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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 22 - November 28, 2017

Three Cheers for Southside's Twin-Steer


It's nice to have a 75-ton rotator in your fleet to lend a hand when you need to solve problems that those other trucks just can't handle.

At Southside Towing, servicing a major metropolitan area like Atlanta, Ga., their 2009 Kenworth T800/75-ton Century rotator offers ample opportunities to solve problems from working critical recoveries to catering to Georgia's fastest growing industry in film production.

"They are building film studios all over metro Atlanta," said Jeff Poquete, owner of Southside Towing. "Today we did seven jobs, as we used our rotator to help unload equipment. Did you know that Pinewood Studios is the largest movie studio in the Eastern U.S.?"

Moving large and oversized equipment is just one problem Southside's 75-ton rotator easily tackles.

"The state started giving major tax incentives to the film industry, which in turn has been good for us. Our rotator may be the state's first and only twin-steer and was one of the biggest wreckers in Georgia for a time. It's really amazing the amount of work that it can do."

This heavy-duty truck is impossible to miss, not just due to its sheer size, but because of its colors. It has a primarily purple base with gold and aqua striping that covers a large swath on the body of the wrecker.

The large boom shows the company name clearly in contrasting fonts and colors, so it pops out and accentuates who they are.

It is truck that they are proud to show off; it even was used in a local high school football program to serve as a backdrop for the purple-clad cheerleading team.

Poquette acknowledged Henson Sign and Graphics, a local company for doing "a fantastic job."

"The company has been around for 30 years and our design was always plain," said Poquette. "Now we're going a little flashier and bolder with our newer vehicles. Your truck is your greatest billboard and we want it to jump out.

"Women even turn their heads."

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In Loving Memory of ‘AJ’

0-fairfax1 6552fBy George L. Nitti

AJ, whose full name was Hicham Najdi, was towing for Virginia-based Fairfax Towing & Recovery in 2014 when he was struck and killed while prepping a disabled vehicle on I-495.

"AJ was all around fun to be around, always joking, making people laugh," said manager Dan Strouth. "He was a really good guy; worked really hard."

Dedicated to AJ and in memory of the fallen, is the company's 2015 Dodge 4500 with a Jerr-Dan MPL 40 wheel-lift.

What stands out first and foremost is the memoriam on the boom that includes a newspaper clipping on AJ along with a dedication to the fallen. There's also a graphic of several first responders standing together promoting Move Over.

The lettering, created by Dean Designs of Fredericksburg, is compelling along the side of the truck and the company name on the hood evokes flair and creativity.

"This lettering is on all of our trucks," said Strouth, "but we wanted to do something different with this one. The bright orange and its many shades and shapes serve as the background. There are also diamond plates that run from the door to the front of the hood."

This dedication to AJ serves as a reminder of the perils that can take place on the road, especially for those serving on the white line.

This article originally appeared in the April 20, 2016 edition of Tow Industry Week.

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