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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 04 - May 10, 2016
Bid Process Cancelled
Tow companies in Anderson County, Ky., cried foul recently when the fiscal court solicited bids for a contract that would end the rotation system. The companies claimed the equipment requirements allowed only one company, Carey's Towing, to bid. "The equipment list is exactly what Eddie Carey has got," said Doug Smith, owner of Smith's Towing in Florence. Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton insisted that nothing was done to benefit Carey, who happened to be a contributor to Gritton's campaign when he ran for office. Gritton ordered the bid process canceled. Source: theandersonnews.com.
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Judge Tosses Towmen's Complaint

A Chicago, Ill., federal judge has ruled against a group of towmen attempting to collect overtime pay they claimed they were owed under federal law from a
Chicago tow operator. Judge John J. Tharp Jr. issued an opinion on a putative class-action complaint three towers filed against Chicago 24 Hour Towing and owner Oren Chen. The drivers argued they should have been afforded protections under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge said the plaintiffs sued under the wrong law; since they were regularly dispatched to jobs across state lines, he said the federal Motor Carrier Act governed their employment, not the FLSA. Source: cookcountyrecord.com.
International Adds Protection
International Truck announced it now offers IMMI's RollTek seat as an option on its ProStar Class 8 on-highway trucks. The RollTek safety system combines advanced seat-belt technology and side airbag protection to significantly reduce the potential for death or serious injury in a rollover. A sensor located behind the seat monitors the angular position of the vehicle and activates when it detects an imminent rollover. When activated, RollTek deploys side-roll airbags, tightens the safety belt and lowers the seat to help reduce injury risk. Source: navistar.com.
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Judge Tosses Towmen's Complaint
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Towmen said that process favored only one company
International Adds Protection
RollTek seat now an option on ProStar Class 8 trucks

Show Time in [b]Las Vegas!

The American Towman ShowPlace taking place in Las Vegas, Nev., next week will be one of the tow industry's largest events. Five conferences, three manufacturer demonstrations, more than 130 exhibitors and the WreckMaster Convention headline this year's festivities being held at the SouthPoint Hotel & Casino, May 11-13. Friday night's "Centennial Celebration" celebrates 100 years of towing with the RibsFest, top-notch entertainment by The Moonrays, plus a commemorative gift alongside the mighty Towman Monument. The American Towman Cup will be awarded to the wrecker pageant winners. ATTV will cover the action on the concourse of the SouthPoint Arena.

"The show will be filled with exciting events from start to finish this year. We welcome Eppler Truck Sales and NRC Industries as they join Worldwide Equipment, Jerr-Dan and Miller Industries to produce live recovery demonstrations in the SouthPoint Arena to showcase the latest wrecker technology," said Doc Calitri, AT Expo president.

"This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the invention of the tow truck by Ernest Holmes and the Centennial Celebration festivities on Friday, May 13, honors that milestone. Pre-registration is running about 10 percent ahead of last year, so exhibitors can look forward to a show floor full of sales activity," he said.

Online registration for attendees will be open until Thursday, May 5, at atshowplace.com.
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The "New and Improved!" You

With another show season upon us, it's important to take stock of how your business could expand by the end of the year. The American Towman ShowPlace in Las Vegas, Nev., May 11-13 will feature many exhibitors, conferences and demonstrations that can help accomplish those goals.

Education is an ongoing thing, and providing yourself with as much information as you can is key to staying ahead of the game. Our industry is blessed with excellent trainers, instructors and experienced tow professionals that can help you do just that.

With that, I hope our paths cross in Las Vegas next week. There's going to be a lot of time for fun and games, but it's also going to be many hours set aside for the towing professional to expand horizons. Join us—something there will make you "New and Improved!"
--Charles Duke
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WreckMaster President Justin Cruse said that the WreckMaster Convention will bring together towers from all over North America to provide a unique and beneficial opportunity to broaden knowledge.
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