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Join Mike Stevens of AAA Texas for foundational training on lockout basics with a focus on damage prevention. Topics include: basic lockout guidelines, discussion of locking mechanisms, safety around airbags and more. It will take place as part of the Towing & Recovery Conference taking place at Tow Expo Dallas, August 17-19, 2017 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingAugust 16 - August 22, 2017

Diesel Prices Hit Two-Year High

The price of diesel fuel during the week ending Aug. 14 brought prices to its highest point in two years, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report. The week's 1.7-cent increase, the seventh consecutive week with an increase, brought the nation's average price for diesel to $2.598 per gallon. This year's previous high was set in early January and again in mid-April at $2.597 per gallon. The last time prices were above $2.598 was mid-August 2015, when prices were $2.615 during the week ending Aug. 17, 2015. Source: ccjdigital.com
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Tow Expo Dallas Gets Underway

Tow Expo Dallas starts off today with the opening of on-site registration beginning at 8 a.m. this morning. The Light/Medium Duty Recovery Certification Training Level 2/3 by WreckMaster also kicked off, with classroom instruction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Pre-registration was required for the WreckMaster class. Later on this evening, it's The Big Smoke at Tap-In Grill & Pub, sponsored by Savatech and AutoReturn. A shuttle will be provided to this event for guests staying at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and the Residence Inn in Grapevine, Texas, to the event. To register for The Big Smoke, go to the registration desk located in the Longhorn Marble Foyer at the Gaylord Texan until 5 p.m. today. Source: AT Staff

ITRHFM Holding Elections

The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that members who would like to run for election to its board of directors are advised to fill out the form on the museum website. Submissions will be accepted through August 30 and the election will run September 1 through September 14. Nine positions are open and results will be announced at the annual general membership meeting September 17. Source: towingmuseum.com
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Tow Expo Dallas Gets Underway
WreckMaster 2/3 training and The Big Smoke are Thursday’s highlights
Diesel Prices Hit Two-Year High
The nation’s average price for diesel is now $2.598 per gallon
ITRHFM Holding Elections
Nine board positions open for membership to museum’s board

Record Crowd at Gaylord Texan Resort

More tow business owners came and more stayed longer at the luxurious Gaylord Texan Resort this past weekend than at any other Tow Expo in the show's twenty year history. Says Tommy Anderson, Tow Expo's show manager: "At the Gaylord you could walk out of the exhibit hall into an air-conditioned paradise, a large atrium with pubs, restaurants, and shops---take a break and go back in to engage with exhibitors. That's what many attendees did. Attendance was gangbusters."
The show featured over 120 exhibitors, the USA Wrecker Pageant, training, demonstrations, seminars, and American Towman hospitality, culminating with the Beer & Bratwurst party.
The show ended on a somber note with the Spirit Ride Ceremony honoring fallen first responders inside the demo area where, at one point, one could hear Taps from a bugler who came with the a Fire Department's color guard.
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#NoExcuse

You don't have to search high and low in the towing industry for inspiring stories. This week, I found one such story in Phillip West, a towman in Austin, Texas, who truly loves his job. (See News Page.)

You see, West operates with the use of only one leg. He so inspired someone watching him in action that the observer posted his work on Facebook with the hashtag #NoExcuse.

Aside from his towing, West also is a football coach to young kids in his area.

It's truly inspiring to come across individuals like West whose life is a prime example of never giving up, regardless of your circumstances.

My hat is off to West. We can all learn from him.
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RPMEquipment d1bbfRPM Equipment Company has been a stable and dedicated business force in the wrecker industry for 36 years. A family owned and operated venture, RPM is a Miller Industries distributor featuring Century, Challenger, Holmes and Vulcan wreckers. Come see what RPM Equipment has to offer at Tow Expo Dallas, taking place at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas August 17-19, 2017.

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