Truck toys and other monster truck accessories are starting to make a comeback.
In addition to their popularity, these vehicles offer a unique opportunity to create new jobs for local residents, said Todd Ellington, the president of the Maine Association of Real Estate Agents.
The state, Ellingons association said, has lost over 40,000 jobs since the economic downturn hit.
“It’s a great opportunity for us,” he said.
The Maine Association has been working with local business owners and government officials to promote the growth of truck toy production.
Truck toys are a good way to diversify the economy, said Ellingtons executive director, Jeff Linn.
In a statement, the Maine State Legislature passed a law in 2013 allowing for the manufacture of trucks and other toy accessories.
The legislation also made it illegal to sell truck toys to minors, and banned trucks and trailers from being parked on public property, including roads.
The ban was later expanded to include the public spaces in rural areas.
Truck toy manufacturers are looking to expand their sales in the future.
“I think the demand for trucks is going to be there,” Ellingsons association president said.
In the next two years, the association will be working with other groups, such as the Maine Tourism Development Authority, to help the truck toy industry expand.
The association has also developed a training program for truck toy makers to help educate the public about truck toy safety.
“The trucks themselves are safe, they are safe as a whole,” Elledsons group president said, “but it’s the accessories that are really important.”