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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 09 - January 16, 2017

Fire at Conn. Tow Business

Firefighters quickly put out a four-vehicle blaze at a Newington, Conn., towing company Monday. Emergency crews were called to Mirabelli Automotive at 11:30 a.m. to deal with two vehicles that had caught fire in the driveway, Deputy Chief Bob Regina said. The vehicles had been towed and left in the driveway when the fire started. Staff at the business tried to move one of the vehicles out of the way, he said. The fire caused the windows and the tires to blow out. No one was injured. Source:
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Minivan Recovered from Lake

A white Pontiac Montana parked on frozen Clark Lake in Clark Lake, Mich., started sinking Monday around 10:30 a.m. The minivan suffered water damage, however a 64-year-old Jackson County man left the scene in the vehicle. No injuries were sustained. The Columbia Township Fire Department cleared a path and hooked up the minivan and Phelps Towing pulled the vehicle out of the water. Part of the vehicle was submerged before being towed out, which took about 20 minutes. The driver had abandoned the vehicle but returned during the rescue, said Columbia Township Police Sgt. Jay Niles. The driver faces no civil infractions, but must pay Phelps Towing for costs to remove the minivan from the lake. Source:

Towman Rescues Cow from Pool

A cow was rescued by a tower and firefighters earlier this week in southeast Oklahoma City, Okla. David Milligan has been a tower for a decade. He said this is "udderly" his strangest call so far. "I didn't believe it at first. You know it was kind of crazy," Milligan said. "We had like four-inch straps and we just wrapped around its belly, hooked to the hooks and I used the boom to pick it up." This was his first time towing a farm animal. Source:
Minivan Recovered from Lake
Melted ice caused parked vehicle to sink into lake
Fire at Conn. Tow Business
No one injured from blaze at Mirabelli Automotive in Newington
Towman Rescues Cow from Pool
Called job “udderly” his strangest call so far

APTO Holding Seminar on New Bill

The Association of Professional Towers–Ohio will conduct a seminar that will focus on the changes brought on by the recently passed HB 341 towing bill.

The bill soon will be law and dramatically impact how Ohio towing companies operate.

The seminar will cover many areas including: new regulations set forth by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, new towing and storage deductions, new violations that can cause towers to lose their business and more.

The seminar is scheduled for Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Berwick Manor in Columbus. Cost is $100 and includes a lunch buffet. All of the proceeds from this seminar will support the efforts of the Private Property Rate Committee. Register at


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Emily Oz Reports • January 09 - January 16, 2017

Winds of Change

As the winds of change take place in our nation's capital this week, it might be a good time to reflect on what changes lie ahead for the towing industry over the next four years.

History has taught us that Republican administrations generally lean towards deregulation, so perhaps some of the current towing laws may change over time.

Research and development affecting the industry may or may not take a hit. What will happen as far as the prediction of driverless cars and how that will affect the towing industry is something that you will want to stay on top of. Attending the Futures Conference during Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas, Nev., May 10-12, may provide some answers for you.

The next four years will call for diligence and participation of members of the industry to remain aware of what is happening. If you haven't already, begin to build relationships to help fight whatever comes up that is deemed unfair to the industry.

Life is cyclical, be it business, politics, the economy or whatever else. Make sure you're in the know.
--Charles Duke
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