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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingNovember 30 - December 06, 2016

Towmen Remember Comrade

As the family of Danny Ray Hand held a private memorial service Saturday, his co-workers and friends remembered him in their own way with a memorial ride in his honor. Dozens of drivers brought their wreckers to participate in a processional down I-275 where Hand was hit and killed Nov. 26 by a suspected drunk driver. "When you lose somebody, especially a coworker that happens to be like a family member to you, it's a big loss," said Michael Locantore, of Crockett's Towing where Hand worked. Source:
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Widow Michelle Homkey holds award. image.

Homkey Honored Posthumously

Six people were honored for exceeding expectations to put their service above themselves in Montgomery County, N.Y., Thursday night. In a special recognition, towman Jamie Homkey received the "First Responder of the Year" award posthumously. Homkey, a tower from Canajoharie, lost his life Oct. 10 while he was responding to a disabled vehicle on the New York State Thruway. "Jamie was the type of member that every department hopes for and exhibited great loyalty to help the community," County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said. He added that Homkey's death has placed an emphasis on the Move Over law. Source:

Driverless Cars Towing at Plant

Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships. The Japanese automaker thinks the technology will, in the long run, save costs and boost efficiency. The tests also can add to knowledge needed to take such autonomous driving onto public roads. Nissan executive Haruhiko Yoshimura said the automaker hoped to use the technology throughout the Oppama plant by 2019, and in overseas plants in the future. Source:
Homkey Honored Posthumously
Late towman named “First Responder of the Year” in N.Y.
Towmen Remember Comrade
Dozens of Fla. towmen honor the late Danny Hand
Driverless Cars Towing at Plant
Nissan plant in Japan shows what new technology can do
American Towman Exposition XXVIII Gallery

Towmen Rain Praise on AT Expo

Not since the very first American Towman Exposition in 1989, when the show's success caught the industry by surprise, have so many attendees expressed their appreciation for the moment. In short, the Greatest Show of All Time lived up to its billing for thousands of tow business owners and the 250 exhibitors inside the Baltimore Convention Center this past weekend.

The highlights of the event are too many to list here, but here are a few standouts: the "100 Years" song performed at the Centennial Celebration saluting 100 years of towng; the sheer immensity of the show that took up the entire convention center for the first time in the show's 28 year run, from the exhibit hall, through the new Garage District to the American Wrecker Pageant that wowed the crowd; one military wrecker and one homemade light duty rotator representative of a most unique Pageant.

Towers came from all 50 states and some 21 nations. One American Towman Medal winner travelled from Australia to receive towing's most prestigious honor. Total attendance surpassed last year's all-time high by150 people, over 14,000 in all over the three day showing of exhibits.

Century 1150 & 1150R

century3456 25b33Century's 1150 features 360° of continuous boom rotation, a three-stage recovery boom, optional deck and turret mounted winches and field tested and proven SDU-4 underlift. The 1150 technology is also available in the Century 1150R that features a unique patented roller system that allows the boom to travel up to 60". Get a closer look at these and other Miller Industries products at the American Towman Exposition, Nov. 18-20, Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
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Emily Oz Reports • November 30 - December 06, 2016

Thank You

We had another great weekend this year in Baltimore, Md., as American Towman Exposition XXVIII was enjoyed by one and all.

Many attendees approached our staff with expressions of gratitude for acknowledging the hard-working men and women who labor to keep our roads clear from accidents big and small.

One particular moment that meant a lot to me personally came from Lincoln (Ill.) Rural Fire Protection District Chief Chris Buse and Asst. Fire Chief Ryan Sheley. They traveled all the way to Baltimore to participate in the Towman Order ceremony, pinning new Captain Robert Gaston of RBC Towing & Recovery in Lincoln, Ill. Both Buse and Sheley stated how great it was that towmen got the recognition that they deserve from their often-underappreciated job they do.

I heard comments like that all weekend from towmen and guests alike, and each time it brought a smile to my face.

But, "it takes two to tango," and on behalf of American Towman magazine and Tow Industry Week, I would just like to thank the men and women of our fantastic industry for its support. It doesn't happen without you.
--Charles Duke
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