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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingFebruary 21 - February 27, 2018
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One 'Shrek' of a Truck

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By George L. Nitti

According to Lisa Bartz, co-owner of Kramer's Towing in Grand Island, Nebraska, their newest acquisition, a 2018 Peterbilt 379/Century 9055, has naturally been a big hit with the kids.

It was decorated with one of the most popular animated figures of all time, "Shrek."

"The kids love to see Shrek on the truck," Bartz said, "and can't wait to take pictures in front of it."

The unit was recently one of the top entrants at the American Towman Wrecker Pageant during the 2017 American Towman Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland, placing second in the Heavy-Duty Tandem category.

"We picked it up at the Exposition, where Miller featured it," Bartz said. "The toolboxes were customized by Lynch Truck Center. We decided to enter the contest because we had been going to the Expo for years and felt it was time to participate."

Bartz said that their second Shrek-themed truck came about as they were decorating their new rotator with the Incredible Hulk.

"Since it fit in with our green theme, we went with it."

Of course, the ornery green ogre Shrek is the focal point, artfully rendered on the front and back side of the unit by After Hours Graphix.

Along the front end, Shrek is seen with his sidekick and best friend, Donkey, as they peer out through a metallic cutting. On the side of the unit, Shrek is seen looking out while resting his hands on his chin.

The green-to-white Kramer logo is another key focal point. Written big, the logo was a redesign from their original, as the "K" is elongated, dropping sharply downward rather than curving as it has done in the past.

Underpinning the cartoons and logo is a flashy modern design with stripy shapes that include black, silver, white and lime green.

The back end of the unit is skillfully rendered as the company name is restated vertically along the height of the unit in lettering that is visible to both day and night drivers.

Also on the back are two decals stating, "Move-Over, It's the Law."

The last center of attraction is the large grille on the front end, serving as protective guard.

Bartz said, "There is a lot of cattle in Nebraska that can become targets. It also protects us from the deer."

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