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  1. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com Mike Wood, of Budget-Stadium Towing, adds a memorial decal to a tow truck for his colleague Nader Chehadi, of Ypsilanti, who was killed after an SUV crashed into a disabled bus he was assisting on the shoulder of I-94 in Pittsfield Township. Tanya Moutzalias, MLive.com Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com ANN ARBOR, MI – Nader Chehadi will not be forgotten if his colleagues can help it. One year after his death while servicing a disabled school bus on the side of I-94, Chehadi’s coworkers at Ypsilanti’s Budget and Stadium Towing are honoring him with a “Light up the Night” memorial procession. It’s set to roll through the streets of Washtenaw County Wednesday, May 29, to remind motorists to watch out for disabled vehicles. The procession is expected to be attended by towing companies throughout southeast Michigan, organizers said. Accompanied by a police escort, the procession will leave the company’s lot at 876 Railroad St. around 6 p.m. and make its way to the stretch of I-94 near State Street where Chehadi was struck and killed a year ago on May 29. “We’re hoping to use this sad occasion to memorialize (Chehadi) and remind people to slow down and move over when they see a vehicle on the side of the road,” Amanda Foster, a Budget and Stadium Towing employee, said. Chehadi, 42, of Ypsilanti, was killed when an SUV crashed into a disabled school bus on the shoulder of eastbound I-94 near State Street in Pittsfield Township. The driver charged for killing Chehadi, Andre-A Edwards, 26, of Ann Arbor, was bound over for trial following an emotional preliminary examination this week on Thursday, May 23. She faces 19 felony charges, including murder, associated with the fatal crash. Original Tower Down Topic Link RESOURCE LINK
  2. From Geri Roskopf's Blog: Understanding the concept of what it takes to run a 24/7/365 towing and recovery business is not easy for many people. The normal day-to-day business aspect is similar to other businesses — employees, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, etc., — but the difference is what else it takes to be in this industry. Towing companies are on call all the time and our services are needed most often in trying and difficult situations. I had an employee who told me he was going to start his own towing business. He believed he would contract with a motor club and get “X” amount of calls a day and that would bring in “X” amount of money. When I asked him who was going to answer the phone when he was out on a call, he said he would. Hmmm … okay. Then I asked him what he thought his profit would be after he paid the truck loan, insurance, fuel and maintenance? After that, I asked him if he was sick or wanted to go on vacation, who was gong to run the calls? Then came the question: Did you talk this over with your wife? Letting her know you wouldn’t have time to do much of anything as far as family time? I really didn’t want to discourage him, I just wanted to point that there’s more than just going on calls and collecting payment. Over the years, I have gotten this attitude from some customers as well. When you advise them of the cost of a service they say, “Wow, I should start a towing company.” My response is: “Sold!” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. The right towing attachment can make a heavy-duty towing job go smooth. This short video demonstrates a few of our Miller Industries™ towing attachments and how they can be applied in a rear-tow application. View the full article on Millerind.com
  4. AAA will again be offering its Tow-to-Go safe ride program for the Memorial Day weekend as motorists prepare to hit the road. AAA says this long holiday weekend will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6 percent increase. AAA notes that this service is not available everywhere and is subject to change without notice. For the following states, the Memorial Day Tow-to-Go Program is statewide and begins Friday, 5/24 and ends Tuesday, 5/28 at 6 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. In these states, motorists can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. Florida Georgia Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend ONLY) Iowa Michigan Nebraska North Dakota Tennessee Wisconsin View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. The following is a press release from the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum: The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) proudly announces it is now designated a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to military members and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. According to themilitarywallet.com, more than 2,000 museums participate in this program with museums located in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and on the American Samoa. Participating museums address a wide variety of interests including fine arts, science, history, nature centers, and children. You can find participating museums at the following link: www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums Free admission* is open to anyone carrying a valid military ID card (CAC Card), or a DD Form 1173 ID Card (Dependent ID Card). This includes members of active-duty military, National Guard, Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Free admission is valid for the service member and up to five dependents. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  8. It’s been said that you create a first impression in the first 30 seconds of greeting someone. At MarketSmart, we believe the same is true for websites. Just as you would critique a potential employee in an interview process, a visitor does the same when visiting your site. You have about 30 seconds to capture their interest. Here are five tips to make the right impression on your company website: 1. Be clear about what you do and how you do it differently. If a visitor doesn’t understand what you do and the value of choosing your company, how can they know if they need your service? Featured service “buttons,” usually photos, with brief descriptions, is a common way to highlight what your company offers. 2. Intuitive navigation. Make navigating your site simple so visitors will know how to find the information they’re looking for. 3. High quality images. Use large, high-quality photos of your latest equipment. Some visitors may not know the difference between a rotator and a rollback. This is a good way to show them. 4. Keep it brief. Introduce your company with a welcome statement. It’s a great way to present a brief description of what your company offers. Place the company history on its own page. 5. Contact info. Be certain your phone number, email and mailing address are clearly visible. The visitor could move on because they can’t find a way to contact you. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Will Rogers View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. As Ohio lawmakers consider a ban on the state’s towing companies using “spotters” to when removing or impounding illegally-parked vehicles, some Ohio towing companies say the impact would be minimal as the practice is not widely used. Under House Bill 113, towing companies that violate the ban would face a third-degree misdemeanor, a fine up to $500 and 60 days in jail. See the full report here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. Hillside IL Powers Towing Extremely Busy Towing Company looking for experience Tow Truck Drivers must have experience driving Flatbed, Light duty Wrecker, Heavy Duty Wrecker. Heavy Duty Drivers Must have CDL A Dispatcher Positions Available If Interested Please email or text metro55@sbcglobal.net Text (708) 878-5905 View the full Job at TowCareers.com
  11. Here are four tips for coordinating your print marketing materials. 1) Create your marketing items in unison. For example, if you’re creating a brochure, maybe update your business card to match. This helps keep your branding unified and enables you to see how the design will work on other marketing items of different sizes and shapes. 2) Be consistent. When creating your design, make sure that that the colors, fonts and symbols, as well your logo, are consistent on all your marketing items. 3) Website. Translate your website design to your print materials. It could be confusing for a prospective customer to see a different look online than in print. If you’re not happy with your website design, maybe it’s time to update. 4) Materials. When creating your design in print, keep in mind that there will be a difference in how each item will look next to each other because of the material it’s printed on. The paper stock used for a business card, for example, is different than for a brochure. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  12. The Tow Times May issue focuses on industry trends in heavy recovery, and heavy recovery accessories featured in the Tow Times Recovery Review department in 2018. There’s also tips on backing a tow truck safely, and “invoicing red flags,” with information on how to avoid heavy-duty invoicing items that can create delays in getting paid. Plus, identical rotators from Ernie’s Wrecker Service of Vernon Hills, Ill., upright a tanker and bulk trailer. Find these articles and much more in the Tow Times May issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  13. I’m having a wonderful time watching my granddaughter Izzy. She just turned one and is so stinking cute you can’t get mad at her when she’s being sassy. I guess because I’m with her for extended periods of time I notice so much more how she’s growing and learning — just like my own two children did — but I’m not sure if I enjoyed seeing the milestones in my children’s growth and development in this way. One of the best things I notice are the looks of surprise and Izzy’s smiles and laughter when she learns something new — the look of “I did it!” How often have you pulled up to a challenging recovery scene and as your brain is beginning to put together a mental checklist of what needs to be done, and then figuring out how it needs to get done, you have an uneasy feeling of not being sure if what you’ve planned will work? As you’re assessing and imagining the “this will happen if we rig this way,” or “this will happen if we winch this way,” you have law enforcement, employees and others at the scene watching and waiting for you to decide what to do (and you had better hurry it up.) As you start the recovery, you have feelings of stress, anxiety and perhaps even fear. There are lots of factors that could go wrong, even if you’ve done everything you thought should be done for safety, and are using the best equipment available. Do you keep your fingers crossed? Or say a little prayer? Well, planned things can and do go wrong, but oh what a feeling when a difficult recovery goes as planned. You feel elated and relieved. You think: “I did it!” With whatever you’re learning or working at, I’m hoping you all have an “I did it” kind of day. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  14. This 2019 Freightliner with an NRC bed is new to the fleet of Ruggles Towing Service Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Ruggles Towing Service provides 24-hour light- to heavy-duty towing and recovery, equipment hauling, auto repair and roadside assistance including tire changes, lockouts and jumpstarts. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. Inventive LLC has announced it will build a new state of the art manufacturing facility in Mountain Home, Idaho. President Chuck Ceccarelli stated that the 65,000-square-foot main production facility will be used to manufacture products for their three product lines: In The Ditch Towing Products, Razorback Offroad and Fish Fighter Products. The company has outgrown its current facility in Mountain Home, a company press release states, and looks forward to expansion. The new facility will feature advanced manufacturing principles with a focus on automation and employee retention. The expansion will also include a new 20,000 square-foot corporate office center with a new employee exercise center, 80-person training room, cafeteria, show room and recording studio used to produce the company’s weekly podcast, “Inside In The Ditch.” Retaining employees and recruiting new talent is a major focus of this expansion. “We want to build a facility that everyone will want to work in and be proud of. The project has been made possible by the City of Mountain Home’s willingness to work with us. The support of the mayor, Economic Development Office and city council has been instrumental,” said Ceccarelli. Construction on the new facilities is expected to be complete by September 2020. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  16. TRAA Press Release: FMCSA is considering a pilot program to allow drivers under 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. As FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez outlined during TRAA’s Legislative Action Day in March, allowing qualified CDL drivers under 21 may get more young professionals into the industry and elevate some of the driver shortage. Several states already allow 18 year olds to qualify for a CDL license to drive within state borders (intrastate) only but federal law prohibits them from driving across state lines (interstate) until they are 21. Insurance for under 21 drivers may be attainable under a number of established conditions available in most states. Note, FMCSA’s pilot program is independent of the DRIVE-Safe Act (H.R. 1374) currently in the subcommittee on highways and transit. FMCSA is seeking public input on their proposed pilot program. The TRAA Cabinet and the TRAA Legislative Advocacy Network® (TRAA LAN®) are asking for comments in support of the pilot. To view the docket and to make comment, please visit Docket ID FMCSA-2018-0346 and select “COMMENT NOW.” If you need help, see the press release here . Not sure what to say? Email us for talking points. The comment period closes Monday, July 15, 2019. Comment now View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  17. A Greensboro towing company driver has been featured in a news story about North Carolina’s move over law. The story, on Fox8 of High Point, N.C., details how Tony Williams was hit on the roadside five years ago and survived the ordeal, and how the North Carolina DOT is promoting awareness of the law this week in conjunction with National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Williams now educates the motoring public about the move over law. See the full story here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  18. 9179 Old Hwy 60, Lodi, WI 53555 Bills Towing Bills Towing and auto repair is looking for qualified tow truck operators to join their team. CDL is not required for the position. Applicants must have a clean driving record. It is preferred that qualified applicants have 1 year of towing experience. We are looking for someone that is willing to learn, communicates well and is able to problem-solve various situations on the road. Operators' responsibilities include but are not limited to -Daily inspections of their equipment -Performing towing of vehicles and equipment. -Performing Road service calls such as jumpstarts, tire changes, lock outs and fuel deliveries -Maintaining a clean and organized work space -Giving a great service experience to all of our customers -Communicating with dispatch throughout your shift Requirements -Basic automotive knowledge -Ability to operate a cell phone -Great communication skills to work with our customers and staff -Reliable and dependable Attendance -Problem solving abilities -Basic math comprehension Please reply to this email, with a copy of your resume or fill out an application on our website.billstowing.biz ================================================================================ Towing Operator/ No CDL Needed/ Sign on Bonus Towing Operator needed. No CDL Required. Willing to train right person. Job duties include loading and unloading of autos and light trucks. Driving rollback/ flatbed truck, jumpstart, unlocks, tire changes, police calls, accidents. Around the Middleton and Madison area. Newer equipment, uniforms, benefits, vacation, insurance, com time, family owned and operated, you be treated like family. Room for advancement. Pay based on experience. $14.00 - $20.00 per hour. $5000.00 sign on Bonus. Located in Middleton Wi. or Wisconsin Dell's and Lodi. Please call 608-577-4997. Thank You. View the full Job at TowCareers.com
  19. 9179 Old Hwy 60, Lodi, WI, USA Bills Towing Requirements: Greeting Customers Good Customer Relations Opening/Closing Shop Take incoming calls for towing & police. Coordinate and dispatch multiple drivers. Answer impound release questions. Billing and collection of towing services. Cash and deposit management. Cleaning and Stocking Be able to multi-task Perform releases Good communication skills Computer skills Data entry Be able to work in a fast-paced office environment Be able to work with others as a team Pass a criminal background check Dispatchers must work well under pressure and respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently. Forty-hour weeks are standard; however, when emergencies occur, or the workload is particularly heavy, they may be expected to put in extra hours. Night, weekend, and holiday shifts may be required. We offer great pay, vacation, insurance and other company benefits. Send Resume to network@billstowing.biz View the full Job at TowCareers.com
  20. Clinton Simmons, 30, of Lebanon, Ind., A repairman working to fix a broken down truck was struck and killed on Interstate 74 Wednesday afternoon. State police say 30-year-old Clinton Simmons of Lebanon was called to repair a tire on a box truck on I-74 near SR 39 in Hendricks County. As Simmons finished the repair and started to put his tools back in his truck, a semi struck the box truck, pushing it into Simmons' vehicle and striking the victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the semi driver, identified as Steven Sanchez of Indianapolis, may have fallen asleep before leaving the road and striking the box truck. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. Sanchez was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital for treatment. The driver of the box truck was not injured, police said. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Myers Mortuary, Lebanon, Indiana. Funeral Services are to be held on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home in Lebanon. Tow Times Article Link Facebook Page Link
  21. On Monday, May 13, police in southwestern Iowa issued 120 citations while enforcing the state’s move over law on Interstate 29. Four law enforcement agencies joined in the three-hour project. The fine for move over law violation is $195. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  22. The CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) North & East Ontario has designated May 14 as the national day of safety for tow truck operators. The association has spearheaded the campaign to bring awareness to the Province of Ontario’s slow down move over law. Tow trucks were added to the law in 2015. More about the national day of safety for tow truck operators can be found here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  23. I’m often frustrated when I don’t know how to do something new on my computer or smartphone. I’m a hands-on learner and need to be shown, then told the hows and whys something is done to completely understand. I also like to write down instructions. Doing these things helps me process what I’m learning. Show me and I’ll understand much better than if you just tell me. As my three-year-old niece use to say: “Me do myself.” If you have the latest and greatest — whether it be a new cell phone, washing machine or heavy-duty tow truck — it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to use it to its fullest capacity. You can have the shiniest tow truck loaded with all the specialized equipment, but if you can’t operate it properly, what good is having it? There’s been a lot of debate with regard to training, certification and plain old “learning on the job.” Each is valid and critical to doing a good job; it doesn’t matter if you’re a tow operator, dispatcher or office manager. When you have training, certification and on-the-job experience, the bonus is that when you have the latest and greatest in technology and equipment, you can use all of these to make your job better and easier, and work smarter, not harder. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  24. Monster Jam hits up Orlando, Fla., this week and dozens of trucks are arriving in the city for the World Finals XX. Here’s one: Pirate’s Curse being transported by Stepp’s Towing and Heavy Transport . Way to go! View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  25. The tow truck driver who died in a roadside accident in Dallas earlier this week is Dominic Cook, 46, of Tow Jam of North Dallas. “The tow truck driver rear-ended a vehicle, crashed through a guardrail, crossed the access road and struck a tree.” No further details are available. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/traffic-accidents/2019/05/06/tow-truck-driver-killed-35e-crash-stemmons-corridor-authorities-say View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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