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    Jerr-Dan Corp. Donates Carrier for Auction Benefitting Survivor Fund

    Jerr-Dan Corp. will donate a 2019 Freightliner M2 with a 22-foot XLP Jerr-Dan body to the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum to benefit the Survivor Fund. This is an example of the truck. The donated truck is planned to be white in color with a blue body and feature a vinyl Survivor Fund logo.

    Jerr-Dan Corp. has donated a tow truck carrier to the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum to benefit the Survivor Fund. The 2019 Freightliner M2 with a Jerr-Dan 22-foot XLP flatbed has a retail value upwards of $95,000. The tow truck that will be auctioned is expected to be white with a blue body and boast a vinyl Survivor Fund logo. Truck details include rail lights, approach tip rollers, greased fittings, camlock and 48-inch toolboxes with storage trays and marker lights.

    The Jerr-Dan truck is scheduled to be auctioned Friday, September 14, during the annual Museum Weekend fundraising event with proceeds benefiting the museum’s Survivor Fund which provides financial support to families of loved ones who have died in towing accidents, particularly roadside service to the public.

    “Jerr-Dan believes there are few professions that can match the heart and soul of a tow owner/operator. Day after day, night after night, these real-life road warriors rise to meet a world of challenges — the elements, passionate ‘customers,’ aggressive competitors and the many documented dangers of driving — without hesitation or complaint, and without fail,” stated the company, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of tow trucks and equipment.

    Museum Weekend is an annual event that takes place during the Tennessee Tow Show, hosted by Tow Times magazine and the Tennessee Tow Truck Association. The show will be held September 13-15 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  (more…)

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    Ro Tator

    Ro Tator, a 5-year-old Border Collie mix, is the mascot and official office greeter at Buddy’s Wrecker Service in Union City, Tenn. He belongs to company president Steve Sedberry and rides along with him on towing calls.

    Sedberry has always had a dog around the office or in his truck (“Winch,” Ro Tator’s predecessor, was also featured as a Tow Dog) so customers have gotten used to always seeing a canine “employee” at Buddy’s Wrecker Service. So much so that “Tator” appears on all the company’s advertisements, business cards, Christmas cards, T-shirts and other promotional materials.

    Buddy’s Wrecker Service has been in business since 1963 and offers light- to heavy-duty towing, recovery, auto and truck repair and heavy equipment hauling.

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Zip’s Work Hard Spring Event Giveaway Winners 

Grand prize winner Lonnie Teeter and family.

Zip’s Truck Equipment has drawn the winners of their Work Hard Spring Event giveaway. Lonnie Teeter from Morrill Collision Repair in Kansas won the grand prize: A trip for two to Washington, D.C., London, Hawaii or an Alaskan Cruise.

“The Work Hard giveaway was created by Zip’s to acknowledge the hard-work towing operators put in 24/7 for their business and customers,” states a Zip’s press release. “Throughout the giveaway, Zip’s recognized some of its own hard-working employees, learning how long they have been with the company and getting a glimpse into their personal lives.”

Zip’s invited the towing industry to visit their website and enter to win the trip for two as well as three shopping sprees. The shopping sprees winners were Ryan Fleming from Mike’s Towing in Nebraska ($1,500 shopping spree), Mark Quinn from Quinn Motor Car Inc. in New York ($1,000) and Xavier Dejesus from Dejesus Towing in Ohio ($500).

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    The Tow Times June issue addresses the top workplace injuries faced by towing operators and tips on prevention, information on creating a company safety program, and statistics provided by the Survivor Fund/Wall of the Fallen Committee offer insight on the “Numbers Behind the Wall of the Fallen.” This issue also offers an overview of air brake systems, and industry sources share views on towing operators using warning lights when driving with vehicles in tow. For recovery fans, dual sliding rotators upright and recover a vacuum truck from a steep embankment.

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