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National organization meets with electric car maker at Towman show
Buddy's Wrecker Service in Tennessee retrieves an $800,000 plane
Consumers pay as much as 300% using cars as collateral
Truck was love at first sight for Larry's Towing
New product is a three-level flashlight with USB power port
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Agent Charged with Manslaughter
Kenneth Lee Drew, accused of chasing a Pleasant Grove, Utah, woman in her SUV that he was trying to repossess, was charged Tuesday in her death. Drew, 49, faces a charge of manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of Ashleigh Best as she drove a Lincoln Navigator away from her home just after midnight May 17. According to newly filed charging documents, Drew acted "recklessly" that night, knew what he was doing was wrong, and tried to cover it up. He is due in court Wednesday for his arraignment. Source:
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Judge Dismisses Towing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought against Shelby Township, Mich., and several town officials by two towing companies that lost their combined bid for towing services. Ruehle's Towing, the township's former provider, and Jimmy's Towing Recovery and Transport filed a legal complaint in October following the township's decision
to award a three-year towing contact to Utica Van Dyke Service. The complaint alleged that the township's police chief and/or individual board member defendants "preordained that UVDS would be awarded the contract and manufactured scoring results to fit that choice," because they "accepted … forms of influence" from UVDS. Ruehle's provided the township's towing services since Feb., 2012. After a bidding process, the township awarded the contract to UVDS last July; it became effective Sept. 1. Source:
Int'l OTA Progr. for Cummins
International Truck became the first truck OEM to offer over-the-air programming for Cummins engines. OTA programming enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate engine programming at the customer's facility through secured Wi-Fi. The service offers an easy means of updating engine control modules without the necessity of visiting a dealer or other service facility. The service will first be available for limited production release of Cummins 2017 model year engines, beginning in fall 2016. Source:
Judge Dismisses Towing Lawsuit
Former tow provider alleged "manufactured results"
Agent Charged with Manslaughter
New charges cite agent acted "recklessly"
International OTA Programming for Cummins
International Truck offers over-the-air programming for engine maker
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'Tow Tank' at [b]Tow Expo Int'l

You've likely seen or heard about "Shark Tank," the ABC television show where budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of investors. Now you'll have a chance to do the same with your ideas to improve towing and recovery.

"We want the towers that have ideas, inventions and business plans—but don't have the money or contacts or knowledge to get them going—to bring those ideas to the Tow Expo International," said Matt Manero, CEO of Commercial Fleet Financing.

Towers who enter their ideas into the Tow Tank will be heard and voted on by four judges, including Manero. As of press time, the first-place prize for winning over the Tow Tank judges was a minimum of $5,000 and one year of business advice from Bethany Williams, a global marketing, branding and small business expert.

You can submit your video entry at; 10 entries will advance to do a live pitch to the judges during Tow Expo International on Aug. 4-6 at the Arlington (Texas) Convention Center. For more information, call Sarah Burnett at 972-247-8447, Ext. 10.

Advantage Funding

Unknown 04b71Advantage Funding is one of the largest independent commercial transportation lenders in the U.S. They feature 24-hour approval on transactions up to $1 Million, special walk-away lease programs on heavy-duty equipment, direct financing with no extra fees and more. Come see what Advantage Funding has to offer you at Tow Show International, taking place at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas Aug. 4-6.
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Ahead of the Curve

It's a good thing to see the towing industry take the initiative in partnering with car manufacturers to develop strategies for servicing their cars. Such was the case recently with TRAA, led by Bud Gruber, chairman of its motor club communications committee, in a meeting with electric car manufacturer Tesla at the recent American Towman ShowPlace in Las Vegas, Nev.

Liaisons such as this can only help the industry expand its horizons and become more professional in its approach to working roadside.

As Americans become more environmentally conscious and electric cars become more prominent over the coming years, it's important that the towing industry gets and stays ahead of the curve.
--Charles Duke
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