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Individual clubs will present specifics on how to get paid during the Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs Conference at Tow Expo. Each session will feature presentations as to what is required, time frames, proper invoicing procedures and other pertinent information regarding expediting payment to your company. Motor clubs making presentations include FleetNet, NSD, GEICO, Pinnacle Motor Club, Road America and USAC/MD. The Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs Conference will take place during Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas Aug. 4-6.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 20 - July 26, 2016
Abandoned Car Had Drugs
A car towed in June from a gas station in La Crosse, Wis., was searched Friday and drugs were located in the trunk. A 2002 Oldsmobile was in the custody of Don's Towing and Repair since June 24, and the registered owner never came to pick it up. The vehicle then became the rightful property of the towing service. As they were searching, they found drug paraphernalia, marijuana and possibly meth. La Crosse police are trying to contact the owner.
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Tower Spends His Money to Help
AAA of Northwest Ohio got a call to tow a car from the Bass Pro parking lot in Rossford. The people in the car were stranded with no extra money. The tower was concerned about their safety, so he called Fleet Supervisor AJ Nye and told him that they were going to sleep in their car. "The heat index was over 100 degrees that day, so I got them a hotel room," Nye said. "I hope people see there is still good in this world. It really doesn't take a lot to do something big and hopefully someone sees this and takes it and runs with it."
Driver Sought Who Hit Towman
Pennsylvania State Police are searching for the driver of a car that hit a tow truck operator early Sunday morning in Monroe County. Police said the tower, Kenneth Madara, was standing beside his truck on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 in Tunkhannock Township at 2:21 a.m. when a car left its lane and hit him. The driver of the car did not stop. Madara was taken by helicopter to a hospital. The suspect car was a white sedan; anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 570-839-7701.
Tower Spends His Money to Help
AAA supervisor pays for a hotel for stranded motorists
Abandoned Car Had Drugs
A car in a salvage lot found to have drugs in trunk
Driver Sought Who Hit Towman
Pa. troopers are looking for hit-and-run driver

Records to be Set [b]at Expo

When tow bosses storm the open doors of Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth in a couple of weeks, they will be met by industry suppliers anxiously waiting for them; the suppliers include manufacturers of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis, and all the related equipment and services that towmen need to serve their customers.

The show floor and other events taking place during the show the first weekend in August promises to be packed with business activity and excitement.

A.T. Expo President Doc Calitri feels that Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth will set records.

"Tow Expo Dallas will open to a record number of exhibiting suppliers August 4-6 at the Arlington Convention Center," said Calitri. "An expected 130 exhibitors will be displaying their products and services to tow bosses in an event-packed weekend that will honor towing's 100th anniversary of the tow truck, a wrecker pageant that will also feature a custom car show, and a music-filled food truck festival to round out the final day of the show."

The weekend will feature a live product demonstration by Miller Industries on the last day of the show, Aug. 6.

Seven conferences will highlight Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth, including a two-day Repo Conference Aug. 5-6 and a Women's Conference, also on Aug. 6.

"All in all, this will be the largest and most-attended Tow Expo in the history of the event," Calitri said.

Online registration for Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth is available at

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Middle of the week (Tues., Wed., Thurs.)
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Tow Vehicle Crashes

Towmen, I need your help.

When gathering news stories week after week, many of the stories are of motorists that crash into tow trucks. It happens with alarming regularity.

When there is a photo image of the crash available, for the most part it appears there's nothing wrong with the tower's positioning.

I ask you: What do you feel is the cause for this? Could the lighting be a distraction? Or is it just a case of distracted and disengaged motorists?

Send your thoughts directly to me at: I'd like to see if there is something we can do help lessen these occurrences.
--Charles Duke
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July 20 - July 26, 2016
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