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NATM Convention & Trade Show 2016 Tracks NATM Convention & Trade Show 2016By Allison Malmstrom, NATM Events Director


Registration for the 2016 Convention & Trade Show opened Sept. 1, and of this writing, NATM has noticed an increase in registration among trailer manufacturers based on this time a year ago. Additionally, several trailer manufacturing companies are attending for the fi rst time using the Beginner’s Luck incentive. Beginner’s Luck includes a complimentary convention registration and up to three (3) complimentary hotel room nights at the host hotel for the convention, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. Beginner’s Luck is sponsored by The Carlstar Group and TexTrail Trailer Parts. Those interested in participating in Beginner’s Luck should contact Allison Malmstrom soon - complimentary hotel rooms are on a fi rst come, fi rst served basis and will go fast.


Attendees may register online at www.natm.com or by submitting a paper registration form (also found on the NATM website.) Full registration for trailer manufacturers began at $100 for those registering in September and increases $50 monthly until January 1, when it becomes $300. Trade Show only registration is $125 for trailer manufacturers.


Speed Networking – New Event for 2016


NATM is excited to present a new "speed networking" opportunity for both trailer manufacturers and suppliers. This event, held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, will allow participants an opportunity to make meaningful and quality connections with other attendees. The speed networking event allows attendees to pre-select the types of attendees they are interested in meeting (i.e. horse trailer manufacturers or window suppliers) based on a brief customized matching survey. At the event, participants will receive a customized schedule of meetings which is based on preferences.


Attendees can learn more and download the registration form by visiting www.natm.com. Register soon, as the event is limited to only 50 trailer manufacturers and 50 suppliers.


Early Warning Reporting & Recall


NATM is pleased to announce that an Early Warning Reporting & Recall session has been added to the Technical Forum agenda. Across the motor vehicle industry, recent years have seen a tremendous increase in the scrutiny of manufacturers’ compliance with federal regulations concerning recalls and safety defects. Hundreds of millions of dollars in fi nes have been levied on companies found to be non-compliant, including trailer manufacturers. NATM has commissioned the development of a guide to assist light- and medium-duty trailer manufacturers in understanding their obligations in this arena and to assist with compliance. K&L Gates attorney Bob Lawton has been the lead author of the guide and will discuss the highlights of what manufacturers need to know in order to ensure they have the correct processes in place to comply with these important regulations. This will be a session too important to miss.


Workshops


Three workshop sessions will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The proposed workshop topics (subject to change) are as follows:


Wednesday, February 10 10:00 a.m. • The Processes of Ownership Transition


1:30 p.m. • Creating a Culture of Safety


Thursday, February 11 9:30 a.m. • 5S and Lean Manufacturing


For the latest in convention news, please visit www.NATM.com or fi nd NATM on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Questions can also be emailed to Events Director, Allison Malmstrom, at Allison.Malmstrom@NATM.com.


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