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  1. From the Blog of Geri Roskopf: I came across a poem titled For the Garden of your Daily Living. It seemed appropriate during springtime, and a great reminder of “you reap what you sow,” or in other words, you eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions. Use this planting advice to make your garden grow both in your personal and business life. “Plant three rows of peas: 1. Peace of mind. 2. Peace of heart. 3. Peace of soul. “Plant four rows of squash: 1. Squash gossip. 2. Squash indifference. 3. Squash grumbling. 4. Squas
  2. The Tow Times April issue brings you the story behind the Wall of the Fallen, the industry’s memorial to honor and remember tow operators who lost their lives in the service of others. Topics also include the benefits of using salespeople to take your business to the next level, why using a winch to load or unload vehicles is a better option than driving vehicles on/off, the rotator’s role in quick roadway clearance, and a review of the latest rotator models. Find all this and more in the Tow Times April issue. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Towtimes/~4/ZLXc0BiLwjoView the full article and mo
  3. Jerr-Dan, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE: OSK), has added Truck Source of Perry, Oklahoma, as a distributor of its complete line of towing and recovery vehicles. Centrally located in Oklahoma, between Tulsa and Oklahoma City and with easy access to several interstate highways, Truck Source is a rapidly growing distributorship with deep roots in the Perry community. “The operations at Truck Source are managed by a third-generation tower and the leadership epitomizes the loyalty and dedication to the Jerr-Dan brand that makes us so proud of our distributors,” said Hal Wyatt, Director o
  4. The 2021 Survivor Fund Golf Classic was held Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the Celebration Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla. Twenty-four teams of golfers made up of towing company owners and industry suppliers took to the links after a noon lunch and 1 p.m. shotgun start. Events included golfing contests and competitions, a happy hour/awards ceremony and raffle drawings. Held in conjunction with the Florida Tow Show, the Survivor Golf Classic supports families of tow operators who have lost their lives in the line of service. All proceeds from the event benefit the International Towing and Recover
  5. Isuzu North America Corporation and Gatik have agreed to collaborate on a project to develop and evaluate fully autonomous medium-duty trucks. Isuzu is a market leader in Low Cab Forward (LCF) trucks in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Gatik is the industry leader in automating on-road transportation networks for B2B middle-mile logistics. The collaboration will integrate Gatik’s autonomous driving technology into several Isuzu medium-duty N-Series trucks to produce SAE Level 4 delivery vehicles with redundant systems. The first vehicles will be deployed this year thanks to the cooperative eff
  6. On April 5, Kenworth introduced a new medium duty conventional truck lineup ranging from Class 5 to light Class 8. The announcement came during a major virtual product reveal. The new models are the Kenworth T180 (Class 5), Kenworth T280 (Class 6), Kenworth T380 (Class 7) and Kenworth T480 (light Class 8). In addition, for customers needing FEPTO, full parent rails and fixed grille, Kenworth added the Kenworth T380V and Kenworth T480V with a vocational hood. The medium duty vehicles are designed to serve a variety of applications including cargo and reefer van, beverage, tow and recovery, ut
  7. The Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors have completed the transaction whereby Isuzu Motors acquired UD Trucks from the Volvo Group for an enterprise value of JPY 243 billion (approximately SEK 19 billion) on a cash and debt free basis. The alliance within commercial vehicles between the two groups, aiming to capture opportunities in the ongoing industry transformation will also become operational. The transaction is estimated to have a positive impact on the Volvo Group’s operating income in the second quarter 2021 of close to SEK 2 billion and increase the Volvo Group’s net cash position by approx
  8. Each year, the WTRAA (Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America) Scholarship Fund, under the TRAA (Towing and Recovery Association of America) Education Foundation, Inc., awards scholarships to children and grandchildren of TRAA members to assist them in completing their education. The application for WTRAA’s 2021 scholarships is now available. Click here for the 2021 WTRAA Scholarship Application. WTRAA asks that applicants review the application thoroughly before applying to ensure all required materials are included. The completed application must be mailed and
  9. The Detroit Assurance 5.0 suite of active safety systems uses a sophisticated mix of fused radar and high-definition camera technology to automatically track objects and threats on the road, and then activate in real-time to mitigate collisions. Detroit Assurance 5.0 is spec’d in all of Western International’s fleet of more than 100 Freightliner Cascadia trucks. The optional Active Lane Assist (ALA) detects the reflective paint and raised reflectors in lane markers. While in cruise, ALA’s Lane Keep Assist actively and continuously assists the driver with keeping the vehicle within the lane.
  10. Talbert Manufacturing, which manufactures heavy-haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment, has named Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel of Voorhees, N.J., as its top dealer for 2020. This award recognizes performance in trailer sales, service and parts on behalf of Talbert Manufacturing. This is Hale’s 13th consecutive time in the top spot. The dealership was also recognized as the top parts seller for the year. “Talbert Manufacturing is proud of Hale’s long-term commitment to our brand,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing. “It goes beyond
  11. The Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG has appointed John O’Leary as the next President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) with its brands Freightliner Trucks, Western Star Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation. Effective April 1, 2021, O’Leary follows Roger Nielsen, who retires effective April 30, 2021 after 35 years in the company, the last four years as its president and CEO. O’Leary started at DTNA with Freightliner in 2000. Since September 2020, O’Leary has been the Chief Transformation Officer for Mercedes-Be
  12. The following information is from a Jerr-Dan press release: After more than a yearlong corporate travel hiatus, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Jerr-Dan is excited to once again attend events while following CDC guidelines, adhering to company protocols and using good judgement. The Florida Tow Show 2021 will be a signature event for the towing and recovery industry when it opens in Orlando April 8-10 after a year of trade show cancellations. “We’re looking forward to representing Jerr-Dan alongside our Florida distributors TruckMax, TLC and Florida Wreckers and providing our cu
  13. From Geri Roskopf's Blog: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be establishing and facilitating an advisory board to be known as the “Women of Trucking Advisory Board.” Their goal is to “promote organizations and programs that will provide education, training, mentorships or outreach to women in the trucking industry as well as recruit women into the trucking industry.” While the Women of Trucking Advisory Board will be tasked with identifying ways to support women pursuing careers in trucking, I think the towing and recovery industry could establish an
  14. The Tow Times March issue explores the topic of insurance captives and how towing companies are forming them to contain insurance costs and gain control. This issue also focuses on support equipment operators use to make heavy recovery jobs easier, quicker and safer. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) fires can create new challenges and possible hazards for responders, and this issue addresses tow operator considerations. And in our Recovery Review department, Wisconsin operators use two heavy-duty units to “clothesline” a vehicle from a ravine. Find all this and more in the Tow Times March issue.
  15. Peterbilt Motors Company has announced updates to the vocational Model 567 and 520 trucks. The key updates are found in the new VMUX electrical system, which delivers enhanced functionality and seamless integration with different types of bodies for vocational customer applications. Exterior updates to the Model 567 include a cab-mounted side mirror, bright air intake bezel option and increased DEF tank volume. On the inside, the Model 567 features the 15” digital display launched with the new Model 579. A fully customizable user interface (UI), delivers easy-to read information and full PTO
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