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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingOctober 18 - October 24, 2017

New Incident Reporting System

The Statewide Towing Association-Massachusetts announced the implementation of its Towing Traffic Incident Reporting System, a national online voluntary reporting system for the tow industry. It allows the reporting of towers hit on the road and near-miss events involving tow operator safety. The goal is to collect and quantify data and make it available to member associations to support enforcement of the Move Over law and to help develop training for safer roadside work. TTIRS is free for tow companies, operators and government agencies. Source: statewidetowing.org.
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Anthony Gansle

UTA Adds Gansle

Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt's director of marketing and sales administration, recently was elected to the Used Truck Association's board of directors. Peterbilt is an active participant in the used truck industry and with the UTA. "Being a member of the UTA is an important part of the overall business of Peterbilt. It gives us an opportunity to educate the used truck community on vehicles and new technologies that will be coming to the used market. It also allows us to receive feedback on specifications and concerns specific to the used truck market," said Gansle. Peterbilt established its Used Truck Dealer Council in early 2015, launched the Red Oval Certified Pre-Owned Truck program later in 2015, and announced the PACCAR Engine Pre-Owned Warranty in 2016. Source: peterbilt.com.

U.S. Auto Sales Rising

The American International Automobile Dealers Association recently released September sales figures indicating brands sold by America's 9,600 international nameplate franchises accounted for more than half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. in September. AutoData Corp. reports that the seasonally adjusted annual rate for September soared to 18.57 million units—the highest since July 2015—vs. 17.72 million units a year ago and just 16.14 million units last month. Unadjusted, sales of all brands were up 6.1 percent from last September. Source: aiada.org.
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UTA Adds Gansle
Peterbilt’s executive elected to association’s board of directors
New Incident Reporting System
Goal is to collect data to support enforcement of Move Over law
U.S. Auto Sales Rising
Figures reach highest totals since July, 2015

AT Expo: Where Captains Convene

The Spirit Ride will be the focus of this year's Captains of Industry conference, set for Nov. 16 at the Waterview Ballroom at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Discussed will be the important role the Spirit Ride has played in promoting awareness of the Move Over laws, and what can be done to enhance and expand the coverage. 

The jacket-and-tie event, sponsored by American Towman Magazine, will include a surf 'n turf dinner and the legendary Captains Long Table.

The industry is invited to break bread with other leaders of the industry on the eve of the 29th annual American Towman Exposition. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 10. Those interested in attending may register at atexposition.com.

Source: AT Staff.
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Amazing Grace

I'm man enough to admit it: I sometimes "lose it" whenever I hear the hymn, "Amazing Grace." I've heard it too many times at the funerals of loved ones that have departed this Earth.

Yesterday, while I was at the Spirit Ride ceremony at Nick's Towing Service in Rutherford, New Jersey, a bagpipe played the hymn as the Spirit casket was being loaded onto the flatbed. It gave me pause, as I reflected on the many towmen and industry personalities that have passed away since I've been back.

It made me reflect on how Nick Testa and the employees of Nick's must have felt in recalling the death of their colleague Mark Angelo, who lost his life roadside seven years ago this month.

It all brings home what's truly important in this world. After you read these words, make a vow to yourself to hug a loved one before the day is over.

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