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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 12 - December 18, 2018

City Council Approves [b]Rate Increase

The LaGrange (Georgia) City Council approved an ordinance last week on updated towing costs for city-directed towing services. The changes show an increase in the charge for towing vehicles at the city's request from $100 to $150. The agreement also showed an increase to $20 a day for standard vehicle storage and from $20 to $40 for heavy vehicle storage when stored at the city's request. Rates will apply exclusively to tows under direction of the city, which the council has authority to set costs. Source:
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Towing for Toys Continues to Grow

Towing for Toys has grown into a small enterprise. This year's campaign, which is run by Monty McCuiston of Max's 641 Towing & Service in Murray, Kentucky, is setting records with a about $28,000 raised as of Dec. 10. This year's goal set at $30,000. All toys collected go to the Calloway County Schools Laker Christmas and Murray Independent School District's Tiger Christmas programs that are in place to ensure all children have something under their trees on Christmas morning. This year's drive is expected to benefit between 1,000 and 1,400 students locally; those programs are facilitated through the family resource centers of each district. Source:

Bolus Closing Business, [b]Held Auction

Bob Bolus is closing his truck parts and towing company in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. After running his truck parts and towing business in the area for more than 50 years, Bolus says he's liquidating because he's grown tired of the political and business climate in Lackawanna County. He held an auction Friday to sell. "It's time to move on. It's not an area I want to invest in anymore," Bolus said. He held an auction Friday to sell off about 1,000 items, including tractors, wreckers and truck parts. Source:
Towing for Toys Continues to Grow
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LaGrange, Georgia, raises rates for city-requested tows, storage
Bolus Closing Business, Held Auction
Bob Bolus said he’s tired of county’s political and business climate

B&B’s Bill Bottoms Dies

Tow industry icon William "Bill" Bottoms, 77, passed away at his home Dec. 7. He suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week.

Bottoms owned B&B Industries in Elkhart, Indiana, and was the former owner of Challenger Manufacturing. In 1987, he was inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame.

A statement on the company's Facebook page said:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I write these words tonight. Unfortunately, B&B Industries has lost its beloved founder and owner Bill Bottoms. Bill has passed away suddenly after suffering a massive stroke Sunday night. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. He was a true legend in the towing industry, a creative innovator, and a great leader. The entire Bottoms family thanks all of you for your prayers and support."

Bottoms' funeral is today (December 10), 2 p.m. at McGann Hay Granger Chapel in Granger, Indiana. The family asked for those wishing to make memorial donations to consider St. Joseph County Humane Society in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Ignorance Across the Airwaves

It's been a very long time since I've listened to morning radio—and I've never been a fan of the so-called "shock jocks." Oftentimes, in an effort to be controversial, some morning jocks will make statements that are offensive and ill-informed, and they help play a negative role in the nation's discourse.

A morning radio personality in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in a local newspaper bashing the Move Over law. Judi Franco, co-host of New Jersey WKXW's Dennis & Judi Show, wrote:

"It's a silly law that requires a driver to move over when they see police, maintenance, tow truck and other emergency vehicles and personnel on the shoulder. Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road. If you can move over safely, you probably will. But it's not always safe to ... A dead cop is sad. But a horrible tragedy doesn't warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce."

I'd like for Franco to display such a cavalier attitude to the law in front of the families of cops, towmen, firemen and other first responders that have been killed due to motorists not pulling over. Did those obeying the law perhaps delay her the day she wrote this, causing her to pass up getting her morning latte as she was running late for her show?

In the four years I've been back in the industry, this is the very first time I've heard anyone speak out against the Move Over law. I hope it is the very LAST time I hear such ignorance.

--Charles Duke
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Python Introduced at [b]AT Expo

DSC 0005 87fa2Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing introduced its new light-duty Python at the American Towman Exposition XXX last month.

The new Dynamic Python light-duty unit has a 5,000-lbs. wheel lift with 84" of reach. The Python boom has a vertically mounted single-deck cylinder for a quicker hookup. The boom is mounted right next to the cab and dropped below the deck, providing more visibility and reduces weight transfer to the rear wheels.

This new design keeps more weight on the front axle, which provides increased stability. The company said the Python comes with the largest toolboxes in the industry and has easy access to the hydraulics.

The Python comes standard with an all-steel one-piece body; lighter, rust-resistant poly fenders are an option. The Dynamic Python is available as a wheel lift, drag winch, or with a recovery boom with single- or dual-winch options.
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