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    Miller Industries Donates WeTow Proceeds to Susan G. Komen Foundation

    (From left) Front: Gwen Varnell, Anita Stewart and Madeline Burgess. Back: Sheila Martin, Kipp Felice, Todd Harless and Joseph Keene.

    At the close of the 2017 WeTow campaign hosted by Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc., the company has donated proceeds of over $10,000 to the Central, Tennessee Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation.

    “The WeTow campaign aimed to raise awareness of the towing community’s support for the many charities across our nation, as well as the good deeds towers provide within the comminutes they serve,” states a Miller Industries press release. “Through the sale of custom tow hook bracelets, Miller Industries chose to promote the awareness of six national organizations: Susan G. Koman, DAV- Disabled American Veterans, Miracle League, Shriners Children’s Hospital, International Towing Recovery Museum & Hall of Fame and Wall of the Fallen Survivor Fund.

    “The tow hook bracelets are available for purchase at all participating Miller Industries distributors, and the money raised from the sale of the bracelets made it possible for this donation.”

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    Custom DTU

    On the road for LW’s Towing in Frisco, Texas, is this 2012 W900L Kenworth with a Holmes DTU detachable towing unit. The truck has an Eaton fuller RTLO 2018B transmission and a HERD Texas Edition bumper.

    Custom items include chrome toolboxes with LED lighting, LEDs throughout the truck, and light bar. The custom paint scheme includes the trademark checkerboard graphics on LW’s Towing trucks. This unit has a matching attachable 53-foot custom Landoll trailer with a matching paint scheme.

    LW’s Towing has been in business for over 33 years, offering light- to heavy-duty towing and recovery, transport, roadside assistance and more. The company’s 2007 Kenworth T-300/Vulcan 894 won the medium-duty category of the 2011 Shine ‘n Star contest and was featured on the April 2012 Tow Times cover.

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    Meet, Riley, a one-year-old Doberman, and our newest employee here at Johnson Specialized Transportation Inc. in Burlington, N.J. Riley loves to greet our customers, run around our shop and go on tow calls with her “dad,” Russell Johnson Jr.

    Erica Johnson

    Johnson Specialized Transportation Inc.

    Johnson’s Truck Service

    Burlington, N.J.

    Editor’s Note: Johnson Specialized Transportation Inc. has been in business since 2001 and offers light-to heavy-duty towing and recovery, transport and specialized transport of oversized equipment and vehicles and full-service truck repair.

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TowMate Granted Five-year Extension on FMCSA Exemption

TowMate has announced that it has been granted another five-year exemption extension on the Federal Motor Carriage Safety Association’s (FMCSA) regulations on tow lights.

“Under the current laws, all lamps must be wired and draw their power from the towing or hauling vehicle,” states a TowMate press release. “The FMCSA grants exemptions after careful analyzation of safety data, and public comment. They have determined that TowMate’s wireless products pose no discernable degradation to road safety and are allowed. All TowMate products will come with a complimentary print out citing exempt status from the regulations, for the drivers using said products. If ever asked for proof, this print out explains it all.”

“This outdated regulation affects the towing and accessories industries heavily It limits the range of products that can be offered,” the release continues, “as well as the way in which those products can function. The law has not changed since 2005 when provisions for battery powered lights were included. Previously TowMate was granted a two-year extension, in 2016. This year it is a five-year extension, with the understanding that the law will be changed at the end of that timespan in 2023.”

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