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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 12 - December 18, 2018

Agero Names Horvat as COO

Agero Inc. has announced George Horvat will be its new Chief Operations Officer. Horvat will be responsible for end-to-end operations of network and contact center functions, including management of its ecosystem of thousands of service providers. He brings more than 25 years of Fortune 500 experience as a results-driven executive in manufacturing, quality and maintenance, with exceptional accomplishments in strategic planning, lean optimization, profit and loss, price/cost management and sales and marketing. Source:
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Second Alabama Move Over Awareness Rally

The second annual Move Over Awareness Rally brought towmen and first responders together in Hueytown, Alabama, recently to remind drivers to obey the law.
The event started in 2017, one year after tower John Hubbard was killed while helping change a tire on I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa County. His family doesn't want this tragedy to fall on another family. "The law not being followed took our brother away," said Jared Hubbard, "I mean, it just makes me sick to my stomach when I don't see somebody move over." The rally brought out towing companies from across central Alabama and first responders. They started in Hueytown and traveled to Tuscaloosa reminding drivers of the importance of obeying the move over law. Source:

Towman Helps Corral Dogs [b]on I-17

A pack of pooches had drivers hitting the brakes on a Phoenix, Arizona, interstate. Six stray dogs wandered onto I-17, though passing vehicles did not injure any. They scampered all over the road as police kept drivers away. A towman and a trooper managed to eventually get the dogs off the highway and into a nearby parking lot. Several people saw what was going on, and helped corral four of the dogs; two others got away. Source:
Second Alabama Move Over Awareness Rally
Towmen, first responders across Central Alabama participated
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Towman Helps Corral Dogs on I-17
Police, other motorist also assist to get them off the Interstate

B&B’s Bill Bottoms Dies

Tow industry icon William "Bill" Bottoms, 77, passed away at his home Dec. 7. He suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week.

Bottoms owned B&B Industries in Elkhart, Indiana, and was the former owner of Challenger Manufacturing. In 1987, he was inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame.

A statement on the company's Facebook page said:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I write these words tonight. Unfortunately, B&B Industries has lost its beloved founder and owner Bill Bottoms. Bill has passed away suddenly after suffering a massive stroke Sunday night. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. He was a true legend in the towing industry, a creative innovator, and a great leader. The entire Bottoms family thanks all of you for your prayers and support."

Bottoms' funeral is today (December 10), 2 p.m. at McGann Hay Granger Chapel in Granger, Indiana. The family asked for those wishing to make memorial donations to consider St. Joseph County Humane Society in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Ignorance Across the Airwaves

It's been a very long time since I've listened to morning radio—and I've never been a fan of the so-called "shock jocks." Oftentimes, in an effort to be controversial, some morning jocks will make statements that are offensive and ill-informed, and they help play a negative role in the nation's discourse.

A morning radio personality in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in a local newspaper bashing the Move Over law. Judi Franco, co-host of New Jersey WKXW's Dennis & Judi Show, wrote:

"It's a silly law that requires a driver to move over when they see police, maintenance, tow truck and other emergency vehicles and personnel on the shoulder. Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road. If you can move over safely, you probably will. But it's not always safe to ... A dead cop is sad. But a horrible tragedy doesn't warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce."

I'd like for Franco to display such a cavalier attitude to the law in front of the families of cops, towmen, firemen and other first responders that have been killed due to motorists not pulling over. Did those obeying the law perhaps delay her the day she wrote this, causing her to pass up getting her morning latte as she was running late for her show?

In the four years I've been back in the industry, this is the very first time I've heard anyone speak out against the Move Over law. I hope it is the very LAST time I hear such ignorance.

--Charles Duke
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Python Introduced at [b]AT Expo

DSC 0005 87fa2Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing introduced its new light-duty Python at the American Towman Exposition XXX last month.

The new Dynamic Python light-duty unit has a 5,000-lbs. wheel lift with 84" of reach. The Python boom has a vertically mounted single-deck cylinder for a quicker hookup. The boom is mounted right next to the cab and dropped below the deck, providing more visibility and reduces weight transfer to the rear wheels.

This new design keeps more weight on the front axle, which provides increased stability. The company said the Python comes with the largest toolboxes in the industry and has easy access to the hydraulics.

The Python comes standard with an all-steel one-piece body; lighter, rust-resistant poly fenders are an option. The Dynamic Python is available as a wheel lift, drag winch, or with a recovery boom with single- or dual-winch options.
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