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  1. Proper maintenance goes a long way to ensuring your equipment works efficiently and dependably.  In a 24/7 towing and recovery industry, it can be challenging to make sure each maintenance step is performed on time and the right way.  This is especially the case if you are a towing company who owns multiple units across different models of heavy-duty wreckers and rotators.  This video aims to help by demonstrating how to properly lubricate 3-stage recovery booms found on the Century®️ and Vulcan®️ heavy-duty integrated wreckers and rotators.

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  2. My four-year-old niece was learning about symbols, so when I was in the car driving with her I would point out the golden arches and she would say, “McDonald’s.” Then we would stop at a stoplight and I would say, “red is for …” and she would say “stop.” Then I would say, “yellow is for …” and she would say “caution, slow down to stop.”  “Green is for …” and she would fill in the blank with “go.”

    So if my four-year-old niece knew the meaning of stoplight colors, why doesn’t the motoring public? It’s like there are no longer rules at stoplights. Motorists go through red, amber and green — and don’t slow down.

    I’d also like to know why so many cars seem to have broken blinkers, and when they see an arrow board indicating the lane will be closed up ahead they speed through to the very end and then you’re supposed to let them in to your lane.

    As long as I am venting, why do motorists feel they can pass on the right-side gravel shoulder of a two-lane road because the semi in front they’re following is not going fast enough for them?

    Where is the courtesy necessary to assure safety on the roadways? Does that little extra time really get you there faster? Is it a wonder there are more incidents of road rage?

    Sometimes can’t believe the stories my tow operators about how motorists’ act. With summer and higher temperatures, I’m hoping tow operators will keep a cool head when faced with jerk drivers.

    And I know tow operators understand what a red stoplight means.

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  3. The Women of the Towing & Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) is an auxiliary organization for the Towing & Recovery Association of American (TRAA).  Since 1990, under the TRAA Education Foundation, the WTRAA Scholarship Fund Committee has awarded scholarships to students affiliated with the towing and recovery industry.

    The WTRAA Scholarship Committee has announced and congratulates the following 2019 WTRAA Scholarship recipients:

    Ethan Gutzmer, John Hawkins II Award, $1,500 — University of Wisconsin-Platteville

    John Nelson, Jr., Ann Malcolm Award, $2,500 — New York University

    Rachelle Marshall, $800 — University of Central Florida

    Julia Rose Tantare, $1,500 — Seattle University

    Shaianne Turner, $1,000 — Limestone College

    For individuals interested in applying in 2020, look for the WTRAA Scholarship Application to run in the Spring edition of the TRAA – Towing & Recovery Association of America’s news publication.

    The WTRAA Scholarship Committee members are Geri Roskopf, chair, Katie Gratzianna, Kaileigh Kupchin and Jessica Kuntz, advisor.

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  4. Fourteen drivers from 11 Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida (PWOF) member companies donated their time and equipment to help move 32 antique horse-drawn carriages on Wednesday, July 25. PWOF Executive Director Mike Seamon and member Bob Cortes coordinated the move with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department and additional local law enforcement.

    Seminole County, Florida, resident Bill Nygren generously donated the collection to the Seminole County Historical Society to preserve the horse-drawn buggies, which date as far back as the late 1700s.

    “The collection is a treasure of immense historical value to the citizens of Seminole County and the world from the earliest days of transportation,” said Seminole County Commissioner Jay Zembower.

    Participating PWOF companies were: ARC Towing (Lakeland), Campus Towing (Deland), Cortes Towing Service (Longwood), Courtesy Towing (Longwood), Daytona Wrecker Service (Daytona), Elvis Towing (St. Petersburg), Frank’s Towing (Clearwater), Fryer’s Towing Service (Daytona Beach), Johnson’s Wrecker Service (Orlando), Stepp’s Towing Service (Orlando) and Tri-County Towing (Casselberry).

    Watch our September issue for a photo-essay highlighting the day.

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  5. Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) has created a new Customer Experience (CX) organization and named Paul Romanaggi as Chief CX Officer.

    DTNA launched its CX transformation in 2017 with the creation of a Customer Experience Day. During the now-annual event, employees and customers from across North America are brought together to brainstorm solutions to embed customer experience into the DTNA organization and culture. As a result, new channels for customer engagement have been established and DTNA has developed a new metrics suite focused on processes directly linked to customer satisfaction.

    The new CX organization will lead future transformative efforts across the DTNA business, including Freightliner, Western Star and Detroit Diesel for new truck sales, used truck acquisitions and aftermarket service. The group aligns multiple departments, including aftermarket Fleet Service, Warranty, Call Centers, Aftermarket Service Products, and Service Systems to provide streamlined customer communication and support.

    Romanaggi is a 34-year veteran of the company who has served in numerous customer advocacy senior management roles, including parts, service, warranty, quality, production supply chain, logistics, PDI centers and new product launch/changeover. He will report to Stefan Kurschner, senior vice president of Aftermarket for DTNA.

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  6. The driver of a Florida State Farm roadside assistance tow truck and a stranded motorist were involved in a crash on the Howard Franklin Bridge that joins St. Petersburg to Tampa.

    Adam Lopez, 29, of Tampa had pulled over to assist a motorist with a disabled vehicle when the approaching driver of a tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the tow truck and disabled vehicle. Attempting to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer, another vehicle swerved onto the bridge shoulder and struck the State Farm truck, which then struck the disabled vehicle. Both vehicles erupted into flames.

    Lopez and a passenger in the disabled vehicle have been hospitalized with serious injuries.

    The driver of the tractor-trailer did not stop at the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol asks anyone with information to call 813-559-1800.

    A full report can be found on Patch St. Pete, Fla.

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  7. A tow operator was killed on Friday, August 2, after being stuck by a vehicle on the shoulder of I-20 near the Ouachita/Richland Parish line in Louisiana.

    Operator Lloyd Moore Jr., 65, of Tallulah, La., was hit by an “unknown” vehicle as he was loading a disabled vehicle, Louisiana State Police say.

    Police are investigating the incident.

    A report can be found on knoe8.com.

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  8. The Tow Times August issue features info for proper loading and securement in “WreckMaster’s Car Carrier Basics” and “5 Wheel-lift Loading Tips” by Peter Fuerst of the International Institute of Towing and Recovery.

    The article “Used Truck Market Remains Strong as Economic Growth Continues” reviews the current used tow truck market including which type of trucks are in demand.

    In the Recovery Review department, the mission is to upright a stock trailer that was lifted by a tornado, carried over 1,500 feet and dropped on its side in a marsh.

    See these articles and more in the Tow Times August issue.

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  9. The Tow Times August issue features how-to on car carrier and wheel-lift loading with “WreckMaster’s Car Carrier Basics” and “5 Wheel-lift Loading Tips” from the International Institute of Towing and Recovery.

    This issue also contains a look at the used truck market, and which used tow trucks are in demand.

    The Recovery Review department covers the uprighting of a stock trailer that was lifted by a tornado and dropped in a shallow marsh.

    See these articles and more in the Tow Times August issue.

     

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  10. Talbert Manufacturing hosted a ribbon cutting May 14, 2019, that officially opened the 58,000-square-foot expansion of their Liberty, N.C. facility. The 120,000-square-foot Liberty Trailers LLC facility will manufacture Talbert’s Tag-A-Long series, traveling axle aeries and hydraulic tail series trailers.

    With the expansion, the manufacturer looks to increase dealer and customer support throughout North America with increased production capabilities and a support staff of 60 associates. Several Talbert representatives were on hand for the occasion including President Andrew Tanner, Co-Owner Russ Stern, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Troy Geisler, Vice President of Operations Jim Hall and Vice President of Purchasing Jamie Myers.

    “In 1938, Austin Talbert set out to change the heavy-haul industry,” said Andrew Tanner, president of Talbert Manufacturing. “With the expansion of Liberty Trailers LLC, Talbert Manufacturing is closer than ever to realizing his vision of customer-driven design that meets the ever-changing needs of the hauling industry. We’re able to double our current output, allowing us meet the needs of our Tag-A-Long customers and dealers across the U.S. and Canada so we can continue growing together.”

    The Liberty facility was originally home to Ferree Trailers, which Talbert purchased in 2014. With the acquisition, Talbert continued producing select Ferree products and moved production of their Tag-A-Long, traveling axle and hydraulic tail series trailers from their Indiana facility to Liberty. As the OEM grew, so did demand for the trailer series being produced at Liberty. In 2018, Talbert began expansion of the building and staff as part of its overall growth plan.

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  11. A news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution states that tow operator Darrell Simpson, 26, of Marietta, Ga., is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at approximately 2 a.m. on I-285 in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

    Simpson had stopped to assist the driver of a Mercedes-Benz SUV that had crashed into a center median and was in the center lanes. Simpson was hit after exiting his tow truck to check on the SUV driver.

    Simpson was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

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  12. Windsor Mill, MD Premier Towing & Transport, LLC

    A local tow company is looking to hire professional and experienced Tow Truck Drivers/Operators for shifts to begin immediately. You must have schedule flexibility, good work ethics, and integrity to work for Premier. Duties will include, but are not limited to providing towing and roadside assistance. All applicants must be able to pass a criminal background inspection for police initiated towing, drug & alcohol screening. For consideration bring to the office a current valid driver’s license, a recent driving record, a medical card, and complete an employment application.

    PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY DRUG TEST REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

    Serious inquires only bring requested documents to complete application at 2617 N. Rolling Rd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244 for an interview.

    View the full Job at TowCareers.com


  13. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law three enhancements to the state’s Move Over, or Scott’s Law, on July 30.

    According to a news story on ourquadcities.com, the first increases the first fine to $250 and $750 for additional violations, and increases violation penalties. If another vehicle is damaged the penalty is up to a year in prison. If someone is killed it could mean up to three years in prison and additional charges.

    The second will establish a Move Over Task Force to study violations and how to offer more responder protection.

    The third increases fines and penalties for work zone violations.

     

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  14. The recent crash of a semi truck into a tow truck and a car on I-81 in Susquehanna County, Penn., has local tow companies asking motorists to comply with the state’s Move Over law.

    The semi struck the tow truck and car on the roadside around midnight on July 30. Three people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

    A news story about the incident appears on WNEP The News Station.

     

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  15. Alabama Tow Operator In Critical Condition after Being Struck on I-85

     

    Police have identified a tow operator injured in a crash that occurred on the evening of July 29 on I-85 in Montgomery, Ala.

    Todd Wilson of Jacobs Towing in Montgomery was loading a vehicle onto his tow truck when he was struck in a multi-vehicle crash.

    According to a news report on WSFA12, Wilson was reportedly undergoing surgeries and is in critical but stable condition.

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  16. I haven’t gotten anything done on my to do list today. Frustration has set in and I just want to go home. Not sure who or what to blame so I am blaming it on the weather, which is in the 90s with humidity so high you just sit and sweat. If you’re in a state where this weather is common, remember I live in Wisconsin, and most Wisconsin towers will tell you they can’t work in this heat for more than a day or two.

    To tell you the truth, I’m not even working outside. I’m in an air-conditioned office and feel a little guilty sending my employees out to work in this heat. I don’t blame them for giving me “the look” when I let them know I have a call for them. If I think I’m having a bad day, so are they.

    When a motorist’s vehicle breaks down he or she is definitely having a bad day and sometimes even though we show up to help them, the tow operator gets the third degree about not only that the customer’s vehicle is down, but all the other problems customers are facing in their world — late for work, one of the kids is sick, etc.

    I was once advised that when frustration sets in to step away from my desk, close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. Okay, I followed that suggestion and while I feel a bit better, I think I’ll go and get that Dilly Bar I have in the freezer. Nothing like chocolate and ice cream to create a better mood in the summer time … and that too I’m blaming on the weather.

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