The Week's Features
Pulling a tractor from a creek from a compromised bridge isn’t easy
Proclamation issued as Spirit Ride rolls through Minnesota, Iowa
Fleet makeover attracts customers—and new employees
Experian report shows 60-day delinquencies remain flat
Wedge eliminates the need for extra tape or sleeves
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 20 - June 26, 2018
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared June 13 "Slow Down, Move Over Day" in that state, and Jeff Day (left), owner of Meier Towing in Sioux City, Iowa, hosted a Spirit Ride ceremony two days later. Photo image of Day:

Gov. Issues 'Move Over' Proclamation

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued a state proclamation declaring June 13 as "Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day," as the Spirit Ride made stops in that state and Iowa to raise awareness of the law last week.

At a Spirit Ride ceremony hosted by Schmit Towing in Minneapolis, towman Joe Buck said he decided to partner up with Spirit Ride due to a 1995 accident.

"Currently I've had to have seven knee surgeries. Three knee replacements. I'm 66-percent disabled with my legs because of it. I'm one of the lucky ones. Cause I get to walk away. But I know so many that haven't," said Buck.

Two days later towmen, police and other first responders were on hand for the Spirit Ride ceremony in Sioux City, Iowa. Jeff Day, owner of Meier Towing, sponsored the stop.

"If we don't do things like this to let people be aware of what these dangers are," Day said, "the change will be very slow."

The Spirit Ride will travel to Wyoming and Colorado before taking a breather for the Independence Day holiday, with ceremonies at Big Al's Towing & Recovery; Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 22; and JW Towing; Aurora; USA Towing; Lafayette; and Randy's High Country Towing; Colorado Springs, all in Colorado.

Sources:,, AT Staff.

STA Golf Outing Set for Aug. 7

The Statewide Towing Association of Massachusetts will host its ninth annual STA Golf Outing on Aug. 7 at the Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit three STA families in crisis and STA Scholarships.

In addition, the association will hold its second annual Evening Meet & Greet immediately following golf, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and musical entertainment. Registration for the golf outing is available at

Source: Statewide Towing Association.

Towman Delivers Pizzas [b]to Immigrants

After one Texas towman saw the news that more than 50 undocumented immigrants found in the back of a semitrailer on June 12 were left waiting without food, he decided to help by bringing them a hot meal.

San Antonio towman Armando Colunga said that he didn't know all the details of their situation; he didn't need to. He simply saw hungry people.

"The first thing that popped into my head: How long have they been stuck in that trailer with no food? How long before they got into the trailer before they had anything to eat?" Colunga said.

Officials say the truck was air-conditioned and the 55 people inside had water, but were hungry.

Colunga saw news coverage of the incident, drove to a nearby Little Caesars after work and bought several pizzas to bring to the scene. He thanked the law enforcement officers who took the pizza and helped deliver it to the immigrants.


Miller Donates to Survivor Fund

Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc. donated more than $10,000 to the Wall of the Fallen Survivor Fund. The donation comes at the close of the 2017 WeTow campaign hosted by Miller Industries.

The WeTow campaign aimed to raise awareness of the towing community's support for many charities across the nation, as well as the good deeds towers provide within the communities they serve.

Through the sale of custom tow hook bracelets, Miller made donations to six national organizations: Susan G. Komen, DAV-Disabled American Veterans, The Miracle League, Shriners Children's Hospital, International Towing Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Survivor Fund.


Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show,[b] Aug. 17-19

The ninth annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show will be returning to the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Aug. 17-19. Admission is free to the public.

The show will feature some of the country's top show trucks with customized interiors, unique light displays, murals, brilliant chrome work and unique modifications. In addition, tractors of all sizes, SWAT, law enforcement and military vehicles be will in attendance.

The Monster Truck Throwdown has a new mix of gravity-defying, bus-jumping, car-smashing machines that will be sure to thrill crowds of all ages and a motorcross stunt team will be performing for crowds in the grandstands on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available online at


Driver Turnover Climbed [b]in First Quarter

The driver turnover rate of large truckload carriers (those with more than $30 million a year in annual revenue) climbed six percentage points from the prior quarter to a rate of 94 percent, according to the American Trucking Associations' quarterly report.

The turnover rate at large truckload fleets was 20 percentage points higher than the same quarter in 2017.

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello says the climbing turnover rate is "consistent with continued tightness in the market for drivers."

"Anecdotally, carriers do continue to struggle both recruiting and retaining quality drivers," he says, "leading to increasing wages. The tight driver market should continue and will be a source of concern for carriers in the months ahead."

The turnover rate at small truckload carriers (those with less than $30 million in annual revenue) fell from the prior quarter, but was up 7 points from last year's first quarter. Turnover rate at small truckload carriers was 73 percent.

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