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The Industrial Revolution

May 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I think I’m feeling what people felt during the Industrial Revolution – a little lost, scared and excited all at once.

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. It included going from hand-production methods to machines. Some say this marked a major turning point in history as almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way. Some economists say the major impact of the Industrial Revolution was that the standard of living for most people began to increase consistently for the first time in history.

I believe this was proven last year when the towing and recovery industry celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the first commercially-manufactured tow truck. What a journey it has been for our industry, not only in equipment, but the formation of state and national towing and recovery associations, and thankfully the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum houses that history — a place where you can actually see the impact of modernization in the equipment used then and today — from the Weaver Crane to today’s heavy-duty rotator.

I’m not sure if today’s new inventions really increase the standard of living for most people. Let’s face it, cell phones kind of rule our daily lives, and how many of you feel lost without it? We’re constantly checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, messages, apps and so on. While it is a great way to stay connected and updated, to me it seems to also rob us of a lot of valuable time – the direct opposite of what it was intended to do: Make our lives easier and more productive.

Whether living in the Industrial Revolution era or the technology era, I think we need to never stop learning and inventing. The best inventions were made when someone saw a need for improvement, as illustrated with tow trucks, safety equipment, procedures and apparel. My suggestion is to put on your thinking cap.