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    CNTA Holds Meeting with OOIDA Representative 

    The following is a press release from the Conference of Northeast Towing Associations:

    At their quarterly meeting in May, the Conference of Northeast Towing Associations (CNTA) hosted Mike Matousek, Director of State Legislative Affairs and Director of Government Affairs at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

    “We invited Mike to begin discussions on the issues both sides have,” stated John Glass, CNTA 1st vice president. “We hope by bringing out the issues from both sides we could possibly help each other rectify the problems on both sides. Additionally, we would like to discuss any legislative issues they may be pursuing.”

    On the towers side, we see with increasing frequency the issue of trucking companies being underinsured or not insured for towing and recovery at all.

    On the trucker’s side, there is the issue of inflated towing and recovery bills. While invoices submitted by towing and recovery companies may be entirely accurate, fair, and reasonable, like any industry, there are instances when some companies feel it necessary to inflate the cost of their services to exorbitant amounts. (more…)

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    Blessing Celebration/Tribute for NRC HIM

    We recently added an NRC 60/80SR HIM (Heavy Incident Manager) to our fleet. For many years Bill Jackson has been a huge influence on my desire to seek out training as a professional towing and recovery operator, here and cross training with other emergency service agencies.

    In 2016 I was offered an opportunity to become an NRC trainer, and for that I feel very thankful. When we were getting this HIM, I asked Bruce Jackson if I could dedicate this unit to his father, Bill Jackson, and he gave us his approval.

    We had a blessing celebration on March 12, 2017, which featured the traditional Chinese lion dance, which was extra special to our family as my youngest son, Kolton (age 8), was the head of one of the two lions that performed the blessing.

    Kenneth Tom

    Advanced Towing & Recovery

    Advanced Crane & Rigging

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Editor’s Note: The Tow Times April issue featured tributes to the late industry trainer and educator Bill Jackson.

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    Taco

     

    Taco is our five-year-old mascot here at Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery. He can’t wait to get to work every day, hang out and greet everyone. He makes us all happy even on our worst days.

    We love our little buddy and can’t imagine a workday without him.

    Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery

    Ed Fowler, Jimbob Parris, Diane Parris, owners

    Cowpens, S.C.

    Editor’s Note: Fowler and Son Towing and Recovery has been in business five years and services Spartanburg and Cherokee counties with a fleet of eight trucks.

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Jerr-Dan Expands Tow Support Service

Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation Company (NYSE:OSK) has expanded its Tow Support program by adding district service managers providing regional coverage and carrying and stocking more parts in inventory. Tow Support supports customers after the initial purchase, encompassing all aspects of customer service including parts stocking, accessories, warranty, technical support, training and service.

“Tow Support is all about keeping our customers up and running in a faster more efficient way,” said Mike VanAken, Director for Jerr-Dan Aftermarket Support. “Tow Support demonstrates our commitment to our distributors and gives them the right tools to exceed their customers’ expectations.”

Jerr-Dan’s Tow Support program consists of an expanded parts and accessories catalog to keep customers’ up-to-date on the tools, parts, and accessories the company has to offer, full regional coverage of district service managers to provide customers with faster, more efficient ways to receive assistance, a technical publications library offering guides and manuals that can be downloaded online and a Jerr-Dan new product warranty.

For more information visit www.jerrdan.com.


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