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  1. Season two of the Tow Business Podcast has begun. Visit towbusinesspodcast.com for more more information. Season two episodes will be: The importance and future of Quick Clear programs (TRIP, RISC, etc.) Employee Pay Structures — What Type & How Much is Right For Your BusinessDrivers – Some Get It, Some Don’t … Why? Certification – Why Doesn’t the Towing Industry Have Mandatory Certification and Training When Other Industries Do? The Industry Trend of Buying and Selling Companies — How to Value a Towing Business The Towing Industry is More than Flatbeds and Wreckers Nowadays — The Importance of Trailers, DTUs, Off-road Equipment, Etc. And there will be additional “bonus” shows throughout the season. Visit towbusinesspodcast.com View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. The Association of Professional Towers — Ohio joined with Miller Industries for a two-day advanced heavy-duty training class June 11 and 12 in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Miller Industries instructor Tom Luciano was on hand to teach industry best practices in the classroom and hands-on. The training event was sponsored by Miller Industries, Matheny Tow Trucks and Zips.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. In this second video covering the Collins Hi-Speed® Dollies, we demonstrate some advanced tips & tricks for recovering vehicles that are either partially obstructed or have oversize or flat tires. View the full article on Millerind.com
  4. In today's video Trent Jr shows up to what sounded like a simple winchout but ended up being a little more complicated... Thanks for watching as always LIKE, ...
  5. In today's video Darl initially responds to a CHP call of a 40ft diesel pusher that had a front steer tire blowout causing it to crash into the center divider on the 10 ...
  6. The Corpus Christi, Texas, police department issued 36 tickets and impounded one vehicle during a special enforcement operation of the state’s move over law on Monday, July 15. The two-hour operation was assisted by Apollo Towing Services of Corpus Christi. Texas law requires drivers to move over a lane for emergency vehicles that includes police, fire, ambulances and tow trucks, or slow to 20 mph under the speed limit. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. A driver was driving while he was a bit sleepy. Unfortunately he was on a highway while doing so and he fell asleep and drove his truck off the exit ramp into a ...
  8. A Kenworth T270 was recognized as the milestone 200,000th medium-duty truck produced at the PACCAR plant in Ste-Thérèse, Quebec. Long-time Kenworth customer Miller Industries took delivery of the special T270 during a ceremony at the plant. The T270 is equipped with PACCAR PX-7 engine rated at 300 hp and an Allison automatic transmission, and was purchased from MHC Kenworth – Chattanooga in Tennessee. During the ceremony, Chakib Toubal-Seghir, PACCAR Ste-Thérèse plant manager, presented the keys to Miller Industries executives Will Miller, president and co-CEO; Kipp Felice, vice president of marketing and business development; and Billy Drane, heavy-duty product manager. “The production of 200,000 medium-duty trucks at PACCAR Ste-Thérèse is the result of a long history of exceptional performance and strong commitment to quality by our employees here at the plant. We take great pride in producing The world’s best trucks for such excellent customers like Miller Industries,” said Toubal-Seghir. “We’re very grateful to receive this milestone Kenworth T270 from the employees at the PACCAR Ste-Thérèse plant,” Felice said. “Miller Industries has a long history with Kenworth and MHC Kenworth — Chattanooga, and our end-user customers have always seen the value of Kenworth medium- and heavy-duty trucks in their tow fleets. Quality is what Miller Industries is all about, and this T270 will mean another satisfied customer for us.” Also at the event were Scott Trichel, MHC Kenworth regional vice president, and Jeremy Ervin, MHC Kenworth — Chattanooga sales representative. Representing Kenworth were Hank Johnson, Kenworth general sales manager for vocational and medium-duty; Mike Kleespies, Kenworth medium-duty sales director; and Erik Johnson, Kenworth Southeast Region sales manager. “We are proud of the great relationship we have with Miller Industries,” said Trichel. “As they have grown the business over the years, we’ve been able to grow with them. It’s great to see Miller Industries receive the 200,000th medium-duty truck built in Ste-Thérèse. From all of us at MHC Kenworth, we congratulate Miller and all the hard-working employees at the plant who made this truck possible.” Miller Industries is outfitting the Kenworth T270 with a Chevron Loadrite 12 Series body. The T270 will be used as an auto transporter by Kirkland Wrecker Services in Birmingham, Ala. Source: Kenworth View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. In today's video Trent Jr takes the rotator out for a quick and simple winchout of a tractor-trailer. Enjoy! Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, ...
  10. How often have you seen someone just gushing over a baby? Saying things like, “Oh, he’s so cute,” or “He looks just like his dad.” Then, when they reach their teenage years, what a different story — the eye-rolling parents with looks of exasperation because they don’t know what to do about the mood swings, defiance, and the where did my loving, little boy go? Then, as if overnight, they grow up to be adults and at 18 graduate high school and leave home. I’m on a scholarship committee that directs scholarships to students from families in the towing and recovery industry. I thought my “job” would be easy, but I found it definitely is not. The hardest part of the process was when reviewing applications and the applicant didn’t complete or send in all of the requirements. It broke my heart to see that happen. Writing a letter to inform the applicant of that was very hard for me to do. The good news is, all of the applicants proved to be wonderful, young adults who not only come from great towing families but excel in their studies and are involved in their communities, sports, clubs and churches — some while holding down jobs. To read their letters to the committee was heart-warming. To me, their goals and dreams were a reminder of the hope all of them bring to make our world a better place. It made me wonder why we always hear about the bad things young people do, and why we don’t give more shout-outs to these great students? They really are the cream of the crop, and the promise of some awesome, future leaders. While not all children want to be involved in the towing and recovery industry, let’s encourage and support them in whatever they want to do or be. I know you’re raising some great kids — keep up the good work. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  11. This video demonstrates how to use the heavy-duty king pin towing attachment to tow disabled road tractors from the rear. This king attachment is designed for use with Miller Industries™ heavy-duty wreckers, and is a great resource to have in your tool box! View the full article on Millerind.com
  12. This video showcased the Holmes DTU (Detachable Towing Unit) from Miller Industries and how it can allow the usage of a road tractors 5th wheel plate ...
  13. The man accused of stabbing a tow operator to death near Woodside, Calif., on June 18 has plead not guilty and requests to represent himself in court. Malik Dosouqi, 26, is suspected of luring tow operator John Pekipaki, 31, to a remote location and stabbing him. Officers discovered mortally-wounded Pekipaki while investigating the previous, fatal stabbing of Pacifica, Calif., taxi driver Abdulmalek Nasher near the same location. Nasher is believed to have also been lured to the area by Dosouqi. Dosouqi has been charged with two counts of murder with enhancements and if convicted could face the death penalty A hearing has been scheduled for July 17 regarding Dosouqi’s request for self representation with a preliminary hearing to be held the following day. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  14. Gerry Mead, executive director of innovation at Phillips Industries, discusses the challenges fleets face when it comes to properly specifying and maintaining liftgates. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  15. A company sent out in a Mack and there rgn trailer to load up a peterbilt that was being repoed voluntarily but unfortunately for the reposers found it was a dead ...
  16. A home owner had called us to come out and move a 20 ft container that he had converted into a shed from one side of his property to another but there was ...
  17. We got a call that a driver had put his truck in a ditch to avoid hitting a deer but the spot he was in would tell another story and it probably was a phone involved ...
  18. A driver got clipped by a semi and unfortunately it ripped his bumper hood and head light apart so he needed to be towed back to his base Once we arrived we ...
  19. I sometimes struggle when talking to someone about a difficult situation. I’m not sure what to say or how to say it. It doesn’t have to be business-related either. I was recently faced with a situation where I needed talk to someone about a difficult situation, and I needed to shift from being challenging to cooperative. I decided to use some basic steps to help me transform being overwhelmed and anxious into empowerment. First I said “we need to talk,” stated the purpose of the meeting and then made a positive intention. Next I stated the issue and asked questions. This would give me an idea of what the other person knew, or was thinking. I’ve found that their responses can be very different from what I heard or observed. After this discussion, we could then explore solutions that would benefit everyone. Putting the ball in the other persons court, so to speak, helps them come up with solutions and feel that their thoughts and ideas really do mean a lot in finding an amicable solution. The last steps were to define and confirm what was discussed, explore what options would be good to pursue and set a time-frame to meet again and re-evaluate. While I don’t look forward to having difficult conversations, I know that with practice, the right words and questions will come easier and I won’t feel so anxious when I have to say, we need to talk. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  20. This video is the second edition of the maintenance video series with Cummins Engine Company. In this video we demonstrate some tips for changing the air filters on your class-8 heavy-duty truck chassis air intake system for the Cummins® X15 Performance Engine. Ensuring that your tow truck is maintenanced properly helps ensure maximum performance and efficiency. View the full article on Millerind.com
  21. Safety4Her was founded in response to a lack of safe, comfortable, durable and fashionable clothing items for women in the towing industry. They offer practical designs for women who work in towing, construction, emergency response and other industries that demand hard work and physical agility — and to be seen day and night. Safety4Her offers range of high-visibility leggings, T-shirts, rain suits and accessories so towing industry women can be comfortable, safe and fashionable. Visit safety4her.com View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  22. Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE:OSK], manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and the parent company of Jerr-Dan, was recently honored by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Oshkosh Corporation is one of four honorees in the automotive category. This is the fourth consecutive year Oshkosh Corporation has been listed as a World’s Most Ethical Company and is one of 128 companies spanning 21 countries and 50 industries named to this list. “We are honored, once again, to be recognized for this award,” said Wilson R. Jones, president and chief executive officer, Oshkosh Corporation. “It is a testament to our 15,000 team members who demonstrate everyday our values of citizenship, honesty, accountability, integrity and respect.” “Operating with integrity and ethics is what fuels our spirit for innovation, which is why we are honored to receive this recognition for a fourth consecutive year,” said Richard Del Campo, vice president & general manager at Jerr-Dan. “It is our people, our product quality, our unwavering commitment to safety and ethics that sets up apart.” “Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues,” said Timothy Erblich, chief executive officer, Ethisphere Institute. “Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform, but last. I congratulate everyone at Oshkosh Corporation for earning this recognition.” The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  23. Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, and SHARE the HECK out of this video! ▻Support my channel-paypal.me/plazatowing (copy ...
  24. The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) recently announced it joined the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). “The Museum is currently working to offer our ITRHFM members a broader range of benefits — both inside and outside of the industry,” says Jeffrey Godwin, ITRHFM vice president. “It’s exciting that our members will have free access to over 1,000 venues throughout North America.” NARM participating organizations include art museums, cultural and historical institutions, botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers and more. Museum members need to present their current ITRHFM membership card validated with accepted NARM identification to take advantage of this benefit. At the renewal of your membership, you will receive a NARM sticker on your new membership card. If you would like to visit a reciprocal museum before your renewal, call the museum for information, 423-267-3132. A list of NARM members is available at towingmuseum.com View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  25. Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, and SHARE the HECK out of this video! ▻Support my channel-paypal.me/plazatowing (copy ...
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