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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 13 - September 19, 2017

Power Conveyed Through Lines and Color

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Over the years, Maggio Truck Center of Rockford, Ill., has repeatedly used interesting geometric shapes and lines to accenuate their fleet of trucks in conveying an image of strength, calm and durability.

Bruno Maggio started the company in 1934, and it has since grown into a thriving entity with a fleet exceeding 20 trucks, with many heavies. The company is now run by a third-generation of Maggios: Marty, Jay and David.

Their newest wrecker, a 2016 Freightliner/Century 9055, features thick lines of brown, yellow and orange that spread across the body of the unit.

Parallel lines across the unit break up in a few places, such as dropping down into a geometric shape at one place on the unit's side, and at the backend where the lines break up then continue on and then break up again.

On the hood, the parallel lines weave themselves into the design of an "M," highlighting the first initial of the company name. The "M" can also be found on the side doors of wrecker and the boom.

"The cartoon figure of Mighty Mouse on the bottom side of the unit is called the Mighty Maggio," Jay said.

The earthy yellowish color of the wrecker body exudes a calming and grounding effect as if one can be reassured that the company will handle customers' needs safely and securely.

The orange boom stands in contrast to the rest of the unit. The name is clearly accentuated as the durability of this company has stood the test of time.

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Colors Set Them Apart

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As the American Towman Spirit Ride makes a pass through a swath of America's heartland, there have seen a variety of tow trucks owned by participating companies that have garnered attention.

One of the units that stood out was an orange and yellow 1997 International 4700 with a Century 21-ft. right approach flatbed owned by D&A Towing and Recovery of Amherst, Ohio.

Owner David Vaughn, Jr. said this flatbed receives roadside compliments, and it is a favorite amongst kids he sees admiring it and by recurring customers.

"It was the second flatbed we purchased," Vaughn said, "after I was hit on the side of the road, totaling our first. We use it for classic, exotic and low clearing vehicles.

"With the color scheme, I wanted to do something different, something that nobody else in our area was doing. There was a lot of red, white and blue. I wanted to set us apart with orange."

Adding to the orange, yellow and blue color scheme, the catchy logo on its side doors is artistically rendered with the letters 'D' and 'A' joined by a J-hook that is embellished with angel wings.

"The 'D' stands for me," said Vaughn, "and the 'A' for my wife, Angel. Without her or my mother Joy, neither me nor father would be able to do what we do. My father has been in business for 40 years with his other company, Vaughn Battery Repair and Towing."

Vaughn gushed with admiration for his father.

"Some people call him Santa Claus. Lately he hasn't been doing so good. He has a piece of bone stuck between two vertebrae. Sometimes people don't understand the struggles of a family business ... and the stress that we are faced with working 16 to 20-hour days."

Vaughn, who has 11 children, acknowledges that he works long hours like his father and also feels the aches and pains on a daily basis from the physical nature of his job.

He was involved in an accident that he says was a life-changing event, and it's part of the reason why he has been so active in promoting awareness for the Move Over law.

"People ask me why being part of the Spirit Ride was important. I reply, 'My family wants me to come home at night'," Vaughn related.

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