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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 13 - December 19, 2017

STA Hosting Light-Duty Training

The Statewide Towing Association (Massachusetts) will host a two-day light-duty training on Jan. 9-10 at Winn Street Sales in Burlington. The Massachusetts State Police-approved training course will focus on various aspects of towing including rollovers, recoveries, quicker/safer methods and new ideas from across the country as well as certification and more. The training takes place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and students must come prepared with paper and pen for taking notes and gloves for the hands-on portion of the class. Source: statewidetowing.org.
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Towman Honored with Procession

Hundreds of people poured into towman Steven Combs' funeral Friday in St. Louis, Missouri. Combs, of J. Combs Towing, was shot and killed while washing a friend's car in late November. Investigators said he was washing the car when a suspect walked up to him and shot him at point blank range in broad daylight. Police are hoping surveillance video can lead to an arrest. Friends and family called Combs, the father of 14, a stand-up guy and a fixture in the towing community. Colleagues called him a legend in the industry, as they honored him with a tow truck procession. Combs' nephew Jeffrey drove a carrier loaded with the truck Combs drove for years. "Kind of got emotional loading it," Jeffrey said. Source: ksdk.com.

Fallen Towman Remembered

An event was held to remember an Alabama tow truck operator killed last December, and create awareness of the Move Over law Sunday. Family, friends and the towing community gathered to remember John Hubbard who was killed helping a motorist change a tire. "He was an awesome person, always wanted to help people ... he never judged the book by the cover ... he was the guy that just helped," said Jared Hubbard, John's brother. Hubbard was an operator for Wesley Passmore for five years. Source: wiat.com.
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Towman Honored with Procession
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Dates Set for 2018 AT Expo Shows

It has been a year of increased attendance at all the American Towman expositions over the past six months with new standards being set at the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas and Tow Expo Dallas.

"AT Expo Baltimore saw the three-day show format continue to be popular for exhibitors and attendees, as each day saw a strong turnout of unique buyers," said Henri "Doc" Calitri, AT Expo Corp. president, "Both large vehicle exhibitors and the smaller supplier booths overall reported brisk selling throughout the show."

Calitri released the show dates for 2018 for all three cities: American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas will be May 9-11 (show dates 10-11); Tow Expo Dallas/Fort Worth will be Aug. 16-18 (show dates 17-18); American Towman Exposition in Baltimore will be Nov. 15-18 (show dates 16-18).

Next year's AT Expo Baltimore will mark the 30th edition of the show.

At this year's American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, there were 241 industry suppliers on the exhibit floor offering tow trucks—from light- to heavy-duty—trailers, accessories, call centers, motor clubs and financial services to the tow business owners who dominated the audience. More than eight of 10 attendees were the key decision-makers of their companies.

"This year also saw a large contingent from 19 countries, from all points of the world globe, attend the show," Calitri said. "This has made the American Towman Exposition the largest international show in the world. We are very proud of that achievement.

"The strength and quality of the audience is a direct reflection of the American Towman Magazine readership," he said. "AT's readership database of tow companies and tow business owners is the core of our expo marketing programs."

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The RV Money Pit

Abandoned recreational vehicles continue to be an "achilles heel" for the towing industry. Many locales are having difficulty in getting tow companies to remove them, due to the challenging and often unsanitary conditions that are present in them; not to mention that they are often represent a financial loss for the tow company.

Take the case of towman Vann Beckner of AA Towing in Albany, Oregon. On November 16, he had 10 motor homes on his lot that were either abandoned, broken down, derelict or in violation of a parking order. He said he has to foot the bill to tow, store and dispose of each one, to the tune of $800 to $1,000 each.

"They're a total money pit," said Beckner, who contracts with the city to remove the vehicles whenever his services are needed—which, he says, have been needed more and more recently.

Because his contracts require him to tow any licensed vehicle and he is one of a few companies with the gear to tow the larger ones, his contractual towing fees don't come close to covering the cost of processing each one.

Towing RVs and motor homes will continue to be a problem—until towmen set specific rates for them; rates separate from towing abandoned cars. Towmen have to realize that they have some leverage in this situation—municipalities and government agencies need the work done. It would be one way to solve the money pit they create.

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Tow.Industries d8a76Tow Industries' Southern California service center provides maintenance, repair, and custom outfitting, tow truck parts and accessory needs. most reputable and longest operating tow truck center and tow truck dealer of new tow trucks and pre-owned recovery trucks and towing equipment. Located in Los Angeles, they are an authorized dealer of Vulcan, Holmes and Challenger tow trucks, as well as stock a huge inventory of pre-owned tow trucks, wreckers, and car carriers. Come see what Tow Industries has to offer during the American Towman Show Place taking place at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. May 9-11.

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