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You took a lot of risks to get to where you are today. But, as your tow business has become more established, your risks are more significant. You have the responsibility to your business, your employees, to your clients and to YOU to invest in risk management planning. Michael Harding of Markel Specialty Programs will discuss this in his seminar titled "Don't Get Blind-sided by Risk You Don't See: Risk Management Best Practices for Towers." He'll review best practices of towers that have gone years without an accident. It will be presented at the American Towman Exposition, November 19-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingOctober 07 - October 13, 2015

Bus & Coach Towing Expands

The challenges of hooking up coaches and high-end buses will be discussed in an information-packed American Towman Exposition seminar, Bus & Coach Towing. Tom Luciano and John Hawkins of Miller Industries will head a session featuring examples of techniques, uncommon situations, rigging strategies and more in this special session.

This year the Bus & Coach Towing seminar will expand to a two-hour session. The last two years the seminar played to a packed house; and each year the audience wanted more features and facts than the one-hour class could address. So for the first time, American Towman will have Luciano and Hawkins in a two-hour session with new photos and content for the motor coach and passenger industry.

"One common theme we hear from many towers," said Hawkins, "is the challenges they encounter in trying to hook up to a wide variety of buses, coaches and RVs on the roadways that keep growing in popularity. During our seminar we will offer you a variety of techniques and procedures including tire lifting, flat towing, frame forking, air connections, air fittings, automatic transmissions, bridge clearance and the new side of trailer towing."

The Bus & Coach Towing seminar will be presented as part of the American Towman Academy during the American Towman Exposition. The seminar takes place Saturday Nov. 21 from 9-11 a.m., and every year it is presented in front of a packed room. Make sure to register online and get to the classroom early.

GM, Navistar [b]Reach Agreement

General Motors Co. and Navistar reached a long-term agreement to develop and assemble future medium-duty, conventional cab Class 4/5 commercial vehicles, allowing Navistar to strengthen its product lineup and GM to expand its Chevrolet commercial truck portfolio.

"Bringing medium-duty conventional cab trucks back into the portfolio strengthens Chevrolet's commitment to providing commercial customers with more choices and one-stop shopping for a versatile lineup of trucks, vans and crossovers," said Ed Peper, U.S. VP of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales.

The future products will be jointly developed using Navistar's expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities, and GM's commercial components and engines. The vehicles are slated for production in 2018 and will be manufactured at Navistar's facility in Springfield, Ohio. Navistar plans to add 300 jobs and invest more than $12 million in facility upgrades and state-of-the-art equipment to produce the new vehicles.

"Our collaboration with GM is another example of our customer-centric, open integration approach – providing our customers with the best technologies available," said Bill Kozek, president, Truck and Parts, Navistar. "By working with an industry-leading company like GM, we'll be able to enhance our medium-duty product portfolio and leverage our scale and expertise in manufacturing medium-duty trucks."

By Don Lomax

Dynamic's 701 Series

701series 01 hero 2919bDynamic's 701 Series features a 5,000-lbs. self-loading wheel lift assembly and a 7,500-lbs. tow capacity. The 701 Series also offers a frame fork attachment as an added option. It comes with a three-year warranty with an option to purchase an extended fourth or fifth year. Learn more about this and other Dynamic offerings at the American Towman Exposition, November 20-22, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
Tow First is an initiative to tow light-duty vehicles off an interstate, turnpike or other high-speed highway to a safe location before changing a flat tire. Is this feasible?
This is something I support wholeheartedly
Yes; but I would have to change my company's current tow policy to adhere to it
I only have a service truck for tire changes; not able to tow
It's not feasible; many circumstances require changing the tire first

Set Time Aside [b]for You

How much time do you set aside for your passion: the one thing that, without it, you wouldn't consider yourself complete?

We've all been guilty of getting too involved in the day-to-day necessities of life. Work, paying bills, keeping a roof over our heads and our businesses—it can suck the air out of our time.

Yet, I submit that it is just as important that you take time to pursue your passion. For me, it's music. One of the things I love to do is take out my instruments and play. It's an added bonus when I get the inspiration to record something on my computer.

However, and invariably, life sucks me back into its vortex and I never get a chance to complete what I've started.

Instant frustration.

Yes, I've been guilty of not setting the time aside. But that's going to change. I suggest if you haven't done so, do it!

How can we give the world the best of us ... if such an integral part of us is missing?
--Charles Duke
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Tom Luciano and John L. Hawkins of Miller Industries will be on hand to present their popular “Bus & Coach Towing” seminar during the American Towman Exposition at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 21. This year, the information-packed seminar expands to two hours.
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