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William Ellis’ found day after bridge crash in South Carolina
Mix of approaches creates distinct graphics
Unit simultaneously records video, provides camera views
One of the best things about recovery is that every job is different
Billing will be on hold until Aug. 1
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Registration Up 25% for ShowPlace

Seems that attendees going to the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas will have even more company this year, as advance registration for the show is pacing at an increase in attendance.

"Advance registration for the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas is 25 percent ahead of this same time last year," said Patrice Gesner, registration manager at American Towman Expositions.

This year's show, held during Tow Industry Week from May 8-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, will highlight several training, seminar and networking events for attendees. Among the highlights are: heavy-duty recovery training by WreckMaster, American Towman Academy conferences, and CTTA's annual Industry Leaders and Awards Night.

New at this year's trade show is a two-day seminar on recovery billing, bowling bingo and a special concert featuring "towing's troubadour," Mike Corbin.

Online registration is taking place and hotel rooms are going fast. Visit and be a part of a week of tow industry splendor.

Source: AT staff.
Agero is hosting a webinar this afternoon, April 7, on the CARES Act.
Inside Interstate: Top Tow Boss Shares His Story of Building Success in a Tough Market
Don't Miss It!
American Towman Field Editor Terry Abejuela’s “Calculating Recovery Resistance” seminar will highlight techniques for calculating recovery resistances due to the recovery path surface and slope, as well as rolling resistance. This is essential to avoid overloading equipment and ensuring that the recovery operation will be successful. Join Terry for this informative session during the American Towman Exposition at the Baltimore Convention Center, November 20-22, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stepping Out on Faith

You've been at this towing thing for a minute. You've rubbed elbows with the right people and made the connections necessary to keep your business afloat.

Now is the time to buy that rotator you've been holding back from purchasing, right?

Here's the part where you start to overthink it—and you think more about what can go wrong more than what will go right if you make that acquisition.

But, there's no need to think about negative outcomes. You've done alright for yourself; and though you'd be adding a considerable expense, you know that you'll be able to get enough additional business that it will pay for itself.

You are the engine, the nerve center—the one who makes it happen. You've done it before; there's no reason to believe you can't do it again. Besides, even if there is a hiccup—you've dealt with it and kept it moving.

So go ahead—step out on faith. Every time you've done it thus far, you've come up a winner; why would this time be any different?

--Charles Duke

Tow Industries

TowIndustries 1d89fTow Industries is a long-established tow truck dealer – as well as a complete tow truck center and tow truck distributor. Southern California's longest operating tow truck center is an authorized dealer of Vulcan, Holmes and Challenger tow trucks, and they stock a huge inventory of pre-owned tow trucks, wreckers, and car carriers. See what Tow Industries has to offer at the American Towman ShowPlace at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 8-11.
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‘Towing’s Troubadour’ Mike Corbin has recorded a tribute song to all those on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic called, And They Went Back In.” Cover art.

Truck Falls Off Overpass, Kills Towman

A towman is dead after his truck fell off a bridge at a busy interstate junction on I-20 in Pearl, Mississippi. Rankin County Coroner David Ruth told local news outlets that 37-year-old Michael Buffington of Richland died Thursday morning. Buffington was driving a wrecker that fell from an elevated U.S. 49 ramp into a grassy area next to Interstate 20 during Jackson's morning rush hour. Pearl Police Lt. John Chalk says a second vehicle was involved in the wreck. It stayed on the overpass. Injuries to people in the second vehicle were unclear. Chalk says police are investigating what happened. Rain may have contributed. Source:

Miracle in Manntown: Towman Credited with Rescue

A towman working the graveyard shift is being credited for possibly saving an elderly woman's life. Chris Miracle, who works for his family's business Miracle Towing and Recovery in Macclenny, Florida, was headed to a call when he saw some flashing lights in the woods near Manntown Church about 2:15 a.m. Searching for the source of the light, he spotted a car plunged halfway into a creek behind the church. Opening the car's door, he found a 77-year-old woman seated inside. Her vehicle had veered off the road after an apparent mishap with her medication. Without a cellphone and unable to open the car doors, she had nowhere to go. Miracle, who happens to be a volunteer firefighter, called for rescue. Then he winched the car with the woman inside and hauled it to safety. The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Source:

Two California Tow Companies Merge

Central California tow companies Ten-West Towing Inc. and Jim's Towing Services Inc. have announced a merger of their heavy-duty towing and recovery services. Combined operations will utilize a central call center to dispatch a broader range of services across Central and Southern California. As part of the merger, Ten-West Towing acquires all heavy-duty towing from Jim's Towing Services and Jim's Towing Services acquires all light- and medium-duty towing and all transportation services from Ten-West. Both companies will continue respective operations under their existing brands. Source:

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Official guidance on SBA disaster loan applications and efforts
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Safe passage/essential employee documents
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