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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 14 - November 20, 2018

Diesel Prices Dip Fourth [b]Straight Week

The country's at-pump diesel price average dipped for the fourth consecutive week, falling 2.1 cents during the week ending Nov. 12, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report. The decrease brings the U.S.' average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel to $3.317. The biggest decrease was in California, where prices dropped by 2.8 cents. California is still home to the nation's most expensive fuel at $4.04 per gallon, while the cheapest diesel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $3.085 per gallon. Source: ccjdigital.com
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Towmen Call for Passage of Law

Wednesday morning, advocates of a proposed Move Over law that would include tow trucks gathered at AAA headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, to call on Gov. Rick Snyder to sign the bill. The legislation, Senate Bill 0477, passed both the Michigan Senate and House unanimously, and was presented to the governor on Tuesday. A spokesman for Gov. Snyder has not responded for comment at press time. "I personally have had close calls," said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Dale Zorn, who co-owns a tow service with his brother. Nasser Daher, owner of Jess's Service Center in Grosse Pointe Park, said the proposed law is a good one for protecting his employees. Source: freep.com

Jeff Rau Joins CARS

Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems announced that it has named Jeff Rau national software sales director for the IBEAM platform. In this role, he will promote and support the sales for IBEAM, software used for managing repossession and remarketing. "We are pleased to have Jeff join our team," said Terry Groves, co-founder of CARS. "His experience in the banking, technology and forwarding industries offers our clients an insightful perspective on how best to leverage technology in support of their repossession and remarketing initiatives." Source: markets.businessinsider.com
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Towmen Call for Passage of Law
Michigan towmen push for towing’s inclusion in law
Diesel Prices Dip Fourth Straight Week
Highest price remains in California at $4.04 per gallon
Jeff Rau Joins CARS
New national software sales director for IBEAM platform

AT Expo XXX a Hit, XXXI Shifting to Atlantic City

The 30th American Towman Exposition's slogan, "Imagination is Reality" made believers of any doubting Thomases that indeed AT Expo XXX could rise above its own storied history of growth. This past weekend saw the largest show in number of exhibitors (270) and floor space covered (300,000 square feet) inside the Baltimore Convention Center. It also saw another record crowd despite the snows that fell on the city and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on Thursday.
Then to the exhibitors' surprise, AT Expo's President Doc Calitri announced the Exposition was moving up to Atlantic City for 2019 and the state-of-the-art Atlantic City Convention Center with late Autumn dates, December 4–8.
AT Expo scored record crowds in Atlantic City in 1991–92 and returns in 2019 to a seaside casino resort that has celebrated a renaissance over the past decade.
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Celebrating 30 Years of American Towman Exposition in Baltimore! Join us

All Those Years [b]Ago …

I'm going to be with some great friends this week. I'm hanging out at the 30th annual American Towman Exposition here in Baltimore, Maryland, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the guys and gals that comprise this great industry.

"Number 30" promises to be the biggest and best-ever, with some 270 exhibitors, an array of great seminars and conferences and a lot of fun social events. Of course, it's all topped off by Festival Night where, once again, towman are awarded the industry's highest honor, the Towman Medal, for bravery.

Thinking back, I was around for the very first Exposition back in 1989. We worked diligently to present a first-class trade show—and we pulled it off. Things were so much different all those years ago; and if I was able to look into a crystal ball and see 30 years ahead to what the Exposition is today ... I'd be completely floored.

So thanks to everyone who has attended at least one American Towman Exposition over the past 30 years. Your support has made it what it is today. We couldn't do it without you!

--Charles Duke

Tougher Regulation Being Considered

A measure to more closely regulate private tow companies has been approved by a Philadelphia, Pa., city council committee and now moves on to the entire council for consideration.

The legislation, which addresses towing vehicles from private lots and driveways, mandates specific fees and storage costs.

Councilman Bill Greenlee said he's heard plenty from people feeling scammed by towing companies.

"Unfortunately, these towing companies give out a lot of erroneous information -- and that is one of many," he said.

If approved by the full Council, the standard towing fee for a car would be $175 with a $25 per day storage fee. Those charges would double for big trucks.

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Redesigned Tow Forks [b]for 2019

New-Fork-Short2 copy 2432fMiller Industries has unveiled their newly redesigned 5-inch girth towing forks for towing Class 8 trucks. The redesigned forks will become available in January 2019 and are manufactured to fit into the standard Miller Industries fork receiver. These wider towing forks are universal and can be used on all Century® and Vulcan®heavy-duty units. The updated towing forks are cast steel and have a wider base (throat) than the industry standard 4.5-inch towing fork. See all that Miller Industries has to offer at the American Towman Exposition, Nov. 16-18, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

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