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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingApril 19 - April 25, 2017

Car Taken at Gunpoint

A group of men held up a tower at gunpoint in Chicago, Ill., early Friday, then took off in the car that was being towed. The truck was towing a GMC truck that had previously been booted. While the tow truck was stopped at a light, three males got out of a white Kia that was stopped behind it, police said. One of the suspects, armed with a gun, entered the truck and demanded the driver drop the GMC. The driver complied, and the armed suspect got into the GMC and drove away. Source:
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Allstate Wants to 'X the TXT'

Allstate is calling on drivers to avoid distractions behind the wheel. To drive home its message, Allstate is launching its fifth annual Reality Rides tour. The tour features a stationary simulator vehicle with virtual reality LED screens across the windshield, displaying animated scenarios drivers often encounter. This year's tour will stop in 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, more than double last year's events. Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, operators try to navigate those situations while also attempting to text message, answer phone calls or use in-car technology like GPS, all activities that frequently distract drivers in real life. More than half of Reality Rides participants surveyed say, after trying the simulator, they won't let others drive distracted. Source:

Vanair Adds Kelly

Vanair added Greg Kelly as its Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for strategically managing the mobile power company's supply chain vendors and other aspects of the procurement process, both externally and internally. Kelly will also develop and execute plans to lower material cost, quality and delivery, manage the buying team, establish measurable performance metrics, and manage supplier, contract, and agreement risk.
Allstate Wants to ‘X the TXT’
Launches 5th annual Reality Rides tour
Car Taken at Gunpoint
Thieves take previously booted car from tow truck
Vanair Adds Kelly
Becomes new Chief Procurement Officer at mobile power company

$40M Winning Bid in URT Auction

United Road Towing Inc. received court approval for a sale of its assets to a pre-petition lender that will provide about $40 million in consideration for the transaction.

After consulting with its post-petition lenders and unsecured creditors, the company determined that the offer made by Medley Capital Corp. was the best offer. Medley bid $16 million of the second-priority pre-petition debt it holds against United Road Towing and pledged to assume $24 million of the debtor's liabilities, according to United Road Towing attorney M. Blake Cleary.

The most significant liability to be assumed by Medley is the remaining amounts outstanding under the company's debtor-in-possession loan, about $14 million.

Other liabilities include accrued post-petition accounts payable, administrative expenses of the Chapter 11 case, employee payroll and benefits, sales and use taxes, and up to $750,000 in unsecured claims. Medley will also chip in $250,000 to fund the wind down of the case.

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American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • April 19 - April 25, 2017

It's a Vegas Affair

In just a couple of weeks everybody will be hightailing it to Las Vegas, Nev. for Tow Industry Week, which promises to be the biggest trade show in the western region of the U.S. this year. Highlighted by the American Towman ShowPlace at the South Point Hotel and Casino, more than 150 tow industry suppliers will be on hand to greet you, show their wares and make sure you're well-stocked and ready to take on the year ahead.

This year's event is further bolstered by the participation of the California Tow Truck Association, who will hold their annual meeting, light-duty training and convention in conjunction with the trade show.

Educational conferences, special events, hospitalities and live demonstrations will also be a part of this mega event.

I look forward to "seeing you there for the affair," May 10-12 for Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas at the South Point. If you haven't already, be sure to register TODAY at
--Charles Duke
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