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In search of the trucking industry’s top tech, the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA) recently held it’s first technician competition at Universal Technical Institute in Lisle, Illinois. JX was the Title Sponsor.

The two-day event included five stations of competition. Stations included a written exam, followed by troubleshooting challenges covering electrical, engines, brakes, HVAC, fasteners, PMI, tires and wheels and service diagnostics. Competitors were scored on accuracy and speed.

An enthusiastic crowd watched eagerly as 17 contestants showed their skills. Competition was tight with one tie and one event being won by just :15 seconds. A $100 cash award was presented to each first place station winner.

“There are a lot of talented techs out there. This event is a great way for them to showcase their skills, have fun and compete for the title of Top Tech.” said Cary Gallien, General Manager for JX Truck Center – Bolingbrook, IL.

“We were impressed by the turnout for our 2014 ITA Technician Competition”, added Randy Thomas, Associate Director of the ITA. “I was impressed at the skill level and comradery of those competing. The trucking industry can be proud.”

In the end, the 2014 Grand Champion for the challenge was Matt Weiman from Ryder, who outscored his closest competitor by 99 points. Matt will advance to the national SuperTech Competition later this year in Walt Disney World to compete against winners from other states.

About JX
JX is a family-owned, locally-operated group of more than 24 truck dealerships and support services in the upper midwest. JX Truck Center, JX Financial, Alltrux Capital, JX Rental, JX Leasing, JX Graphics, and Alltrux Truck & Trailer Parts are all subsidiaries. JX prides itself in their ability to help customers by providing transportation solutions to fit their long- and short-term goals. JX was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Hartland, Wisconsin proudly representing the Peterbilt, Volvo, Hino & Kalmar Ottawa brands. To learn more,

About the ITA
The Illinois trucking Association, ITA is a trade organization dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of its member companies by advocating sound public policies, providing excellence in education, training and information while promoting a safe, dependable and cost effective transportation system.

The ITA is committed to articulating the concerns of the trucking industry to government, regulatory bodies and the general public and further pledges to assist member companies in managing the impact of change in the trucking profession and to enhance the professional and economic growth of its members. To learn more, visit