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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 30 - December 06, 2016

Advantage Expands Southern Reach

Advantage Funding hired Scott Burnett to broaden sales in the company's Class 8, vocational-truck and tow-truck financing business. As Regional Sales Manager, Burnett will handle accounts in southern Florida and portions of northern Florida, southern Georgia and Alabama. "Scott's considerable experience in leasing and the commercial truck market will benefit customers in both our truck-load and vocational-truck segments," said Carol Dmytriw, National Sales Manager, Truck Division. Burnett recently was VP of Commercial Leasing for Bank of the Ozarks. Source:
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City Seeks to Start Rotation

The city of Beaumont, Calif., is seeking proposals from towing companies so the city can set up it's own tow rotation list for police calls. The city council approved the change at the recommendation of Police Chief Sean Thuilliez. The city currently uses the California Highway Patrol's contract for tows that are initiated by city police. Thuilliez wrote that under the arrangement the city has no control over which companies the city does business with and is unable to hold companies accountable. Tow companies would have to be on call for roadside assistance, as well as vehicle removal, storage or related services to vehicles, according to a city staff report. Questions are due Dec. 21 and bids by Jan. 12; recommendations will be Feb. 17. Source:

Man Hits Tower with O2 Tank

Lawrence Starr, 74, bashed a tower on the head with his oxygen tank in a Florida post office parking lot. Starr got angry that the tow truck was in his way and he started yelling at the driver who was servicing a car, according to police. The driver didn't move the truck so Starr got out of his car and pulled the keys out of the truck's ignition. The truck driver did the same to Starr, who then attacked. Source:
Advantage Expands Southern Reach
New regional manager targets financing in southeastern states
City Seeks to Start Rotation
Beaumont, Calif., wants more control of tows in the city
Man Hits Tower with O2 Tank
Angry senior hits tower with breathing machine apparatus
American Towman Exposition XXVIII Gallery

Towmen Rain Praise on AT Expo

Not since the very first American Towman Exposition in 1989, when the show's success caught the industry by surprise, have so many attendees expressed their appreciation for the moment. In short, the Greatest Show of All Time lived up to its billing for thousands of tow business owners and the 250 exhibitors inside the Baltimore Convention Center this past weekend.

The highlights of the event are too many to list here, but here are a few standouts: the "100 Years" song performed at the Centennial Celebration saluting 100 years of towng; the sheer immensity of the show that took up the entire convention center for the first time in the show's 28 year run, from the exhibit hall, through the new Garage District to the American Wrecker Pageant that wowed the crowd; one military wrecker and one homemade light duty rotator representative of a most unique Pageant.

Towers came from all 50 states and some 21 nations. One American Towman Medal winner travelled from Australia to receive towing's most prestigious honor. Total attendance surpassed last year's all-time high by150 people, over 14,000 in all over the three day showing of exhibits.

Century 1150 & 1150R

century3456 25b33Century's 1150 features 360° of continuous boom rotation, a three-stage recovery boom, optional deck and turret mounted winches and field tested and proven SDU-4 underlift. The 1150 technology is also available in the Century 1150R that features a unique patented roller system that allows the boom to travel up to 60". Get a closer look at these and other Miller Industries products at the American Towman Exposition, Nov. 18-20, Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
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Emily Oz Reports • November 30 - December 06, 2016

Thank You

We had another great weekend this year in Baltimore, Md., as American Towman Exposition XXVIII was enjoyed by one and all.

Many attendees approached our staff with expressions of gratitude for acknowledging the hard-working men and women who labor to keep our roads clear from accidents big and small.

One particular moment that meant a lot to me personally came from Lincoln (Ill.) Rural Fire Protection District Chief Chris Buse and Asst. Fire Chief Ryan Sheley. They traveled all the way to Baltimore to participate in the Towman Order ceremony, pinning new Captain Robert Gaston of RBC Towing & Recovery in Lincoln, Ill. Both Buse and Sheley stated how great it was that towmen got the recognition that they deserve from their often-underappreciated job they do.

I heard comments like that all weekend from towmen and guests alike, and each time it brought a smile to my face.

But, "it takes two to tango," and on behalf of American Towman magazine and Tow Industry Week, I would just like to thank the men and women of our fantastic industry for its support. It doesn't happen without you.
--Charles Duke
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