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Towing Makes Complaints List

The Oregon Department of Justice's annual list of Top Ten Consumer Complaints included towing for the first time. Complaints included consumers who were wrongfully towed, or consumers who were towed where there wasn't proper signage. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum recently introduced Senate Bill 548 to create an Oregon Board of Towing, comprised of towing industry members , law enforcement, consumer advocates and relevant agencies. The board addresses complaints, conducts investigations, and imposes disciplinary action. Source:
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Tow Owner Sues Mayor

Shane Anders, owner of Star Towing and Recovery in Monroe, Michigan, and Area Towing & Recovery in Taylor, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars wanted to steer city towing contracts to Gasper Fiore—a towing magnate sentenced to federal prison last year in a bribery scandal. Anders is seeking at least $2.5 million, claiming Sollars moved to keep his company from consideration in city contracts to favor Fiore. Anders claimed that in 2016, the city's police chief told him that Sollars warned if Anders' company didn't use Fiore's company for all heavy-duty tows, its contract would not be renewed. To keep the pact, Anders "reluctantly agreed to use Gasper Fiore's company," according to the filing. An attorney for Sollars could not be reached by press time. Source:

New Website Design for PERC

The Propane Education & Research Council unveiled its new, redesigned version of to better showcase all the things propane can do, including benefits for propane autogas fleet vehicles. Site includes information about propane autogas in videos, customer case studies and more. "With the launch of the new, fleet owners can easily navigate and locate propane autogas resources that will lower their fleet's total cost of ownership and meet their emissions goals," said Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development. Source:
Tow Owner Sues Mayor
Owner claims mayor wanted to steer contracts to towing magnate
Towing in Oregon List of Complaints
Makes state’s top ten list for the first time
New Website Design for PERC
Website showcases videos, customer case studies and more

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.
How to Spot a Wrecker in Trouble: With AT Operations Editor Randy Resch

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
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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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