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  1. A tow operator was killed on Friday, November 15, in Ukiah, Calif., when a pickup he was loading onto his flatbed rolled over him. The California Highway Patrol said Jesus Hernandez, 47, of Santa Rosa, was loading the disabled pickup on the shoulder of U.S. Route 101 and was found by emergency personnel. A report on The Mendocino Voice stated that the bed was lowered and the operator was on the ground beside the pickup, which was in neutral gear. Hernandez died at the scene. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. A couple of log haulers had gotten stuck way out next to some farmers fields loading up some logs the first guy was actually stuck and the second driver was ...
  3. Each year, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the towing and recovery industry. The tradition started in 1986 when the towing and recovery industry realized it was time to display the roots of the profession. Industry professionals came together and selected individuals who made a difference. To honor those chosen few, the Friends of Towing (now ITRHFM) dedicated an entire section of the museum’s walls for portraits of the inductees. A new class is inducted each September. Nominations are now open for the 2020 Class of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame. To download a nomination form visit internationaltowingmuseum.org. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. My husband and I recently attended the wedding of a close towing friend’s son. It was a joyous occasion to celebrate with the family, along with many other towing friends who I call my “towing family.” I looked at the groom and thought, “How did you grow up so fast? It seemed that just a few years ago you and your brothers were just tow-headed little boys.” During the gathering time before dinner I was approached by another towing friend’s son. I hadn’t seen him in a long time and was surprised to see he was using a walking stick like the kind used by a blind person. He explained that his eyes have not been good for a long time, and he was not able to go out in the tow truck anymore. He said he basically helps out in the shop or office, wherever he can. In his voice I could hear the disappointment of not being able to tow. He surprised me when he said how much he looked forward to reading my blogs and enjoyed them. That was a very humbling moment. I’m often surprised at the number of times I’ve met people from all over the country who tell me they look forward to reading my blog. Writing has been a challenge and a joy for me. I am grateful – and humbled – by the positive feedback, and for that I say thank you. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. A driver had broke down along side the highway he was able to start and move the truck to the shoulder of the exit ramp when he got there he called his ...
  6. Golight, Inc. has announced the launch of new, more powerful versions of both its Stryker ST and Golight GT remote-controlled LED work lamps. Now featuring a beam strength of 544,000 candela, each lamp is 33 percent more powerful than before and 55 percent more intense than any competing product on the market, says Golight. Both lamps feature the company’s proprietary P-Vex lens that optimally controls the raw lumens generated by 10 high-flux LEDs, creating an intense, tightly controlled 544,000-candela spot beam pattern that can illuminate a target at a distance of 4,839 feet (1,475 meters). The lamps feat optical design, lens clarity and powerful new LEDs generate a precise spectral pattern without dark spots or other imperfections. “Our patented optics will now allow users to illuminate and see objects farther downrange than ever before,” said Colt Hosick, director of product development for Golight. “The bright white LED light beams these lamps project are between 5,800K to 6,200K, roughly the color temperature of natural sunlight and optimal for human vision. Combined, our lamp features enable users to see a more crisp and well-defined view of whatever target they need to illuminate.” Hosick observes that the industry often confuses lumens with candela when it comes to lighting, and that this can be detrimental to any meaningful comparison. “It’s like comparing the light performance of a light bulb hanging in the middle of a room with that of a directional spotlight. It’s apples and oranges,” he said. Spotlight performance measurements have been established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and that peak beam intensity is defined by candela. Beam intensity, represented strictly as candela, and maximum beam distance measurements are presented with all Golight models. Both Stryker ST and Golight GT remote-controlled LED models focus their beam patterns at an 8-degree angle. Optional snap-on and snap-off flood lenses for broader area illumination applications are also available for both lamps and produce a more diffused beam with a 35-degree angle. These lenses are convenient accessories for scene lighting and for illuminating work sites. Stryker ST and Golight GT remote-controlled LED work lamps are available in a variety of wireless and hard-wired versions and a range of permanent and portable magnetic mounting options. Remote controllers for both lamps also come in a variety of styles. The lamps come in 12- and 24-volt versions. Both Stryker ST and Golight GT remote-controlled LED work lamps have hermetically sealed lamp structures and come with a high-impact, UV-ray-resistant and saltwater-resistant housing suitable for land and marine applications. The Stryker ST comes with a five-year unlimited warranty, and the Golight GT comes with a three-year unlimited warranty. Like all its products, these lamps are supported by Golight’s customer service department. For more information visit Golight.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. The Tow Times November issue features the winning trucks from all categories of the 2019 Shine ‘n Star Contest. The first place winners of each category will also be featured in upcoming issues of Tow Times magazine. The Shine ‘n Star Contest is sponsored by Tow Times and powered by Ford Trucks. This special issue also features the 2019 Towing Software Comparison with a side-by-side listing of software features, benefits and options, and an update on how towing operations are using auto auctions and maximizing profits. This issue also includes the unveiling of Miller Industries’ new 100-ton rotator, and an article from the International Institute of Towing and Recovery on the importance of knowing weights and ratings of tow trucks. Find this and more in the Tow Times November issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  8. This Century 1075 on a 2018 Kenworth T880 belongs to Fastlane Towing Inc., Collinsville, Ill. The stand-out feature of this truck is its dazzling paint job by Ryan “Ryno” Templeton of BlastedbyRyno custom painting service, Anaheim, Calif. Templeton is the acclaimed custom painter/airbrush artist who painted the trucks from the CMT television show “Trick My Truck.” Fastlane Towing Inc.’s owner Brian Slesinski flew Templeton to his location to paint this truck, which took about a month to complete the unique graphics featuring a $100 dollar bill emblazoned with the Joker character from Batman fame. Slesinski chose the currency and Joker theme and Templeton added the tribal and chain graphics. The artwork on the truck’s hood serves as a tribute to the family-oriented nature of Slesinski’s business. With many relatives involved in the trucking field and in Fastlane Towing, the artwork is titled “Family Tradition.” The artwork originated from a tattoo on Slesinski’s arm. The intricateness of the hand-painted art of the bill and Joker makes it appear almost three dimensional. Fastlane Towing Inc. has been in business since 2002, and offers light- to heavy-duty towing and recovery, equipment hauling, roadside assistance and automotive repair. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. The Arizona Professional Towing and Recovery Association has announced that its Executive Director Angela Roper-Barnett has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) advisory group addressing safe quick clearance business cases. This advisory group will bring together subject matter experts in their respective fields to provide guidance on promising practices and lessons learned . The advisory group’s first meeting is scheduled for mid-November. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. The Cuyahoga County Ohio’s prosecutor’s office has stated that the man who caused a March 18 crash that resulted in Ohio tow operator Ron Urbansky, 53, to lose part of his leg has pleaded guilty to multiple charges. Roy Hollingsworth, 35, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of driving while under the influence and drug possession. He is to appear in court Dec. 19 for sentencing. Police said Hollingsworth was driving 66 mph in a 35 mph zone when his vehicle struck Urbansky’s parked tow truck in Fairview, Ohio. The crash caused the tow truck to pin Urbansky’s leg underneath it. A portion of his leg later had to be amputated. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  11. Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, and SHARE the HECK out of this video! In today's video, Trent Jr and Mark lift a loaded container ...
  12. A driver had pulled into a faculty to load up his trailer and upon doing so found himself in a tight spot so he attempted to pull forward to line up with the dock and ...
  13. Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, and SHARE the HECK out of this video! ▻Support my channel-paypal.me/plazatowing (copy ...
  14. Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, and SHARE the HECK out of this video! In today's video Trent Jr uses the rotator to flip the rear ...
  15. Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK) and single brand leader in the towing and recovery business, has promoted Heath Fassnacht to Director of Sales. He had been District Sales Manager for the southern region. Fassnacht started his career in 1996 with Atlanta Wrecker and Carrier Sales, now known as Atlanta Wrecker Sales. Following a progressive career with the company he joined Jerr-Dan in 2015 as a national accounts manager before being named district sales manager. “I’m humbled to have the opportunity to continue being a catalyst for Jerr-Dan’s growth in the towing and recovery equipment industry,” said Fassnacht. “I’ve been working in this business since graduating from college in 1996 and I’m proud to be representing the single brand leader in the industry. We have a great team in place across sales, operations, engineering and other key functions, and are poised to continue expanding into new markets backed by the best distributor network in the country. I look forward to continue supporting our current customers and building relationships with prospective Jerr-Dan distributors.” In his new role, Fassnacht’s primary responsibilities will include sales growth strategy, sales team management and expansion into new markets. “We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Heath’s background in the industry willing to accept this responsibility,” said Richard Del Campo, vice president and general manager of Jerr-Dan. “It is increasingly challenging to find senior leaders with track records like Heath’s who continue to push themselves and those around them. Jerr-Dan is proud to place our sales team alongside his leadership.” For more information on Jerr-Dan products, visit www.jerrdan.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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