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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 05 - December 11, 2018

Living the Dream

0 c6550By GEORGE L. NITTI

16 years ago, Marcos Villalobos, a manager at Pepe's Towing in Colton, Calif., started working for the company and has never left.

"I came to help one of the owners, Manny Acosta, for a couple of months, who is like a brother to me. I really enjoyed it and ended up staying," Villalobos said. "Towing for me is like being a kid all over again. I like working with rollovers. It's part of what we do."

With approximately 70 tow trucks in their fleet, 90 employees and more than 35 years in operation, the company has continued to grow in a very competitive environment.

"When we first started, there were three or four companies in the area. Now there are 15-20 companies competing for the work," said Villalobos.

Fortunately they are situated in an area of southern Los Angeles called the Inland Empire, a densely populated metropolitan area including of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, encompassing more than 4 million people. With numerous police contracts and highway patrol duties for several main freeways, it's no wonder they have become as large as they have.

One of the big rigs they use to service the area is their 2005 Peterbilt with a Century 9055 rotator made by Century. It was the soft hues of blue, pink and white on the huge truck that caught my attention.

On the side hood of the truck you will also find a modest display of graphics embellishing the same color motif, a simple theme that the company has used on its trucks since its inception. You will also find the name of the company written in the same colors on its boom along with "Air Cushion Recovery" and largely written phone numbers, easy enough to recognize, on the side of their truck.

The company was started by Mexican immigrants and passed down to a second generation of dedicated and hardworking men in brothers Jose Jr. and Manuel Acosta, and their other partner Lorenzo Navarro.

"We are very blessed with the numerous public and police calls we receive. If you provide good service people will come back," said Villalobos.

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Aimes' Aims to Please

0 0bc97George L. Nitti

The popularity of Marvel Comics has grown throughout the towing industry, as numerous tow trucks showcase characters from their hit franchise.

At the 2018 American Towman Exposition XXX in Baltimore last month, Deadpool, the lead character of a 2016 and 2018 film by the same name, was on display at the American Wrecker Pageant.

Found on the hood and back ends of a revamped 1998 Peterbilt 379 with a 90/55 Challenger wrecker, Deadpool takes center stage, holding a pair of 40 caliber guns.
The custom-painted and partly wrapped unit was executed by Aimes Towing and Collision of Freeport, New York, owned by Mark and Paul Gutman.

According to its driver J.R. Grimm, the restoration took approximately seven to eight months.

"Every day I was working on it," said Grimm. "Every night, staying as late as 11 or 12 o'clock while towing during the days. The electrical was a lot of work, as we put on 3500 LED lights. We used a lot of sealant and wiring and did a lot of drilling."

The revamping included upgrading its size and adding 40,000-lbs. winches, an 1100 horsepower engine, a triple frame for the chassis while beefing up both the front and back axles and underlift.

"The whole truck had to be sanded down and primed," Grimm said, "Then it was custom-painted: a brownish gold or burnt orange on the deck and boom, blended in on the cab and given purple highlights."

With the input of the entire company, a design for the colorful wrap was agreed upon. The wrap contains geometric shapes like hexagons, circles, lines and rectangles. At the bottom just over the LED Lights, is a ripped chevron that encircles the long unit.

On the boom it states, "We Aim to Please," while the company name, written in a large lime green font, pop out.

Grimm said, "We wanted something no one else had."

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