Fleet managers will have a unqiue opportunity to keep up with innovations in new vocational trucks, equipment, and related products at the Work Truck Show 2009. North America's largest work truck event is held in conjunction with the 45th Annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Convention March 4-6 at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

The event offers fleet managers more than 40 industry-specific training courses; special sessions on green trucks and 2010 emission-compliant chassis; a green truck ride-and-drive; and countless opportunities to consult with technical personnel and network with peers.

Of particular interest to producers who want to make their fleets more sustainable, the Green Truck Summit, sponsored by International Truck, will provide information on hybrid and alternative fuel options. The summit is the industry's foremost forum for real-world applications of the green revolution as it impacts commercial trucks. This special session takes place 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 3. A ticket is required.

Fleet managers face their own set of challenges regarding 2010 emission-compliant chassis. They can gain a better understanding of how their equipment specifications and operations may be affected by 2010 model year diesel trucks at the Truck Fleet Manager Training Session & Networking Luncheon,11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 5. This session is open only to fleet managers and includes lunch. A ticket is required.

Exclusively for fleet managers, the Fleet Management Symposium is a full-day program on March 3 focusing on financial and operational practices that can reduce costs while increasing shop labor productivity. Well-known fleet consultant Kelly Walker, president of Kelly Walker Associates, leads the symposium. Separate, advance registration is required.

During show hours on March 4 and 5, attendees can test-drive more than a dozen street-legal new hybrid and alternative fuel commercial vehicles as part of the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive. Participation is free and sign up is available on-site. The latest hybrid and alternative fuel technology will be displayed in the Green Truck Pavilion. Exhibitors include hybrid and alternative fuel truck manufacturers, component suppliers, and system integrators.

For more on the event, visit www.ntea.com.