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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 08 - August 14, 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

Armadillos to Race at Tow Expo-Dallas

The popular Casino Night at Tow Expo-Dallas has been expanded to include festival games and armadillo racing.

Towers take their chances while playing for a cash pot in the annual Ten-Gallon Casino Night. "Gamblers" from all over the Southwest flock to this event.

This event is not to be missed. So get your loaded dice and marked poker cards ready. (Just kidding, pardner!) Games & Grub Night will take place Friday, Aug. 17, in Grapevine Ballroom D at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
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• August 08 - August 14, 2018

Towing and ELD

You may have heard by now that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently denied TRAA's petition for an exemption from electronic logging device requirements for the towing industry. Although FMCSA cited safety reasons, TRAA feels that the decision was misguided as FMCSA "continues to view towing as equivalent to the trucking industry."

TRAA's viewpoint is valid: it is unfair to the towing industry that it is held to the same standards as trucking, and thus requires a different set of considerations. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future.

The question is now, how does the towing industry—vastly different from trucking, as it includes specialized equipment to do the work—make the case that the two industries are not the same and should be seen in a different light?

I have a feeling we haven't heard the last of this latest battle. Stay tuned, and check out Brian Riker's thoughts on the ELD exemption denial in the September issue of American Towman.

--Charles Duke
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