The morning of Wednesday, April 10 is dedicated entirely to the technical tour program. There will be three tours, of which you may choose one.
You must have a Full Registration and pre-register for a Technical Tour to participate. Register for the conference with a Full Registration, and then check the box of the tour you wish to participate in.
The Charlotte Department of Transportation Northwest Operations Yard and Administrative Facility is a state-of-the-art facility, built in 2006. This tour of the facility will highlight the division's snow fighting equipment, 5,000-ton salt storage building and it's highly-effective salt brine manufacturing system with 10,000 gallons salt brine and 5,000 gallon calcium chloride storage capacity. Technicians from the City of Charlotte's Fleet Management Division will also be on hand to demonstrate the tools and equipment used to fight snow and ice on more than 5,200 lane miles of City roadway and maintain the over 6,200+ pieces of rolling and non-rolling stock used throughout the City and County. This tour also functions as the hands-on supplement to the Education Session "Biodiesel in Winter-What You Need To Know". As an extension of the Education Session, you will also be able to perform easy and biodiesel testing that you can take back to work.
This tour takes you to Freightliner Trucks' Mount Holly Plant. Thanks to their more than 630,000 square feet of floor space and approximately 1,550 employees, the Mount Holly facility was recently able to celebrate the production of its 500,000th vehicle – a Freightliner Business Class M2. Open in 1979, the Mount Holly Plant originally produced long-haul heavy-duty Freightliner trucks for customers in the eastern United States and Canada. Discover the major renovation and expansion that took place in 2002 that readied the plant for M2 production and allowed them to hit this historical milestone.
Located in Cornelius, NC, the Michael Waltrip Racing Shop encompasses over 11 acres and more than 140,000 square feet of NASCAR excitement. Opened in 2007, the complex houses Michael Waltrip Racing's three SPRINT Cup Series race teams: Clint Bowyer (#15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry), Mark Martin (#55 Aaron's Toyota Camry) and Martin Truex Jr. (#56 NAPA Toyota Camry). During this tour, you'll observe the inner workings of production such as the machine shop, shocks, suspension, gears & transmission, paint booth, fabrication and final assembly departments as technicians build the cars you see every weekend on TV. In addition, you'll see short films throughout the tour that further detail the immense amount of work it takes to get these machines on the race track. Weather and schedule permitting, you can even watch a LIVE Pit Practice session. Following the tour, you'll be able to visit the Team Store for a memento from your favorite driver and this one-of-a-kind tour.
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