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    USAC/MD Reaches $100,000 Milestone in Donations to the Survivor Fund

    USAC donation milestoneInternational Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum Press Release: 

    The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum announced on September 23 that United States Auto Club, Motoring Division, Inc. (USAC/MD) reached a coveted milestone. Over the nine year history of the USAC/MD Charity Golf Classic, USAC/MD raised a cumulative total exceeding $100,000 for the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund. At the recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of the towing industry, USAC/MD was recognized with an award and presentation check marking the milestone at the “Wall of the Fallen” monument.  The donated funds continue to provide financial support to families of those lost in the line of service.

    Next year will mark the 10th Annual USAC/MD Charity Golf Classic and the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund is thankful for the continued generosity of sponsors, players and others in attendance.  The event will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Celebration Golf Club in Celebration, FL, in conjunction with the PWOF Florida Tow Show.  (more…)

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    Dick’s Automotive Transport

    Dick's Automotive TransportDick’s Automotive Transport has been in business in the San Francisco area since 1957. Founder Dick Sgarlato turned over the reins to his four sons in 1990. Today, Dick’s Automotive has a fleet of over 30 trucks, including light-, medium- and heavy-duty; flatbeds and battery service vehicles. This is a 2016 Dodge D5500 with a 102-inch wide, 19.6-foot aluminum Century SST bed. See the Tow Times August issue Trucks on Call department to see a photo of this truck and Dick Sgarlato in a 1968 Chevrolet tow truck.

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    MaterThis is our tow dog Mater. We came up with the name from the character Tow Mater in the movie Cars. We thought it would fit perfectly as he joined our towing company.

    Mater is a 13-week-old English Labrador and runs the office here at Dave’s AuTow in Waterford Pa. He’s learning how to be a co-pilot for our 10 tow trucks and is pictured in the window of our 6×6 custom-built Peterbilt. He’s also pictured in the passenger air seat, where he’s quite comfortable.

    We’ve been fans of Tow Times magazine for years.

    Erica and Matt Alexander

    Dave’s AuTow

    Waterford, Pa.

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Navistar Announces Wide-Ranging Strategic Alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus

navistar-volkswagonNavistar International Corporation announced on September 6, 2016, that it has formed a wide-ranging strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus, which includes an equity investment in Navistar by Volkswagen Truck & Bus and framework agreements for strategic technology and supply collaboration and a procurement joint venture.

The agreements expected to be entered into in connection with the alliance will enable Navistar to offer customers expanded access to leading-edge products and services through collaboration on technology and the licensing and supply of Volkswagen Truck & Bus products and components, while better optimizing its product development spend. The alliance will also strengthen Navistar’s liquidity position. In addition, the procurement joint venture is expected to leverage the purchasing power of Volkswagen Truck & Bus’ three major truck brands, Scania, MAN and Volkswagen Caminhıes e ‘nibus, in addition to Navistar’s own International and IC Bus brands, providing Navistar with enhanced global scale.

Navistar expects significant synergies from both the strategic technology collaboration and the procurement joint venture. The company expects the alliance to be accretive beginning in the first year, and for cumulative synergies for Navistar to ramp up to at least $500 million over the first five years. By year five, it expects the alliance will generate annual synergies of at least $200 million for Navistar. This annual run rate is expected to grow materially thereafter as the companies continue to introduce technologies from the collaboration.

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    The 2016 Shine ‘n Star Photo Parade

    It’s trucks, trucks and more trucks in the 2016 Shine ‘n Star Photo Parade featured in the Tow Times September issue. The Photo Parade is a selection of entries in the 2016 contest with a complete listing of entries on pages 42 and 43.
    Also included in this issue is a review of why knowing the age of your tires is critically important for tire safety and service life (page 22). And check out new trends in lighting technology in work lights, light bars and tow lights (page28).

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