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  1. Josef Korey, senior vice president, parts, for Navistar, discusses recent advancements in access and ordering that have been made to Navistar’s parts distribution and service networks. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  2. Peterbilt, a PACCAR Company (NASDAQ: PCAR) showcased its on-highway Model 579 featuring new exterior options and the proprietary PACCAR Powertrain at the American Trucking Associations Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) 2019 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. On display were two Model 579s equipped with the advanced PACCAR Powertrain, Peterbilt’s most fuel-efficient option. One of the trucks featured the UltraLoft integral sleeper and the new Blackout Exterior Package, which includes an exclusive black effect exterior paint for the cab and sleeper, Dura-BlackTM aluminum wheels and a black finish grille crown. The package is available for order, and Peterbilt customers can also order the black finish grille crown and Dura-Black aluminum wheels as standalone options with any exterior color. For more information visit www.peterbilt.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  3. For the tenth straight year, crowds gathered at the Florida Tow Show to see if they were going to drive away as the owner of a new 2019MY Hino Model 258ALP with a Miller Industries Chevron Carrier. The truck is part of a raffle that supports The Professional Wreckers of Florida (PWOF) Education and Legislation Programs. Gary Mickiewciz, Eastern Region Sales Vice President for Hino Trucks addressed the anxious crowd, “This is one of the best functions we have because we are changing someone’s life today and giving one lucky tower a new 2019MY truck to add to their business. We appreciate the risks that tow truck drivers take every day and this is one way of saying thank you.” This year’s winners are Lynn and Sheronda Hope of Lynn Hope Towing LLC of Greeneville, Tennessee. When asked, who was the first person they called after the win, Lynn replied, “I didn’t have to call anyone — they called me!” In business for 19 years, the Hopes have attended the Florida Tow show for the past 18 years and buy $100 in raffle tickets every year. This year paid off as their fleet of 12 grew to 13. “We look forward to the excitement of this event every year at the Florida Tow Show and we’re proud of our partnership with Hino Trucks over the past ten years to make it a success. It’s always a great feeling to see the look on the winner’s face when their name is chosen,” added Todd Harless Marketing Manager for Miller Industries. Source: PRnewswire View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. A tow operator in Forsyth, Ga., survived a crash that occurred April 19 when a vehicle hit his tow truck on the side of I-75. A Tennessee man was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic that hit the tow truck as the operator, Robby Callahan, 59, had finished loading a disabled pickup. Callahan reportedly had to dive over a guardrail as he heard screeching tires before the crash, which totaled three vehicles. The driver of the Civic said wet highway conditions may have caused his vehicle to hydroplane into the tow truck. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. Friends and relatives of the late Mississippi tow operator Tommy McKee are focusing their efforts on strengthening enforcement and penalties for the state of Mississippi’s move over law. McKee died April 23 when he was struck by a vehicle while loading a car on his tow truck on the shoulder of I-55 near Hernando, Miss. The driver of the vehicle that hit McKee was cited for failing to move over. Tow operators, family and friends of McKee want to see more enforcement of the state’s move over law and harsher penalties. See the news report here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. A tow operator was seriously injured on Sunday after being struck by a vehicle on the shoulder of I-55 in Gardner, Ill. According to state police, Operator Ryan McGrail was assisting a motorist when he and his tow truck were hit by a 2009 Nissan Altima. He was taken to Morris Hospital and later airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center. He was listed in serious condition. There were no injuries reported from the driver of the Nissan, or two passengers who were inside the tow truck. Illinois State Police are investigating the incident. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. A patent for an assembly of two tow eye hooks on the front bumper of its Class 8 truck has been awarded to Tesla. The design appears to be incorporated into the vehicle frame. See the full article here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  8. A Florida man has been charged with a felony count of hit-and-run and reckless driving resulting from an April 20 crash that critically injured a tow operator in Henrico County, Va. The operator was assisting a disabled RV on the shoulder of the northbound lane of I-95 when a vehicle driven by Robert Lee Longnecker, 85, of Panama City, struck him, police said. Longnecker was charged on April 29. See a report here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. A man is in custody of Miami-Dade police who say he is associated with the vehicle in which a suspect or suspects shot at a tow truck driver and his assistant early Friday, April 26, in northwest Miami-Dade. Police are still searching for a stolen Infinity Q50 that was repossessed prior to the shooting. See the full update here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. I’m sure by now a lot of you have heard about the new recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) with regard to new screen time limits for young kids. When I first heard about the recommendations I thought it was about how much time kids stared at screens, but it has more to do with spending more time doing pretty much anything else. The WHO advisor said the sedentary screen time has a lot to do with childhood obesity and physical activity. I think the amount of screen time kids have has taken away from not only physical activity but social interaction as well. It was noted that science hasn’t caught up with the worry that parents, families and people in general have about kid’s screen time. WHO also noted that not all screen time is bad; sitting or lying down and watching TV is not good, but dancing along with the TV is. I have to admit that my own screen time is way too much when I figure in TV, computer, tablet and cell phone. I always thought I wouldn’t be the person who drags out their phone when out to dinner, or – because I’m on a computer all day – wouldn’t check emails, message, etc. when I got home from work. Yeah right. I got sucked into spending more time looking at a screen now more than ever. It does make you ask yourself why. I know we all need these devices in connection with helping us do our jobs at work, but playing games, watching YouTube videos or scrolling through social media doesn’t help. I guess that even as adults we need to check how much time we spend staring at a screen, and monitor how it has affected our own physical activity and social engagements. We should be a good example to the kids. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  11. Are your dispatchers making you money? That’s the question Mike Porter, CEO of Speed’s Enterprises in Portland, Oregon, asked himself years ago after overhearing a dispatcher suggest another towing company when Speed’s was busy. “I really evaluated what role dispatchers should play in a towing company and decided they should be sales people as well as dispatchers,” Porter says. “But they need to be taught how to sell and best represent the company.” So Porter created STEEP, a dispatch training program that focuses on Smile, Tone, Empathy, Engagement and Politeness. The goal of STEEP is to improve the dispatching experience for customers and dispatchers and help dispatchers recognize leads and turn them into sales. A Dale Carnegie graduate, Porter is a national guest speaker on topics of leadership, sales techniques and business profitability. He will be addressing how to turn your dispatch department into a profit center at the 2019 Tow Summit. For more information contact him at mporter@tdrway.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  12. The California Tow Truck Association (CTTA) will auction a new 2018 Dodge Ram with Jerr-Dan MPL-NG aluminum body at CTTA’s Industry Leaders & Awards Night, May 10 at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Specifications: 2018 Dodge Ram 5500 HD, 19,500-lbs. GVWR, Cummins 6.7L diesel, automatic, AM/FM/SXM Satellite with Bluetooth, power windows and locks, heated power mirrors, Jerr-Dan MPL-NG aluminum body, wired membrane remote, 8,000-lb. winch, 4,000-lb. wheel-lift, Federal Signal LED light bar, one tunnel box and two side compartments. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the CTTA Foundation, a 501(C)3, established to provide funding and support for education within the towing industry. CTTA thanks donors Worldwide Equipment Sales and Jerr-Dan Corporation for the truck to be auctioned. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  13. ONTARIO RECOVERY GROUP INC. 345 Ecclestone Drive, Unit 1057 Bracebridge, ON Canada P1L 0A1 Phone: 705-645-0033 Fax: 705-645-0017 Email: doug@ptao.org Website: www.ptao.org PROVINCIAL TOWING ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO 65 Keith Road Suite 1 Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 0A1 Canada Phone: 705-646-0536 Fax: 705-645-0017 Email:doug@ptao.org Website: www.ptao.org View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  14. Eaton’s Vice President of Aftermarket Business, Tim Bauer, talks about the type of information available on the new company’s new online platform, and the benefits of this all-in-one format. View the full article on vehicleservicepros.com
  15. In a record voting turnout, Joanne Blyton was elected president of the Towing & Recovery Association of America, Inc. – TRAA during the biennial elections held during the Florida Tow Show. She will serve with the following board members: Vaughn Gobel, first VP; George Kuntz second VP; Tom Brennan, third VP; Kevin Fox, fourth VP, Michael Wildman, treasurer; and Jeffrey Godwin, associate representative. “This election is history making with Joanne Blyton of Montana elected TRAA’s first female president! It’s taken 40 years, but TRAA finally has a woman sitting in the president’s seat.” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  16. A tow truck operator in Baker County, Fla., is being credited for a “miracle” after rescuing an elderly woman stranded in her car that had plunged into a creek. According to a news report, operator Chris Miracle was responding to a call at approximately 2:15 a.m. when he saw flashing lights in thick brush and returned to investigate. He found the woman sitting in the car after it had left the roadway and crashed. Miracle, an employee of his family’s business, Miracle Towing and Recovery, and a volunteer firefighter, called for rescuers and winched the woman’s car to the roadway. She was later released from a hospital reportedly doing well. See the news article here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  17. Each year, the Women of the Towing & Recovery Association of America awards college scholarships to TRAA members’ children and grandchildren to assist them in completing their higher education. Applications are open for the 2019 scholarships. DEADLINE is June 7. Apply: http://www.wtraa.org/scholarships/ View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  18. The Tow Times April issue is loaded with info on how to make dispatching a sales tool for your company, popular towing accessories, tips on loading car carriers, a challenging recovery of a sunken tractor-trailer and much more. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  19. No surprise – Top speeds increase highway fatalities. “Over past 25 years over 36,000 lives could have been spared if states had not increased their maximum speed limits.” @NHTSAgov http://ow.ly/XbjD50rjRIF View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  20. The Right Approach is the right tool for the job. See why our friends at Prestige Imports Miami and Lamborghini Miami choose the Century 12-Series LCG Right ...
  21. Tow Op Down – Tommy Ray McKee, age 40, of Courtland, Miss., was killed roadside as he was loading a disabled vehicle on I-55. McKee apparently also was a police officer. “He was a great man and he will be deeply missed.” @MSTowingRecoveryProfessionalsAssociation http://ow.ly/4kwE50rqMlV >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  22. Century 12-Series LCG Right Approach Prestige Imports Testimonial from Miller Industries on Vimeo. View the full article on Millerind.com
  23. Tow procession – For California tow couple Shalvinesh and Rosylen Sharma who died in an accident about four weeks ago after a collision with a semi. Justin’s Towing Services “We are a strong family. we come together in good and bad times.” >> Link to source here << View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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