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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingOctober 19 - October 25, 2016

Storage Fees May Rise

The Public Works Committee in Superior, Wis., approved increasing the daily tow lot storage fees from $10 per day to $25 per day for vehicles left on the operator's storage lots following an accident. The last time the fee was changed was 1998. Mark Androsky, owner of Stadium Towing, said under the current fee structure he makes about $3,600 a year, but he pays about $6,000 a year to maintain his storage lot. "It doesn't even cover my lot fees," Androsky said. The City Council considers the storage fee increase Nov. 1. Source:
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Tow Companies Respond to I-70 Crash

Terre Haute, Ind., towing companies Lamberts Towing, AAA Towing and Durr's Towing were among the first responders on the scene when a major accident occurred on I-70 in Clay County, Ind., Saturday afternoon. Indiana State Police said a St. Louis, Mo., man suffered injuries after he suddenly stopped the westbound semitrailer he was driving, triggering a fiery accident that involved two other semis and blocked traffic for several hours. The preliminary investigation revealed traffic was slowing or stopping for a nearby road construction project west of the crash scene. The lead semi braked at the last minute and jackknifed and struck another westbound trailer. Then the second tractor-trailer struck the rear of a third, causing first two to erupt in fire that destroyed both units. Source:

Chief Wants Tow Bid Process

Ferris, Texas, Police Chief Eddie Salazar wants to change the city's non-consent tows from a rotation system to an exclusive service. "I recommend that the City of Ferris establish a contract with one particular towing company for all wrecker or towing services for non-consent tows and all towing requests made by the city police, fire, and code enforcement departments," Salazar said. He said the current rotation system has response times between 30 to 60 minutes. He proposed a bidding process to select a tow service. Source:
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American Towman, CTTA: 5-Year Pact

The California Tow Truck Association has entered into a five-year agreement with American Towman magazine, beginning with the 2017 Tow Industry Week and American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas next May.

By bringing its annual convention, which includes leadership meetings, conferences and a formal membership banquet to Las Vegas, CTTA will forego its own exhibit-based show that has been held annually and for the past several years alternated between Reno, Nev., and San Diego, Calif.

"We are thrilled to join Tow Industry Week and the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas," said Terry Warford, CTTA's president. "We think we will add significantly to the Tow Industry Week, an event that has gained national stature in our industry, and also benefit from its success and marketing power.

"Working with American Towman will help CTTA control its convention costs and also help grow its membership, while giving it a greater platform. The arrangement will also help CTTA to focus on its primary mission: building a more successful towing industry in the great state of California," Warford said.

"CTTA is one of the industry's largest state associations," Henri "Doc" Calitri, president of AT Expo Corp. "The association has a stellar reputation and track record for strengthening its members in California. Working with CTTA will offer many mutual benefits. AT ShowPlace has drawn well from all the Western states, particularly California. Bringing the CTTA Convention into this event will only strengthen our attendance. "

Our goal is to help CTTA grow its membership, realize fund-raising opportunities, and engage with towers from California and state officials critical to its members' success," Calitri said.
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Emily Oz Reports • October 19 - October 25, 2016

What Did He Say?

Let's take a breather and visit "the lighter side" for a minute.

Every industry has its own lingo. If I were to say "dingers," "charts" and "arbs," a baseball player, a musician and a media personality (respectively) would get what I was saying right away. Taking it further, those words may even have different meanings in other industries.

What are some phrases or words that are unique to the towing industry—something that only people "on the inside" would know?

E-mail me your answer to me at, and we'll print the best ones here in Tow Industry Week next week.

Until then, I'm "gonna tip." (You have to answer me first, then I'll reveal what that is).
--Charles Duke
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