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    Zip’s Acquires AW Direct
    Zip’s, a provider of tow trucks and replacement parts, has acquired towing accessories provider AW Direct. The acquisition creates a single-source supplier for the towing and recovery industry.
    “AW Direct will continue to serve its broad spectrum of customers who operate a variety of tow truck brands. All AW Direct inventory, which comprises more than 10,000 unique items, has already been transferred to the Zip’s warehouse in Iowa,” states a Zip’s press release.
    “With our two companies coming together, towing professionals now have one simple shopping experience for virtually everything they need to safely and efficiently operate a tow truck,” says Paul Rottinghaus, Zip’s president. “We’ve been working hard over the past several months to ensure that this transition is as seamless as possible for our customers. Our new motto is ‘stronger together’ because that’s exactly what we are — and our customers are going to benefit from that.”


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    On Call for 70 Years

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of our company, Lakeview Garage Inc. The business was started in 1948 by my grandfather, Nicholas Perone Sr. and is now helmed by his sons Nick Jr and Dave Sr.

    We are a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated towing and full service repair facility covering everything from small cars to large trucks. We’ve been affiliated with AAA since the beginning and today service two AAA clubs as well as a host of commercial, private and government accounts.

    We also offer towing services to a multitude of law enforcement accounts ranging from our local department to the New Jersey State Police.

    It’s been a long road to 70 years, but we have no plans of slowing down.

    Dave Perone Jr.

    Lakeview Garage Inc.

    Hammonton, N.J.


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    Benji and Mack

    These are our tow dogs Benji (left) and Mack. Both Pit Bulls, Benji is one and a half years old and Mack is a four and a half. They enjoy going on rides in the tow truck and Benji greets customers in the office.

    We’ve been in business since 1965 and serve the Granville County, N.C. area and tow locally, providing light-, medium- and heavy-duty towing, unlocks and jump-starts.

    John and Tuesday Oliver

    Oliver’s Towing

    Oxford, N.C.

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Industry News

WTRAA Scholarship Committee Announces 2018 WTRAA Scholarship Recipients

The WTRAA Scholarship Committee, an integral part of the Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America, awards scholarships to students who are children of towing company operators or owners. Applicants are evaluated for grade point average, community service, scholastic achievement and personal statements.

WTRAA congratulates the 2018 recipients:

John (JR) Nelson $1,500 Ann Malcolm Award

John is currently attending Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.  His career goal is to enter the medical field.  John is passionate about basketball and has a very contagious personality.

Julia Tantare $1000 John Hawkins II Award

Julia Tantare is going to attend Seattle University, Seattle, Wash. She plans to pursue an education in political science. Julia is a very giving person and loves to help out in her community.

Alexis Aspesi $1000

Alexis Aspesi is going to attend the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass. She plans to pursue a nursing degree. Alexis is very strong in her personal values as indicted by her many accomplishments.

Cassidy Kabus $1000

Cassidy Kabus will be going to Winona State University in Winona, Minn. She plans to pursue a degree in mass communications — advertising. Cassidy sets her standards high by being a role model and a leader to her peers.

For individuals interested in applying in 2019, look for the WTRAA Scholarship application in the spring edition of the TRAA Towing & Recovery News publication.

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