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2017 will bring another round of AT Expo trade shows for the towing industry to meet, learn and do business against a backdrop of awe and excitement. It all kicks off with Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas, Nev., May 10-12 at the South Point Hotel & Casino. This year will be extra special as the The California Tow Truck Association joins forces with American Towman Magazine by bringing its annual convention to the show. Look for upcoming announcements about CTTA's leadership meetings, conferences and formal membership banquet. Tow Industry Week will also offer conferences, AT's legendary hospitality, special events and the American Towman ShowPlace, featuring the industry's top suppliers. This year all activities and the show will be inside one of Las Vegas' most unique exposition facilities: South Point Hotel & Casino which boasts of its own exhibit pavilion and arena. Stay tuned to atshowplace.com for more on this show in the coming weeks.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 07 - December 13, 2016

Council OKs Higher Rates

The Superior (Wis.) City Council approved a change on Dec. 6 in its ordinances that allows towing operators to charge up to $25 per day for vehicles left on their lot following a tow. The change affects any vehicle towed. The city's Public Works Committee had originally considered the higher fee only for vehicles involved in accidents, but later reconsidered to include all vehicles towed by private companies. The last time the fee was increased was 1998, when it was set at $10 per day for storage. Source: superiortelegram.com.
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Another Towman Injured on Thruway

A towman and three other people were injured after a crash near the Victor, N.Y., exit on the New York State Thruway on Wednesday. State Police say the driver of a 2002 Dodge Stratus hit the rear of a 2016 Ford Fusion. The force of the collision caused the Ford to hit the tow truck operator. Towman Troy Kellog, 44, from Benson's Service, was taken to hospital. State Police say he has a head injury and broken ribs. He is listed in guarded condition. The three other people involved in the crash were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge was ticketed for failing to "Move Over" for emergency vehicles and obeying the special hazards speed limit. Source: whec.com.

Fire at Nebraska Tow Firm

Fire crews are still out trying to piece together what caused Wednesday night's fire at a towing facility in South Sioux City, Neb. "Just before 5 p.m. this evening, we got a report of an active fire at Siouxland Towing," said Fire Chief Clint Merithew. One Dakota City and three South Sioux City crews arrived on scene to put out the fire. Siouxland Towing's owner told a local television station he has no idea how the fire happened. No one was hurt. Source: siouxlandmatters.com.
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Another Towman Injured on Thruway
Troy Kellog of Benson’s Towing in Rochester, N.Y. suffered serious injuries
Council OKs Higher Rates
Superior, Wis., towmen get first rate hike since 1998
Fire at Nebraska Tow Firm
Owner doesn’t know how it happened
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Towmen Rain Praise on AT Expo

Not since the very first American Towman Exposition in 1989, when the show's success caught the industry by surprise, have so many attendees expressed their appreciation for the moment. In short, the Greatest Show of All Time lived up to its billing for thousands of tow business owners and the 250 exhibitors inside the Baltimore Convention Center this past weekend.

The highlights of the event are too many to list here, but here are a few standouts: the "100 Years" song performed at the Centennial Celebration saluting 100 years of towng; the sheer immensity of the show that took up the entire convention center for the first time in the show's 28 year run, from the exhibit hall, through the new Garage District to the American Wrecker Pageant that wowed the crowd; one military wrecker and one homemade light duty rotator representative of a most unique Pageant.

Towers came from all 50 states and some 21 nations. One American Towman Medal winner travelled from Australia to receive towing's most prestigious honor. Total attendance surpassed last year's all-time high by150 people, over 14,000 in all over the three day showing of exhibits.
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Emily Oz Reports • December 07 - December 13, 2016

Sign 'Em Up!

Right now, the baseball winter meetings are happening in Maryland. There is a lot of wheeling and dealing, and rumors flying about proposed trades, free-agent signings and team needs.

My New York Mets already did what they needed to do by re-signing slugger Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year pact. General Manager Sandy Alderson did the things he had to do to keep their most dangerous hitter.

It got me to thinking about tow companies; specifically, what do they do to retain their "most valuable player"? To what lengths does a company owner go to retain that employee who does a great job, is respected by the people in the office and can always be counted on in the clutch?

Driver retention is a consistent challenge, and holding onto valuable drivers and employees is critical. As this year winds down, think of the ways you, the tow owner, can get even better in this regard in 2017. Put your company in a position that it can always be "in contention."

Having a good team will invariably get you first place.
--Charles Duke
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