American Towman Expo a Success

For the 26th consecutive year, the American Towman Exposition was a huge success in the eyes of towers and exhibitors, as some 12,000 attendees came to Baltimore, Md., this past weekend.

Nearly 200 exhibitors showed their wares to attendees over the three-day event. The show featured the very competitive American Wrecker Pageant with about 70 vehicles on display; and heroes were once again honored for "The Simple Act of Bravery" during Festival Night's Towman Medal ceremony.

Twenty-two new towers were inducted into the Towman Order, cited for their professionalism by their local police and fire chiefs.

"The American Towman Exposition remains a well-rounded celebration of the towing industry," said Tow Industry Week Editor Charles Duke, "and I was totally blown away over how much the show has grown over the years. Many towers continually approached me all weekend, expressing how much they appreciated the recognition their hard work receives through the Expo."

Gadsden Towers [b]on Strike

Tow truck drivers in Gadsden, Ala., recently went on strike in a dispute over how the city deals with outside towing providers. The local companies say the city is being unfair by bending the rules for out-of-town wreckers at the expense of the local drivers.

On three occasions they say the city has allowed outside towing companies—who are unlicensed in Gadsden—to work jobs they would normally get.

Jimmi Kelton of Kelton Wrecker said the straw that broke the camel's back was a Friday wreck on an interstate off ramp where a semi-truck carrying lumber wrecked and a company from a nearby city got the job.

Gadsden towing companies have a rotation that allows each a chance to earn money when the city needs a wrecker.

"See, our trucks have to go through inspection and we have to abide by the city ordinance," said Kelton. "The city is not following the rules."

Harvey Martin, Action Towing said that in allowing an out-of-town company to do the job it took about "$10,000-$20,000" out of one of the Gadsden towing companies' pocket.

The striking tow truck drivers say that it could mean longer wait times for drivers in the area when wrecks block traffic.

The drivers who are on strike in Gadsden say they will still respond to calls from customers and will continue their normal operations in the surrounding areas and with other government entities.

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Highway Thru Hell

Tow Spotlight 6e829In case you missed it, Jamie Davis of cable TV's "Highway Thru Hell" was in the Miller Industries booth signing autographs and talking with fans all weekend at the 26th American Towman Expo in Baltimore. AT Editor Brendan Dooley had a chance to sit down and talk with him about his business, the show and his longtime appreciation for Miller Industries, and the Holmes and Century brands in particular. Watch for more on Davis in a coming issue of American Towman, and don't miss our next show in Las Vegas, May 14-16, 2015.
By Don Lomax
What I'd like to see more of in tow show seminar programs is
1) how to operate and use the latest towing equipment
2) how to streamline the operation of my company
3) management techniques and strategies
4) how to identify more revenue opportunities
Editor: Charles Duke
Managing Editor: Brendan Dooley
ATTV Editor & Anchor: Emily Oz
Advertising Sales: William Burwell
Content Management: Henri Calitri
Site Progr., Graphics & Video: Ryan Oser
ATTV Technical Production: OMG National
Road & Track Editor: Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
Operations Editor: Randall C. Resch
Rates & Trade Editor: Don Archer
Tow Illustrated Editor: George L. Nitti

It Was Like Déjà vu…

It was nice being back.

After 17 years, I returned to the American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md., this past weekend, and was awed by how much the industry had grown. It was great seeing some old familiar faces that I hadn't seen in a long, long time; and it was great meeting many of the new players, as well.

The industry has a lot to be proud of. The equipment being offered by suppliers is much more sophisticated, and the technological advancements were amazing. Walking the floor, the booth presentations were visually well-appointed; and the entrants in the wrecker pageant were nothing short of phenomenal.

They say "You can't go home again,"—but, once again, it was November and I was at the AT Expo. It felt great.

--Charles Duke
See 2 Century 1150S Rotators in Action
We take you inside the Heavy-Duty Recovery Demo which took place in Las Vegas during the American Towman ShowPlace. Legendary Training Professional John Hawkins, of Miller Industries, takes us through the exercise - watch and learn. This video is brought to you by Miller Industries, The World's Largest Manufacturer of Towing and Recovery Equipment producing many the industries leading brands including, Century, Vulcan, Holmes, Challenger, Champion, Eagle, Jige and Boniface. For more information, visit
A.T. Welcome/Dinner Cruise
Celebration is a big part of AT Expo. It starts Thursday night with AT's Welcome Cruise featuring an appearance by Mike Corbin singing the Towman Ballads. Enjoy dinner and then roam on the Spirit of Baltimore as it cruises the Inner Harbor. A great way to kick off the American Towman Experience at AT Expo XXVI.
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Getting in the spirit of the Monster Tow Show, Miller Industries shows off its specially-painted Vulcan V-30 highlighting this year's theme of the upcoming American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Md., November 21-23.
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