Lee-Smith Celebrates 75th Anniversary


    Customer Appreciation Celebration
    On Wednesday October 15, Lee-Smith celebrated its 75th anniversary as a leading supplier of commercial transportation products and services in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the surrounding market with a Customer and Supplier Appreciation luncheon. Over 800 people were in attendance.

    Founded in 1939 as a McCormick-Deering factory branch, the company has evolved through a series of stages and ownerships. Today the family-owned company employs more than 150 people who sell and service Navistar (International Trucks), Ford and Isuzu trucks throughout the tri-state area.

    “We understand the reason we’re still here after 75 years is the value created by our employees and products, the loyalty of our customers and the support of our supplier-partners,” said Less Lee, president of Lee-Smith. (more…)

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    80-year Celebration

    Parker Service Inc.Parker Service Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and for arriving media representatives covering the event, the Parker Service crew set up this display — a 2014 Kenworth T800 twin-steer with a Century 75-ton rotator lifting a 2006 Ford F-550 with a Century 311 Express.

    A resulting newspaper article noted that while today Parker Service Inc. is the largest towing company in northeast Indiana running 73 trucks — all Miller Industries equipment — with a long, rich history in the Ft. Wayne area, the company’s humble beginnings started in 1934 when Homer Parker opened a small gas station/grocery store with a one-bay auto repair shop. His son Larry Parker took over in 1954, adding a bay to the repair shop and purchasing the company’s first tow truck with “a shotgun, movie projector and a small loan from his brother.”

    Larry Parker (pictured in photo) grew the business and in 2008, his son Dan Parker took over. Today, Dan is president and Larry Parker is vice-president.

    Coverage of the 80th anniversary has been positive and the Parkers are pleased with the recognition of this special milestone.

    “It made my dad feel good, and that’s what it’s all about,” says Dan Parker. “I owe it all to him.”

     

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    Luca

    Luca“My name is Luca. I’m a five-year old German Shepherd and I go to work with my mom and dad, Robert and Danielle Yoho.

    “I get to play in the impound, nap in the office, occasionally chase Daisy the office cat and go on calls.

    My favorite thing (besides a treat) are the words ‘load up.’”

    Yoho’s Automotive & Towing

    Pinellas Park, Fla.

     

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Industry News

Hino Trucks Celebrates 30 Years in the U.S.

Hino Celebrates 30 Years in U.S.Hino Trucks has reached a milestone of 30 years in business in the United States. Founded in 1984 as a limited distributorship with responsibility for importing class 4 through 7 cab-over trucks, Hino has evolved into a prominent U.S. company with a dealer network of more than 200 points, assembly and manufacturing facilities in Williamstown W.Va. and Marion, Ark., with eight locations throughout the country.

Having garnered more than a dozen industry awards for customer satisfaction and “Truck of the Year” three times in the last six years alone, Hino Trucks continues to set record sales and post market share gains annually that make the 30-year-old company one of the country’s fastest growing medium duty truck brands.

“While we are proud of our many accomplishments, the legacy of Hino Trucks over its first 30 years is not defined by the numbers it has accumulated, but by the lives it has touched in its journey,” said Glenn Ellis vice president of Marketing, Product Planning and Dealer Operations. He continued, “To some, Hino Trucks represents a reliable transportation source that enables businesses to meet the needs of their customers. Still others look to Hino Trucks as a trusted business partner that can be counted on as a steadying presence in a volatile economic environment. As we reflect on and celebrate 30 years of Hino Trucks in the U.S., we also celebrate the people that have woven our brand into the American fabric.” (more…)


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    Editor’s Note: The following article is a more in-depth version of the October issue Tow Times Learning Center topic: Basics of Towing: Changing a Car Battery.

    Back in the “good old days” it was easy to change a car battery. You simply disconnected the negative battery cable, the positive battery cable, the battery hold down bracket and pulled out the old battery. You installed the new battery, and then connected the battery cables and bracket. Then, off you could go. Does it work like that now? Most car batteries are still changed the same way but things can get a bit more complicated and expensive with some cars. One mistake can cost you several hundred dollars. (more…)


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