHL’s debut of the industry’s first polymer composite service body, the Razorback.

Tools of the Trade (a sister publication to Public Works) editor David Frane attended for the first time this year, and recently shared 22 of his favorite unique finds.

While there, I saw everything from caps, service bodies, and storage systems to high-tech gizmos for converting vehicles to electric, CNG, or hybrid operation. It's a great show; the only downside is I can no longer drive down the highway without checking out every work truck and van I see.

Check out Dave's faves, especially No. 11, a super cool TruckOffice. Read More