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HDAW 2020 to Incorporate ADS Convention & Trade Show

Tuesday, August 6, 2019  
Posted by: Lauren Groves
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Gainesville, VA – August 6, 2019 – The Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) is proud to announce an agreement with the owners of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) to incorporate the ADS annual convention and tradeshow into HDAW, beginning January 2020.

ADS has been a sponsor organization since the initial HDAW in 2006.  With the move to the new location to Dallas, TX for 2020, there is enough space for ADS to exhibit and hold meetings within the week of HDAW.  ADS can take advantage of the common elements of the education program, Product Expo, and industry-wide networking and dining events while preserving the member-specific elements of their annual member meeting.

“ADS, its board, and its members are thrilled at the prospect of an enhanced participation level at HDAW,” said Laura Rountree, president of ADS ( and president of Industrial Diesel, Inc. “HDAW provides our members with increased business and educational opportunities.  We look forward to full participation at the Gaylord Texan in January – the venue provides ADS with ample space to hold our membership meetings, including committee meetings, technical sessions, and a great HDAW program for our members to improve their businesses.”

“The owners of HDAW, CVSN, HDDA/AutoCare, and HDMA/MEMA see significant industry value from further engagement in the event, with ADS deciding to hold their annual membership meeting as part of HDAW, beginning with HDAW 2020 in Texas,” stated owner representative Tim Kraus of HDMA.  “Our expanded space and flexibility offered with the new venue of the Gaylord Texan will greatly enhance everyone’s HDAW experience; ADS joining into the week is a positive thing for the independent aftermarket.”

Since its inception in 2006, HDAW has served as a platform for several industry associations to collaborate on a common week of similar events in one main conference while preserving their individual member-specific meeting functions in the days preceding HDAW’s opening.  This has been a successful formula for several organizations that has allowed each to thrive in a competitive environment for members’ time.  It has provided for an annual gathering of the independent channel of the heavy duty aftermarket and fostered considerable growth for both suppliers and distributors.

The Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) is the worldwide diesel industry's leading trade association, dedicated to the highest level of service on diesel fuel injection and related systems. Members are located throughout the world and consist of independent repair shops specializing in diesel fuel injection, drive-in, governor and turbocharger service. Members also encompass original equipment manufacturer (OEM), manufacturers and distributors of replacement parts and allied equipment and schools offering programs in diesel mechanic training.

To members, ADS means worldwide recognition by diesel owners and operators and an industry support network. To member's customers, ADS signifies a network of professionals dedicated to the achievement of high-caliber service.

The 15th annual HDAW will be held Jan. 27-30, 2020 in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, TX. HDAW is the largest North American gathering of the independent heavy duty aftermarket industry. More than 2,500 executives and managers from the U.S., Canada, and six other countries – including distributors, suppliers, service providers, educators, and industry media – attended the 2019 conference in Las Vegas.

HDAW is a business-to-business, executive conference presented by a joint operating committee of industry leaders from 12 distinguished industry associations: American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS), Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS), Auto Care Association/HDDA, Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN), HDA-Truck Pride, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), APRA's Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG), International Truck Parts Association (ITPA), Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), Power Heavy Duty, Service Specialists Association (SSA), and VIPAR Heavy Duty.

For more information, visit or go to or contact W.T. Glasgow, conference management, at 708.226.1300.