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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 15 - August 21, 2018

Towman Seriously Injured [b]in Crash

A towman was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after being struck by an oncoming car as he assisted a disabled motorist on State Route 125 in Spring Valley, California. At around 3:20 a.m., the victim was standing next to his tow truck on the shoulder of southbound SR-125 when a Chrysler sedan struck him, California Highway Patrol officials said. The victim was pinned against his truck and thrown onto the roadway. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, particularly to his legs. No other injuries were reported. Source:
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Miller Industries Profits Jump 40 Percent

Miller Industries achieved record profits in its second quarter by boosting spring sales 15.5 percent over a year ago to $176.5 million. The company said that its second quarter net income was up 40.1 percent over a year ago to $7.6 million, or 67 cents per share, compared with $5.4 million, or 48 cents per share, a year earlier. "Economic growth in our markets remains strong and our capital investments propel us forward as we strive to meet customer demand and create sustainable shareholder value," co-CEO Jeff Badgley said. "Performance in the second quarter continued to be very strong ... driven by an increase in production volumes, as we utilized the completion of our expansion projects to meet customer demand." Source:

Coroner Releases Name of Towman Killed

Authorities Wednesday released the name of a tower who was struck and killed by a big rig on I-10 in Cabazon, California. Jon Israel, 50, died at the scene of the Tuesday crash. He had parked his flatbed on the north shoulder of the freeway and exited the truck, according to CHP Officer Darren Meyer. While re-entering his truck, Israel and the open tow truck door were struck by a semi. The cause of the crash remained under investigation. Source:
Miller Industries Profits Jump 40 Percent
Company achieve record second quarter results
Towman Seriously Injured in Crash
California towman rushed to hospital with injuries to both legs
Coroner Releases Name of Towman Killed
Jon Israel, 50, died at the scene of I-10 crash in California

All Roads Lead to Tow Expo-Dallas!

The towing and recovery industry will be making its way south this week as Tow Expo-Dallas opens its doors Thursday at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Tow Expo will feature major manufacturers of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis and all the related equipment and services towers need to ply their trade. 

Company owners will have the opportunity to meet with many of the major motor club representatives as well as dispatch systems providers, GPS companies and equipment finance sources. They will also be able to see the latest in safety apparel and equipment. 

Five towing and recovery conferences will feature top Industry leaders from across the country related to municipal towing and tow operations. Leaders from both state associations in the Lone Star state will be in attendance, and the Expo will feature mini-clinics on the trade show floor.

The Games & Grub on Friday will feature casino games and a delicious meal. Attendees can also have a cigar and casual conversation amongst towing professionals during the Big Smoke.

Tow Expo-Dallas will run through Saturday. For more information, go to

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• August 15 - August 21, 2018

From Problem to Opportunity

Towmen on the road today are facing a problem in a still-developing crisis. With the rising tragedies of the opioid epidemic, exposure to hypodermic needles and skin-contact drugs, such as fentanyl, are becoming too commonplace.

However, some tow companies are turning that problem into an opportunity, as tow companies have begun to charge extra when they find themselves at risk.

It makes sense.

When a towman goes out on the road to do a job, his life is at risk from roadside and highway traffic alone. Drivers distracted by the technology in today's cars as well as cellphone usage has placed the towman's life in enough peril.

With the increased occurrence of drug exposure, a towman's health and well-being may be further compromised. In addition, who knows what this epidemic will eventually do to tow company insurance rates? Better to be charging now than later, when rate hikes you haven't planned on put you behind the eight ball.

--Charles Duke
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Vulcan V-70

vulcan.v70 e622dFor the right mix of power, performance and value, Miller Industries said that its Vulcan's V-70 is the intelligent choice for heavy-duty integrated towing and recovery equipment. Vital components are fabricated from high yield steel to minimize weight to allow for more legal payload while maximizing strength and durability. Now available with an optional third winch, the company said the V-70 now has even greater recovery capabilities. See what other products Miller Industries has to offer at Tow Expo-Dallas, taking place at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center, August 16-18, in Grapevine, Texas.
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