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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 17 - January 23, 2018

Company Helps Feed Needy Families

Star Body Works and Star 24 Hour Towing of Medford, Oregon, donated salvaged fruits and vegetables to ACCESS a community action agency that provides food and services to low income families in the Jackson County area. The food was salvaged from an overturned truck crash that happened on New Year's Day. ACCESS received 12 palettes of food, estimated at 5,000 to 6,000 pounds from the tow company/body shop. Star 24 Hour Towing said the non-salvageable produce will be donated to a pig farmer. Source:
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Towman Tripp Killed Roadside

Thomas Tripp, a long-time employee of Mike's Wrecker Service in Saginaw, Michigan, was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver Jan. 10, police say. Tripp was loading a car onto his flatbed, helping a woman with a flat tire that couldn't be repaired roadside. A 49-year-old woman in a Jeep Cherokee ran over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Bill Giorgis, the owner of Mike's Wrecker Service, said his "heart sank when he heard that a towman had been hit on Dixie Highway. "We knew we had a driver in the area," Giorgis said. "When the police called us and there is an accident involving a towman, and they weren't sure if it was us or not, we immediately headed down there and we realized it was Tom." Sources:,

FCA Plans Investment in Plant

FCA recently announced that it will invest more than $1 billion to modernize its Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to produce the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck. The company will relocate manufacturing operations of the truck from Saltillo, Mexico, in 2020. To support the increased volume at the Warren facility, 2,500 new jobs will be created. FCA has invested $10 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations since June 2009. Source:
Towman Tripp Killed Roadside
Towman killed Jan. 10 worked with Mike’s Wrecker Service
Company Helps Feed Needy Families
Over 5,000 lbs. of salvaged fruits and vegetables donated
FCA Plans Investment in Plant
Will move Ram Heavy Duty truck operations from Mexico to Michigan

Montana DOJ [b]Seeks Towmen

The Montana Department of Justice is seeking applications for membership to the Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee. The committee reviews and resolves complaints involving tow truck issues, and membership is three years.

It's comprised of two members from the tow truck industry, and one member each from the motor carrier industry, the insurance industry, the general public and from the Montana Highway Patrol.

Those with questions are directed to call Montana Highway Patrol Captain Jim Kitchin at (406) 531-3610 or Assistant Attorney General Kelley Hubbard at (406) 444-2026.

Those interested should send application letters to Montana Highway Patrol, Attn: Tow Truck Complaint Resolution Committee, 2681 Palmer St., Ste. B, Missoula, MT 59808. Deadline is January 24.

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You Need Time ... for YOU

When was the last time you had a vacation?

I'm not talking about a couple of days off; I'm talking about a good one or two weeks of "don't-bother-me-I'm-outta-here" vacation where you just took care of you?

Of course with most of the country experiencing winter weather, right now is not the time I'm suggesting. You've got to pay for the vacation, after all.

But it is imperative that in all of the madness that is life, you take some quality time for you. Down time, some call it. This is time that you put the worries and concerns of life on the back burner ... and treat yourself.

Why not? You deserve it. You're constantly putting out fires at the job; constantly going, maybe even running a 24/7 operation and not getting the rest you need.

Think about it. There's only one you. That needs just as much care as that tow truck you're running and the equipment on it. Don't let the primary engine of that truck—you—break down.

Plan that getaway to "get outta Dodge."

--Charles Duke
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