Intermodal EXPO Signals Industry Strength with 2,000+ Turnout
CALVERTON, MD (September 16, 2022) – The Intermodal Association of North America welcomed over 2,000 freight leaders to Long Beach, California for the 2022 Intermodal EXPO. Alongside signature networking and the Exhibit Hall showcase, the event discussions focused on the ongoing supply chain challenges and opportunities that have captured public interest.
Against the backdrop of the Port of Long Beach, Dr. Noel Hacegaba, IANA’s chairman and deputy director of the Port, kicked EXPO off by sharing a Congressional resolution recognizing Sept. 13 as “Intermodal Day”. The proclamation affirmed the intermodal industry’s contribution to the movement of freight and to a vibrant United States economy.
Intermodal EXPO’s first general session, “Inside Intermodal”, which was led by John Larkin of Clarendon Capital, offered thoughts and insights on intermodal’s directional arrows from the perspectives of 3PLs, motor carriers, rail and marine. This piece of the program also included the presentation of the Association’s three industry awards: the Silver Kingpin Award – Ted Prince; the Chairman’s Award – Jim Newsome; and the Intermodal Achievement Award – Congressman Alan Lowenthal.
The second general session, “What's Next for the Independent Contractor Model in California?”, examined the impact of AB5 legislation in California and its potential ramifications across the country. The moderator was Marc Blubaugh of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff.
EXPO’s final general session addressed recent shortages of key intermodal equipment in “Intermodal Chassis Provisioning — Where are We Now and What's Next?” The conversation featured C-suite decision-makers and senior executives, including moderator Bill Hamlin of Gray Wolf Group LLC.
The sold-out Exhibit Hall at this year’s EXPO brought together 110 companies offering products and services that keep the industry moving forward. Eleven among them delivered product overviews to target attendees in the EXPO Dialogue Box.
Plans are already underway for Intermodal EXPO 2023 to be held in Long Beach, September 11-13.
IANA’s roster of corporate members includes railroads, ocean carriers, ports, intermodal truckers and over-the-road highway carriers, intermodal marketing and logistic companies, and suppliers to the industry. This roster gives IANA a unique position within the intermodal community, one which is authoritative, holistic and able to affect change that benefits everyone. IANA consistently supports the shared needs, interests, and goals of its diverse members – regardless of mode or function – with business solutions, education, and networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.intermodal.org.