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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 21 - June 27, 2017

Liam's Little Truck

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The death of Liam W. Orum at only 1-1/2 years old led to a tow truck dedicated to his memory. According to his grandfather Walter Orum, Liam was an easy-going child who endeared himself to anyone who was in his company.

"Liam was born with tumors and his premature death was due to a combination of factors, including seizures, liver and heart problems, as well as the tumors," said Orum. "Half his life was spent in a hospital. He passed away on May of 2014. He was my only grandson."

Around that time, Orum, who owns A+ Towing, took possession of a sharp-looking, all-red 2015 Ford F-550 with a Chevron 512 tow body. Orum picked it up in Oregon and drove it back to Sheridan, Wyo., where the company is based alongside his other company, Eastside Towing.

"We had an older truck which we were looking to replace," he said, "and purchased this new one four months before he passed. Who doesn't love a brand new tow truck? It carries its own weight. It does everything it's supposed to do."
Upon Liam's passing, a design for the truck was born and wrapped with the help of ABC Signs.

Front and foremost are the words related to Liam. On the side cab, it states "In memory of Liam W. Orum," giving his birth and death dates. The boom is emblazoned with the words "Mr. Man," a name Liam was referred to by his family. The front hood show's the truck's name: "Liam's Little Truck."

Adding to the poignant memoriam of Liam is the truck's fine design, weaving in elements of color and design. On the side doors is the A+ Towing company logo. Interestingly, this logo blends nicely with the memoriam as the "+" sign in the logo is shaped in the form of the holy cross, giving even greater reverence to the theme of this truck.

Further tying elements together is the design of a peeled away paint job, with jagged and sharp edges, showcasing black and silver chains, which stand out nicely against the red truck.

And the family has been blessed with the news that Orum's son Cameron and his wife are expecting another child in December!

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New Year, New Look

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By George L. Nitti

Cityscapes, artistic representations of urban landscapes, are a common theme found on tow trucks. One benefit is that it helps to cover some of the spacious real estate on the side of a wrecker, potentially giving it a visually compelling image.

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary in April, Capital Towing & Recovery of Columbus, Ohio, decided to change up their branding with a makeover on their 2005 Kenworth T800/Century 35-ton.

As part of the makeover, they added a realistic looking cityscape across the unit's side and changed their colors from red, black and white to black, green and white.

"We wanted to switch up our branding because there were a number of other companies with the same colors," said Chad Harris, VP. "We're the first to have a full wrap. It took about a year to find the right graphic company, which we found in Akron, Ohio. We made a video and called it 'New Year, New Look.' "

The company name is written with creative flair on the side of the unit accentuated by green striping. The hood is enhanced with metallic effects and is a work of art.
Both Chad and his brother Brandon, company owner, were born in Columbus and feel a strong loyalty to the city they serve. It's a rapidly growing city due to an influx of high-tech businesses, a university and several big insurance companies.

"Being born here was one factor why we went with a cityscape," Harris said. "The company was named 'Capital' because Columbus is the capital of Ohio."

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