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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 01 - March 07, 2017

Md. Towman Wins Lottery

Just five years ago, a 60-year-old Gaithersburg, Md., towman was involved in a bad accident that cost a lot of money. His family had to relocate. "(A)s I sat in my car, I looked up at the sky and prayed for a miracle," the Montgomery County resident told Maryland Lottery officials. That prayer came true for the tower of nearly 10 years. A scratch-off ticket gave them a $100,000 top prize that will let them—among other things—pay off their bills and take a family vacation. Source:
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Woman Survives Being Trapped in Creek

A Cazadero, Calif., woman survived a harrowing night in the middle of a swollen creek in western Sonoma County after she drove off Cazadero Highway and became trapped in her car for eight hours before being rescued early Saturday morning. Victoria Trautvetter drove off the winding two-lane road about 11:45 p.m. Friday, striking several trees as her Subaru plunged down the bank and overturned once before landing on its wheels in Austin Creek. "If this would have happened last week when the creek was really running, she'd have gone under," said Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman. At daybreak someone spotted the vehicle and called for help, Baxman said. Towman John Yost, who was dispatched to the scene around 8:30 a.m. to retrieve the vehicle, called the ordeal a "double miracle." Source:

AutoReturn Continues Growth

AutoReturn has facilitated more than 1.2 million municipal tows to date using its digitized platform, representing 200,000-plus tows per year, according to a press release. The numbers were fueled in part by the company's addition of three new municipalities: Las Vegas, Austin and Denver. "2016 marked the first time in our company's history that we added on three major metropolitan areas in the same year," said AutoReturn CEO John Wicker. "We're proud of our achievements in making the towing experience simpler and easier for everyone." Source:
Woman Survives Being Tapped in Creek
Rescued by towman the next morning
Md. Towman Wins Lottery
Hits for $100,000 after praying for a miracle
AutoReturn Continues Growth
Company has performed over 1.2 million tows to date

Tire Prices Increasing in 2017

Truckers and drivers of all types of vehicles can expect to pay more for tires this year. Michelin and Yokohama were the latest tire companies to announce price increases, following other big names such as Bridgestone, Cooper and Goodyear.

Michelin and Yokohama announced prices increases recently of 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Goodyear, Cooper and Bridgestone all announced price increases of up to 8 percent earlier this year, according to Modern Tire Dealer, a trade publication covering the tire industry.

The increase in tire prices is because of an expected rise in natural rubber prices. On Jan. 13, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries released its "Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics" for December 2016. In the report, ANRPC noted a rebound in natural rubber prices as a result of increasing oil prices, supply concerns after flooding in South Thailand, renewed expectation of a U.S.-led faster global economic recovery, and the resultant improved demand outlook.

ANRPC's analysis expects "a substantial rise in rubber prices during 2017."

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American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • March 01 - March 07, 2017

Towing's [b]Artistic Side

It's not all about chains, straps, flatbeds, rotators and recoveries, you know.

Sometimes it's necessary to take time out to see towing's artistic side.

American Towman Magazine has done several stories in recent years on those who make the trucks come alive with their artistic vision. On a weekly basis, George Nitti articulates what brings these units to life through art in his colorful Tow Illustrated feature here in Tow Industry Week.

Instead of a paint brush, towing's troubadour Mike Corbin uses his guitar to tell the tales of the towman's life through the Towman Ballads that one hears at American Towman's three Expos.

This week, Jenelle Hansen penned a poem titled, "Tribute to a Tow Truck Driver," which originally appeared in the Quay County (N.M.) Sun and is excerpted on this week's News page in this edition.

Who knew that you hard-workin', hard-chargin' tough guys ... could be appreciated in such artistic forms?
--Charles Duke
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