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August 4-6, 2016
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Individual clubs will present specifics on how to get paid during the Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs Conference at Tow Expo. Each session will feature presentations as to what is required, time frames, proper invoicing procedures and other pertinent information regarding expediting payment to your company. Motor clubs making presentations include FleetNet, NSD, GEICO, Pinnacle Motor Club, Road America and USAC/MD. The Getting Paid by the Motor Clubs Conference will take place during Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas Aug. 4-6.
Kenworth Plant Honored
The Kenworth Truck Co. assembly plant in Renton, Wash., recently received a Gold Award from the King County (Wash.) Industrial Waste Program that annually honors local facilities whose business practices contribute to protecting regional water quality. Kenworth-Renton received the award for wastewater compliance covering discharge, permit, ordinance, reporting, self-monitoring, and King County monitoring. In addition, the plant currently holds a Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction Award presented in 2015 by King County's Solid Waste Division.
From the American Towman News Bureau
Attempted Battery on Repo Agent
Andrew Davis. Photo credit: San Juan County Adult Detention Center
Farmington, N.M., police issued a warrant for a man on allegations he attempted to run over a repossession agent. Andrew Davis, 43, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Davis attempted to strike Dominic Good last Sunday with his vehicle, according to an arrest warrant. Good, an employee of PNR Services, told a deputy he attempted to repossess Davis' vehicle, but Davis fled the scene in the vehicle. Good pursued and confronted Davis at a gas station. He attempted to stop Davis from fleeing the scene by standing in front of his vehicle; but Davis again fled. Good was struck by the vehicle while jumping out of its path. Davis' bond was set at $5,000.
Hale is Talbert's Top Dealer
Talbert Manufacturing named Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel of Voorhees, N.J., as its top dealer for the eighth straight year. This award recognizes a Talbert dealer for high performance in selling trailers, service and parts. "Hale's talented team continues to provide customers with an array of stock trailers and rentals, along with superior parts and service. It's easy to see why they continue to lead our North American dealer network year after year," said Troy Geisler, Talbert VP of sales and marketing.
Attempted Battery on Repo Agent
N.M. man sought trying to run over agent
Kenworth Plant Honored
Renton, Wash., plant is wastewater compliant
Hale is Talbert's Top Dealer
Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel in N.J. is top performer

Records to be Set [b]at Expo

When tow bosses storm the open doors of Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth in a couple of weeks, they will be met by industry suppliers anxiously waiting for them; the suppliers include manufacturers of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis, and all the related equipment and services that towmen need to serve their customers.

The show floor and other events taking place during the show the first weekend in August promises to be packed with business activity and excitement.

A.T. Expo President Doc Calitri feels that Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth will set records.

"Tow Expo Dallas will open to a record number of exhibiting suppliers August 4-6 at the Arlington Convention Center," said Calitri. "An expected 130 exhibitors will be displaying their products and services to tow bosses in an event-packed weekend that will honor towing's 100th anniversary of the tow truck, a wrecker pageant that will also feature a custom car show, and a music-filled food truck festival to round out the final day of the show."

The weekend will feature a live product demonstration by Miller Industries on the last day of the show, Aug. 6.

Seven conferences will highlight Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth, including a two-day Repo Conference Aug. 5-6 and a Women's Conference, also on Aug. 6.

"All in all, this will be the largest and most-attended Tow Expo in the history of the event," Calitri said.

Online registration for Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth is available at

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Tow Vehicle Crashes

Towmen, I need your help.

When gathering news stories week after week, many of the stories are of motorists that crash into tow trucks. It happens with alarming regularity.

When there is a photo image of the crash available, for the most part it appears there's nothing wrong with the tower's positioning.

I ask you: What do you feel is the cause for this? Could the lighting be a distraction? Or is it just a case of distracted and disengaged motorists?

Send your thoughts directly to me at: I'd like to see if there is something we can do help lessen these occurrences.
--Charles Duke
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