Missouri Dump Truckers Association aims to work more with legislators

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COLUMBIA - The Holiday Inn Select Executive Center will be filled with Missouri Dump Truckers Association (MTDA) members and vendors all over Missouri and surrounding states on Friday and Saturday.

This will be the 46th convention and trade show the MTDA has hosted, and MTDA executive director, Richard McIntosh hopes the convention will provide opportunities to members and those who are interested.

"Our organization also serves as an opportunity to network with other owner operators, learn from their experience, and help us comply with regulators," McIntosh said.

He also said wants the organization to have the ability to monitor legislation and be able to interact with legislators and propose changes like bridge laws and driver safety.

Throughout 46 years, the association kept a "strong core group" of about 300 members. McIntosh said there will be a wave of third generations coming to the convention.

Among the members, there will also be 40 vendors to sell equipment.

According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there are 6.8 million people employed in the trucking industry. However, MTDA needs more drivers and hopes the convention will educate newcomers on the industry and association.

Missouri is one of three states that has an association for dump truckers. 

Friday will be the only day open to MTDA members while the convention and trade show will be open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.