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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 18 - November 24, 2015

More Registration Booths for AT Expo

The registration lobby inside the Baltimore Convention Center has bulked up, adding 12 more registration stations to handle the expected crowd.

Show management reports that advance registration is up 10 percent over last year's record signup. Onsite registration is expected to increase as well.

The American Towman Exposition is in its 27th year with 220 exhibitors, 200 trucks, 50 equipment manufacturers and 17 call providers/motor clubs. The show runs Nov. 20-22.

Association Merger [b]in Ohio

The Quick Clear Professionals of Ohio and the Professional Towers of Ohio Association announced Nov. 12 they have merged, becoming the Association of Professional Towers – Ohio. The new association said the alliance signals a movement towards an improved and unified approach to protect the interests of the towing and recovery industry in Ohio.

"The merger brings together the people and strengths of both associations and will provide Ohio's towing community with a fundamentally sound and respected trade association focused on state government and public policy affecting the towing and recovery industry," said Joe Hollabaugh, APTO's executive director. "Major changes are occurring in the industry right now and APTO will equip Ohio towers with information, training and advocacy to help protect their businesses."

QCPO and PTO began their partnership in March 2015 in an effort to ensure proper representation at the Ohio Statehouse. This representation included initiating a strategy with a team of legal, legislative and communications professionals to change SB 274. Since that time, the association said significant progress has been made including making positive changes in SB 274, holding several training seminars to educate the industry, and working with the Public Utilities Commission in their rules writing process.

As a united entity, APTO will also provide leadership around statewide initiatives to advance safety and training for Ohio's towing and recovery industry. APTO will work closely with state agencies to promote best practices in traffic incident management in an effort to increase safety and efficiency when clearing traffic incidents on Ohio highways.

By Don Lomax

Kenworth T-880 with [b]Century 7035

KW-T-880-with-Century-7035 76936Kenworth's 40-inch sleeper, shown here backed with a Century 7035, is designed for vocational applications that use straight trucks, such as the tow industry, and for tractors hauling flatbeds, lowboys or other trailers where length and weight may come into play. The 40-inch sleeper saves 260 pounds over Kenworth's 52-inch sleeper, and features more than 22 cubic feet of storage space to handle gear for occasional stays in the sleeper. See this and other Miller Industry offerings at the American Towman Exposition, November 19-22 in Baltimore, Md.
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Come On Down!

And you better believe that "the price (will be) right" on the American Towman Exposition trade show floor this weekend.

With more than 220 exhibitors, towing professionals will definitely be able to play "let's make a deal" and become the proud owners of new towing equipment and supplies—just in time for the busy winter season.

But the Exposition is so much more. Against the backdrop of Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor, towing professionals from around the world will descend on this great American city to enjoy the waterfront, learning opportunities, great hospitalities and much more.

So, as I used to say on the radio, "Don't meet me there—BEAT me there!," and help us close out the trade show season at the biggest one of them all, the American Towman Exposition.
--Charles Duke
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With registration up 10 percent, 220 exhibitors and 200 trucks on the show floor, the 2015 American Towman Exposition is shaping up as the largest ever in its history. It takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 20-22.
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