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National organization meets with electric car maker at Towman show
Buddy's Wrecker Service in Tennessee retrieves an $800,000 plane
Consumers pay as much as 300% using cars as collateral
Truck was love at first sight for Larry's Towing
New product is a three-level flashlight with USB power port
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August 4-6, 2016
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Baltimore, MD.
Nov. 18-20, 2016
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May 10-12, 2017
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Performing recovery work safely and successfully requires an accurate assessment of the scene to determine the total amount of recovery resistance to be overcome. In his seminar Calculating Recovery Resistance American Towman Field Editor Terry Abejuela will highlight techniques integral to being efficient roadside. The information provided will be essential to avoid overloading equipment and ensuring that the recovery operation will be successful. This seminar will take place during Tow Expo International at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas Aug. 4-6.

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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 25 - May 31, 2016
Tower Finds Girlfriend Dead
A Detroit, Mich., towman dispatched to the scene of a fatal car crash was in disbelief when he realized that his girlfriend was killed in the crash. Jerome Tarver, 37, recognized his girlfriend's Dodge Neon from behind the crime scene tape. When police realized he knew the victim, they wouldn't let him through and called a different tow company to haul away the wreckage. "It was like a dream. Nightmarish." Jerrica Hicks, 26, was killed after a pickup truck with an intoxicated driver crashed into her sedan at more than 100 miles an hour. wkyc.com
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Towers Can Expect Busy Weekend
More cars on the road usually translates into more break-downs, more mishaps. According to the nation's largest auto club, there will be record traffic. AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30. "Americans are eagerly
awaiting the start of summer and are ready to travel in numbers not seen in more than a decade," said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. Nearly 34 million (89 percent) holiday travelers will drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year as a result of lower gas prices. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent over last year, with 2.6 million Americans taking to the skies this Memorial Day. Travel by other modes of transportation, will fall 2.3 percent, to 1.6 million travelers. AAA NewsRoom
'Tow to Go' Reaches Nebraska
Local and national agencies will be ramping up efforts to keep drivers safe, including a campaign that's new to Nebraska. Sixty-five people have died on Nebraska highways this year; hoping to keep that number down, AAA and Budweiser are teaming up to bring their "Tow to Go" program to Nebraska for the first time. The service is intended to be used as a last resort, but affords an intoxicated person, and his or her car, a free lift by calling 855-286-9246. The Tow to Go program says it's kept 24,000 drunk drivers off the road since launching in Florida 18 years ago. ketv.com
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Towers Can Expect Busy Weekend
The second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record
Tower Finds Girlfriend Dead in Crash
Towman dispatched to scene and recognizes car
'Tow to Go' Reaches Nebraska
Program to hamper tipsy driving expands in state
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'Tow Tank' at [b]Tow Expo Int'l

You've likely seen or heard about "Shark Tank," the ABC television show where budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of investors. Now you'll have a chance to do the same with your ideas to improve towing and recovery.

"We want the towers that have ideas, inventions and business plans—but don't have the money or contacts or knowledge to get them going—to bring those ideas to the Tow Expo International," said Matt Manero, CEO of Commercial Fleet Financing.

Towers who enter their ideas into the Tow Tank will be heard and voted on by four judges, including Manero. As of press time, the first-place prize for winning over the Tow Tank judges was a minimum of $5,000 and one year of business advice from Bethany Williams, a global marketing, branding and small business expert.

You can submit your video entry at cffnationwide.com/towtank; 10 entries will advance to do a live pitch to the judges during Tow Expo International on Aug. 4-6 at the Arlington (Texas) Convention Center. For more information, call Sarah Burnett at 972-247-8447, Ext. 10.
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Ahead of the Curve

It's a good thing to see the towing industry take the initiative in partnering with car manufacturers to develop strategies for servicing their cars. Such was the case recently with TRAA, led by Bud Gruber, chairman of its motor club communications committee, in a meeting with electric car manufacturer Tesla at the recent American Towman ShowPlace in Las Vegas, Nev.

Liaisons such as this can only help the industry expand its horizons and become more professional in its approach to working roadside.

As Americans become more environmentally conscious and electric cars become more prominent over the coming years, it's important that the towing industry gets and stays ahead of the curve.
--Charles Duke
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