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    Unit 183 is a 1986 Mack with a 1990 Vulcan 30-ton integrated unit proudly operated and cared for by 21-year industry veteran Paul Ghrist of Jeswald Auto Truck Service in Austintown, Ohio.

    “It is equipped with lots of strobe lighting along with an arrow stick front and rear to help warn motorists when working alongside the highway,” Ghrist writes. “It also carries diesel fuel, coolant and fuses among other things to possibly get the driver back on his way. This unit is a first-out truck and runs almost every day. I would like to thank everyone who puts in the time to make this publication such an informative and helpful magazine. And to all the other towers out there, be safe and watch your back.”

    Jeswald Auto Truck Service has been family owned and operated since 1939, serving the Mahoning Valley with a fleet of light- to heavy-duty trucks providing services that include towing, recovery, roadside assistance and transport.

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    Corey Conrady of Stanley’s Wrecker Service in Enid, Okla., submitted photos of their tow dogs Hemmi and Kya in September 2016. “Hemmi is a 10-year-old [male] German shepherd. Kya is a three-year-old [female] German shepherd,” Corey wrote. “Both hang out in the office and salvage yard.”

    Sadly, Corey notified us recently that Hemmi passed away in late July. “He was a great dog that loved his life at the wrecker yard and towing,” Corey writes. “Stanley’s Wrecker Service of Enid and Perry, Okla., has been in business for over 30 years, serving North West, North, Panhandle, and Central Oklahoma primarily, in addition to Southern Kansas and Texas Panhandle. We have a fleet of 16 wreckers ranging from Dodge pickups to heavy wreckers. We also have a compliment of 20 pieces of equipment from semi-tractors, trailers, loader, skid steers, service trucks, dozer and generator.”

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Miller Industries Supports Susan G. Komen Foundation with Pink Century 3212CX

Custom built with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in mind, Miller Industries produced a bright pink Century 3212CX wrecker on a Kenworth T440 chassis from MHC Kenworth of Chattanooga to help raise breast cancer awareness during the month of October. The truck was on display during events throughout the greater Chattanooga area as part of a partnership with the regional Susan G. Komen Foundation affiliate to help raise awareness for their annual Komen Chattanooga Race for the Cure event and promote general breast cancer awareness.

“Believe it or not, a big, bright-pink tow truck attracts a lot of attention going down the road.” said Todd Harless, marketing manager for Miller Industries. “For this reason we thought the truck would be a great resource to help the local Susan G. Komen affiliate promote their annual Chattanooga race and raise awareness for breast cancer.”

“The pink tow truck looks amazing and certainly attracted a lot of attention,” said Anita Stewart, director of Community Engagement for the Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee Affiliate. “Having the tow truck join us on-site during our promotional events led to more registrations for our race.

In addition to using the pink tow truck to help promote the local Race for the Cure event in Chattanooga, Miller Industries plans to contribute $10,350 to the Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee affiliate with funds raised through their WeTow charity tow-hook bracelet program launched earlier this year.

For more information about Miller Industries follow them on social media or visit millerind.com.

 


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