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Have you considered what other ancillary businesses your towing company could benefit from? From accident remediation to car-replacement, Bill Johnson of Hampshire Towing will explain how you can increase the revenues of your business through diversifying into other areas that are a natural for towing companies. Johnson, American Towman's 2015 Towman of the Year, is a Massachusetts tower who has diversified into six businesses under one roof. His seminar will take place during 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 TowingSeptember 02 - September 08, 2015

Show Bolsters [b]Texas Tow Industry

The successful draw to San Antonio for the recent Tow Expo Int'l not only benefitted the 100 plus industry suppliers who exhibited, and not only the thousands of towers who attended, but the industry at large in Texas. "The show," said Southwest Tow Operators Executive Director Tommy Anderson, "provided education to help towers be more successful and more professional. And our legislative meetings, well attended, helped update towers on what they need to know to be compliant with the state's laws regulating the towing industry. Once again this was an important event for the Texas towing industry."
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'Getting Paid' at [b]AT Exposition

The Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs Conference was a hit in Las Vegas, and looks to be even better in Baltimore this November. The Conference will feature presentations from eight of the towing industry's motor clubs: Agero, Allstate Roadside Services, Coach-Net, FleetNet, GEICO, Nation Safe Drivers, Road America and USAC/MD. They will speak to towing companies on how to expedite payments as well as the specifics on how to get paid. The participating motor clubs will discuss what is required, time frames, proper invoicing procedures and other pertinent information.

Luis Chacon of Chacon Towing and Roadside Assistance in Atascosa, Texas, attended the Conference in Las Vegas earlier this year. He said he enjoyed the opportunity to talk face-to-face with motor club representatives.

"You know you have GEICO, Allstate, all these folks that are bringing their folks out to tell us how to submit invoices, what extra things we can bill for, what's not billable, how to just go through the process and that's what everybody wants to know: how to get paid and how to get the most out of every call we go out on for these motor clubs," said Chacon. "The only way you can learn all that is to actually come down to a conference and sit in one and learn from the folks that actually write the checks."

The Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs Conference will take place at the American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 19-22.
By Don Lomax

Lift and Tow's [b]Z Series Wheel Lifts

lifttowtruck d49dcWith Lift & Tow's Z Series wheel lifts, the company says drivers can complete towing jobs without even stepping out of their trucks. Drivers simply back up their truck to the vehicle and press a button on their wireless remote. The Z Series can lift up to 3,500 lbs. and tows up to 7,500 lbs. See this and other Lift and Tow products at the American Towman Exposition, November 19-22 in Baltimore, Md.
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Light- and medium-duty units
Car carriers and trailers
Heavy-duty units and Rotators
We have an even mix of all units

Positive Tow Stories, Lesser Coverage

This time, it happened in Sioux Falls, S.D. A torrential downpour brought about flash flooding in the city, stranding motorists and rendering many cars inoperable. It virtually crippled the city.

There were several newspaper reports that focused on how towing companies in the city were busy "'round-the-clock;" but only from the standpoint of receiving phone calls and saying how far behind they were.

No plaudits for their role in getting the cars off the road. No cheers for their role in rescuing stranded passengers.

And definitely, no pictures of the towers in action or of the company personnel interviewed themselves.

In other words, no building the image of the towman as a hero in mass media.

I wouldn't be so bothered—if it wasn't so weighted on the opposite side. If a towman were convicted of a crime ... his or her picture would be there, or there'd be TV coverage. If a towman "acted out" at a roadside scene ... his or her picture would be there, or there'd be TV coverage.

Maybe it's just me, because I know what you go through. But I know this: If I was a towman, I'd make more noise to my local (and national) media outlets about the discrepancy.
--Charles Duke
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CONGRATULATIONS!-Colin Leach and his new bride Allisha are pictured suspended on the back of a 2010 Peterbilt with Century 1075 rotator with Colin's father, 2014 American Towman Silver Star recipient Garry in the foreground. Colin and Allisha were married earlier this month. They broke out a new endless loop for the event so the bride's dress wouldn't get dirty. Who said chivalry is dead?
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