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Recovery Is No Small Potatoes

Jeff Corbet of Wayne's Auto in Aiken, South Carolina, said the recent situation on Rudy Mason Parkway wasn't small potatoes.

"Pretty dramatic, you know? The truck was split, the trailer was detached in the ditch, and the fifth wheel had actually broken loose from the truck."

A car ran a red light on Rudy Mason, mashing into an 18-wheeler around 7:30 a.m. The impact caused the semi to fall into a ditch, spilling potatoes everywhere.

"It was a pretty big mess any way you look at it."

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers and Aiken Public Safety officers arrived on scene for cleanup duty. You could say the situation was less than a-peel-ing.

The whole payload was 80,000 lbs. It was enough to keep them occupied for about seven hours.

Corbett said it wasn't any skin off his back.

"We're used to seeing anything from potatoes, to meats, to ice cream, and all sorts of stuff along the roads."

All in all, not that remarkable for this spec-tater.


Jerr-Dan Salutes Waters' [b]80th Anniversary

Jerr-Dan Corp. recently celebrated its distributor Waters Truck and Tractor on their 80th milestone anniversary. The family business, led by fourth-generation family members, has expanded to include Jerr-Dan towing and recovery equipment.

"As Waters celebrates this major milestone, we are very proud of partnering with them and look forward to continuing to support their business initiatives as they continue to thrive across various industries including towing and recovery," said Jeff Irr, senior director of sales for Jerr-Dan.

Waters Truck and Tractor was founded in 1938 by Ray M. Waters Sr. in Columbus, Mississippi. Since then, the company has made it its mission to provide the highest level of customer service while offering a wide variety of transportation products, solutions, and services.

The company expanded to Meridian in 1976 as Waters International Trucks. The second branch of Waters Truck and Tractor was opened in Kosciusko in 1982. Waters International Trucks opened a branch in Natchez in 2002 and Hattiesburg in 2007. A second location in Columbus called Waters Truck and Tire Service opened in 2009.

"We are proud to offer Jerr-Dan towing equipment including standard-, medium-, and heavy-duty wreckers, designed and engineered to handle any job—from simple breakdowns to heavy retrievals and complex recoveries," said Mike Waters, president.

The company employs approximately 275 people.


McIntosh Named to APTO Board

Brad McIntosh, of Hollis Towing, was selected unanimously to the APTO Board of Directors and will fill the vacant seat on the board immediately.

"Brad's years of service in the towing and recovery industry will be a tremendous asset to APTO and help shape the future direction of the association. We are very excited and pleased to announce his appointment today," a release said.

"Brad has a wide and strong range of experience in the towing industry," said Dave Clark, United Towing and APTO chairman. "He understands what owning a towing company is like, he has worked in operations, has experience consulting in the industry and working in national emergencies and disasters. He will be a great addition to the APTO TEAM and another strong leader helping move the industry forward in Ohio."

Source: APTO.

Honk Raises $18M to [b]Build Network

Honk Technologies, a marketplace for towing services for consumers and insurance companies, has raised $18 million in a new round of funding a little over a year after inking a massive contract with Farmers Insurance.

The investment was led by Altpoint Ventures, with participation from existing investors Structure Capital and Venture 51.

The company said it would use the funds to build on its network of 75,000 tow truckers and roadside assisters, as well as add new services for insurers, fleet managers and manufacturers.

Honk basically applies to the towing business the same technology ride-hailing uses. Customers call for a tow directly from Honk via mobile web or the company's app to find a nearby professional and track the location and estimated time of arrival of their tow truck in real time.


Reward Offered in [b]Towman's 2012 Slaying

A $10,000 reward was offered recently for information that helps detectives solve the killing of a tower who was gunned down six years ago in Norwalk, California.

Robert Garcia, 22, was shot just before midnight on June 28, 2012, near the office of Vernola's Tow, the sheriff's department reported.

"As he walked back to the office ... three men approached him," a sheriff's statement said. "Robert fled eastbound on Front Street toward the business, but was fatally shot multiple times at the front door of the building. Robert was a hardworking provider for his budding family, and had two small children at the time of his death."

Three suspects can be seen in grainy surveillance video confronting Garcia near a parked tow truck. The suspects were described only as Hispanic males in their early to late teens, with thin builds. Two wore dark clothing, and one wore light clothing.

"We're here today because we wanted to ask the community to come forward with any information that can help with my son's murder," Anna Salazar told reporters.

The reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.


Berg Sells Equipment, [b]No Plans to Retire

Owner Dick Berg of Dick's Auto Repair & Towing Inc. in New Ulm, Minnesota, sold his business equipment at auction June 14, but he has no plans to retire any time soon.

Berg, 72, has been in the repair and towing business for 52 years. He said he plans to continue towing vehicles to local law enforcement impound lots after being escorted by officers to the vehicles.

"Back in the '60s and '70s, I could go out on a service call at night and not worry about anything," Berg said. "Now, you have to be careful about who's in the vehicle. Cars now are very fragile too. They're full of plastic. I won't go out unless I'm with law enforcement. Years ago, if someone was drinking too much, I could tow their car to their residence. Not anymore."

Berg said decades ago, when he was on a highway service call, truckers would stop and offer to help.

"Now, they spin your cap around and shave you as they go by," Berg said.

Berg says he'll continue to answer towing calls for law enforcement agencies besides doing farming and vegetable gardening.

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