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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingApril 19 - April 25, 2017

Jerr-Dan Celebrates 45 Years

Jerr-Dan Corp. is celebrating its 45th anniversary, according to a company press release, and has grown from a small company to an established nationwide manufacturer. "Jerr-Dan is proud of its 45-year track record of business growth while delivering reliable equipment for the towing and recovery industry. We have achieved this milestone as a result of our hard work, dedicated employees and our incredible customers, some of whom have been with us since the beginning," said Richard Del Campo, VP/GM at Jerr-Dan. Source: jerrdan.com.
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Crackdown on Move Over Law

Eighteen drivers were pulled over and ticketed in a recent Move Over law crackdown in Vermont conducted by police in Fair Haven and Castleton, and the Rutland County Sheriff's Department. The law enforcement agencies teamed up with R&D Automotive Towing & Recovery and Executive Towing to stage a wreck-recovery. Despite four cruisers and two tow trucks, each with flashing lights, dozens of drivers failed to follow the law. Those who didn't move over face a $249 fine and five points against their driving record. "You can be loading a car up on the side of a highway and you'll have at least five or six cars that fly right by you. They don't move over or slow down. They just keep driving," said Kyle Bradish of R&D. Source: wcax.com.

County Hikes Towing Fee

Payette County, Ore., is increasing the maximum amount it will pay for a single-vehicle tow to $275, up from the existing price cap of $200. The three-member Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the increase April 10. The previous cap was established in 2011. One tow company told commissioners that companies sometimes have to provide the county service value that surpasses even the new, higher cap. For example, a vehicle pulled from water can easily run into the $400-$500 range, he said. Source: argusobserver.com.
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$40M Winning Bid in URT Auction

United Road Towing Inc. received court approval for a sale of its assets to a pre-petition lender that will provide about $40 million in consideration for the transaction.

After consulting with its post-petition lenders and unsecured creditors, the company determined that the offer made by Medley Capital Corp. was the best offer. Medley bid $16 million of the second-priority pre-petition debt it holds against United Road Towing and pledged to assume $24 million of the debtor's liabilities, according to United Road Towing attorney M. Blake Cleary.

The most significant liability to be assumed by Medley is the remaining amounts outstanding under the company's debtor-in-possession loan, about $14 million.

Other liabilities include accrued post-petition accounts payable, administrative expenses of the Chapter 11 case, employee payroll and benefits, sales and use taxes, and up to $750,000 in unsecured claims. Medley will also chip in $250,000 to fund the wind down of the case.

Source: law360.com.
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American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • April 19 - April 25, 2017

It's a Vegas Affair

In just a couple of weeks everybody will be hightailing it to Las Vegas, Nev. for Tow Industry Week, which promises to be the biggest trade show in the western region of the U.S. this year. Highlighted by the American Towman ShowPlace at the South Point Hotel and Casino, more than 150 tow industry suppliers will be on hand to greet you, show their wares and make sure you're well-stocked and ready to take on the year ahead.

This year's event is further bolstered by the participation of the California Tow Truck Association, who will hold their annual meeting, light-duty training and convention in conjunction with the trade show.

Educational conferences, special events, hospitalities and live demonstrations will also be a part of this mega event.

I look forward to "seeing you there for the affair," May 10-12 for Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas at the South Point. If you haven't already, be sure to register TODAY at atshowplace.com.
--Charles Duke
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