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Missouri Tow Operator Struck and Killed Feb. 7

Tow operator Timothy J. Williams, 55, was struck and killed at approximately 9 p.m., Friday, February 7, on U.S. Highway 65 near Springfield, Mo. An employee with Affordable Towing of Springfield, Williams was standing beside a vehicle on the roadside when a vehicle driven by Christopher Rice, 27, traveled off the road and hit Williams,…

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In Hot Water

Many of us in the towing and recovery industry have at one time or another found ourselves in difficult situations where we feel in danger, or we’re being criticized for something we said or did. I think of these times as “being in hot water.” I wasn’t feeling well this past weekend and decided to…

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And the Beat Goes On

February is American Heart Month, and “National Wear Red Day” to show support is Friday, February 7.  Nearly one in three Americans die of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association would like to change that, stating: “Let’s make a big impact! February is about more than just wearing red; it’s an opportunity to spread awareness, support…

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“Bug Splat” is Part of Custom Wrap

Bug splat on the side mirrors is just one of the details of the unique wrap covering the Tow Times 2019 Shine ‘n Star Grand Prize Winner. The 2017 Kenworth with a Century 5130 belongs to Johnson’s Heavy Towing of Flagstaff, Ariz. The truck’s name is “Rust Bucket” and the wrap’s design is a cross…

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Talbert Offers Modular 65-Ton Trailer

Talbert Manufacturing offers the 65SA Modular Trailer. The trailer’s design features a flip extension to accommodate a tandem- or tri-axle jeep dolly, allowing for maximum load configurations. It can also pair with Talbert’s E2 or E3Nitro axle extension, which dampens axle movement and controls load transfer. The modular trailer maintains a 65-ton rating at half…

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Peterbilt Honored as Top Workplace for Women by Women In Trucking

Peterbilt Motors Company has been recognized by Women In Trucking as a top workplace for women in the transportation industry. “Peterbilt is committed to championing the development of women leaders and cultivating a diverse workforce. We are honored to receive recognition from Women In Trucking for our efforts,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and…

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TRAA: Addressing Line of Service Deaths

This information is from a Jan. 14, 2020, Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) press release: At two weeks into 2020, the official count of line of service deaths for U.S. towing operators was already at four, with some unofficial counts being higher. Losing a tow operator impacts not only their families but the…

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Move Over Advocate Speaks at AAA Event

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Move Over law advocate Linda Unruh spoke about the importance of first responder safety at the AAA headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Unruh’s son Bobby, 37, died in February 2017 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer traveling 82 miles per hour. Bobby was on the scene to assist another tow operator…

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DewEze Releases Hydraulic Solutions for 2020 Work Trucks 

DewEze Hydraulics has announced general clutch pump kit availability for the newly released 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and Ford Super Duty and medium-duty work trucks. Each DewEze kit mounts on the Chevy 6.6L or Ford 7.3L engine offering live hydraulics while in motion. This combination provides auxiliary power needs for commercial vehicles such as tow trucks,…

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Jerr-Dan Launches Jerr-Dan University

Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK) and a single brand leader in the towing and recovery business, has introduced Jerr-Dan University, an industry-first product training program. Participants can view live demos of various course offerings, register for online training and create a training dashboard to get started. Courses are presented using visual, interactive and text-driven…

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