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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingSeptember 19 - September 25, 2018

TNR Name Sizzles

0 f6b7bBy George L. Nitti

After more than 20 years in the towing business, Neil Womble, owner of TNR Towing of Durham, North Carolina, decided to start his own company three years ago. To begin the journey, he purchased a 2012 Dodge Ram 5500/Jerr-Dan 20' flatbed.

"I was tired of being somebody's employee," Womble said. "It took me a while, but I saved up the money to buy my first tow truck. I didn't want to have to make payments."

The time spent working for someone, though, had its blessings. Womble learned the ropes while using contacts accumulated over the years to grow his start-up company, which he says is doing very well.

Part of the journey began with wrapping his tow truck.
"I worked with a local company to collaborate on a design, going through approximately 10 drafts before I was satisfied with the result," he said.

The bold, creative, silver metallic lettering of "TNR" found on the side doors, with heavy red shadowing, clearly jumps out. It's large and contrasts against a colorful backdrop that includes a large blue star and the word "Towing in red script.

"I get a lot of compliments on the truck," Womble said. "People tell me, 'It's a really nice truck. It's professional.' I use it a lot for moving classic, foreign and high-end trucks."

Having an easy-to-remember company name was an important consideration when he named the company. He included the first initials of his two boys, both of whom he would welcome into the business.

He said, " 'T' stands for Thomas, my oldest son, 'N' for Neil, which is me and 'R' for Robbie, my youngest son. I knew I would name it after my kids. I wanted their name to be on the side of the truck. Who knows? I would like this business to be a back-up for them."

The lettering particularly pops at night because half of it is reflective while the phone number at the front end is easy to see.

As far as the blue star on each of the side doors, Womble said, "I've always had a thing for stars."

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Resplendent Design

0 3aa0fBy George L. Nitti

According to Manager Amy Gibson of Michael's Towing and Recovery in Fredericksburg, Va., their resplendent 2012 Kenworth/Century 1140 is a big hit with customers.

"Our customers absolutely love it," she said.

Gibson said that Michael Powell, who has owned the company for 24 years, takes great care and pride in decorating his trucks.

Indeed, there is much to admire about this award-winning unit, with its bold and bursting array of colors.

"He does it with all of his trucks," Gibson said, which includes 14 units that range from light- to heavy-duty, including transport and service vehicles.

"I call it the 'Elite Fleet.' They are so beautiful to look at," she said.

Like a peacock with its brilliant colors, this unit stands out, beginning with a classic base of white and green.

"Michael went with green because it is not a common color found on many tow trucks and he likes to be different. The colors weren't too overwhelming either," she said.

From that base the unit begins to explode with several other colors, including rainbow shapes, lines, streaks and tribal flames.

"It is kept very clean, like all of his trucks," Gibson said. "You want your trucks to be clean and presentable when you show up at the scene. We believe it makes it more comfortable for someone being towed to be approached by a professional-looking truck."

There are several features that further set this unit apart.

"Michael created a twin steer on a 1140 rotator, which is unique in the industry," Gibson said. "You don't see that on 40-ton rotators."

Then there is the Roto Ray warning light on the grill, which spins and is fully functional, the suicide driver door, and a night scan light tower.

Perhaps the quote on the back of the cab sums it up best: "Tough Act to Follow."

(Note: This article originally appeared in the February 8, 2017 edition of Tow Industry Week)

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