- The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association has finalized the schedule for the 2018 Specialized Transportation Symposium, Feb. 27 – March 2, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch in St. Louis. The annual event brings together specialized transportation professionals and government permitting officials to discuss a variety of topics, including permitting harmonization, safety, regulations, compliance and some of the most pressing topics in specialized transportation.

The Symposium will open with a must-see presentation from Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett International Group, and Ellen Voie, President & CEO of Women in Trucking. Recent research has found that companies with more gender diversity enjoy 15 percent better financial returns than those without women. As two of the industry’s leading female CEOs, the duo will discuss the practical and financial benefits of how changing your company’s values and hiring practices can lead to greater success.

Another highlight of the Symposium, “Uniform Permit Transport 2021,” will discuss SC&RA’s groundbreaking proposal for 100 percent uniform permit weight analysis and allowance. This panel discussion will feature two state DOT engineers and will analyze and debate the merits of the proposal. Representatives of SC&RA will also share a plan of action to fight for uniformity with the expressed purpose of saving members time and money.

Additional can’t-miss presentations include: Inspections & OS/OW Enforcement in the Midwest & Beyond; What’s Really Going On In Washington, D.C.?; In-Cab Technology: Changing the Role of Drivers; and Bigger Is Better: Using New Driver Training To Break Down The Complexity Of Specialized Carriers.

“This is one of the most ambitious Specialized Transportation Symposium agendas we’ve ever offered,” said SC&RA Vice President Steven Todd. “The value of meeting and networking with state permit officials and being at the forefront of our new Uniform Permit Transport 2021 initiative will be invaluable as companies look for ways to expand their efficiency and ultimately their bottom line.”

As always, the Symposium will also host an extensive exhibit center featuring 58 of the industry’s leading companies showcasing products and equipment on the market. Additionally, the Leadership Forum is returning for its second year, an event intended to engage rising stars in their 20s and 30s and provide them with the necessary tools to leverage their SC&RA memberships for company and career success. For more information about the Leadership Forum or to apply, visit

Registration for the 2018 Specialized Transportation Symposium opens on November 14, and discounted early-bird registration will close on Dec. 8. Updates and further information can be found at

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,360 members from 46 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.

For further information, contact:
Lisa Grepps, Director, Marketing & Communications
(703) 698-0291

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