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A power point presentation and discussion on the dangers of blood borne pathogens, being stuck with sharp objects and the crisis of being exposed to Fentanyl while doing a job will be the focus of “Avoiding Job-Related Health Hazards,” a seminar that will be a part of the Health, Safety and Wellness Conference at Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas. Don K. Hudson, owner of Troy Auto Care in Troy, Michigan, and captain of that city’s fire department will discuss how to avoid coming in contact with objects that can harm you and what to do in the event it happens. The Health, Safety and Wellnes
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingFebruary 21 - February 27, 2018

17 Charged in Tow Crime Ring

New York law officials announced the takedown of what they called an illegal monopoly that dominated the city's towing industry. Seventeen defendants allegedly played a role in a scheme Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said created an illegal business model. From 2015 to 2017, investigators said the ringleader worked to root out and restrict competition in the towing industry across the city. He allegedly managed a fraudulent monopoly in the industry by creating shell companies, obtaining false licenses with the city and giving the appearance others were owners. Source:
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Burrowes’ Truck Art Clinics at AT Shows

The towman's "Picasso," Cecil Burrowes, will be on hand at all three 2018 American Towman trade shows instructing attendees on the intricacies of tow truck art. Burrowes' art has appeared on many award-winning trucks at industry trade shows, and he is the artist who painted Spirit, the iconic casket of the Spirit Ride. He will be making show floor presentations in a big screen, mini-theater setup, giving business owners a chance to learn more about the processes and compare which is best for them. Two revolving mini-clinics will be presented: 1) the process of airbrushing and finishing a hand painting design on a truck; and, 2) comparing the hand-painting process to a digital wrap, and the value of each. Check each AT Show site for updates.
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ECCO Redesigns Website

ECCO Safety Group debuted a new website to showcase its commercial vehicle safety solutions and emergency safety systems. "ESG's new website showcases our comprehensive breadth of product line and our commitment to exceeding industry standards," said Doug Phillips, CEO. "The new website is a true reflection of our company's successful growth in countries around the world." The company said visitors will now have a much more informative experience as they learn about its commercial vehicle and emergency brands: ECCO and Code 3. Source:
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Will present art processes and options in mini-theater setup
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ECCO Redesigns Website
Company said visitors will have a more informative experience

Online Registration Now Open

Online registration is now open for American Towman's Tow Industry Week. The show, taking place May 9-12 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, will offer multiple conferences, AT's legendary hospitality, special events and the American Towman ShowPlace, featuring the industry's top suppliers.

Once again, the California Tow Truck Association will hold its annual convention at South Point as part of Tow Industry Week and the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas.

Aside from the exhibits, conference seminars and hospitality, the 2018 Expo will include training, demonstrations and celebrations. The hotel and casino itself features a movie theater, bowling lanes, cabaret club, live Las Vegas shows and great restaurants.

Register today to be a part of all the excitement at

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• February 21 - February 27, 2018

Great Effort!

Regular readers of this column know that for the past four years I have championed towing companies getting media recognition for the hard work they do. During that time, I've also acknowledged towing companies and associations that have their communications "thing" together, whether it's exemplified on their websites or via their self-generated newsletters.

One towing company that I would certainly like to acknowledge is Nick's 24-Hour Towing Service, owned by Nick Testa in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Joyce Powers, the advertising director for Nick's, does a real bang-up job with the company's periodic newsletter. It features towing tips, driving tips for customers, recoveries, employee recognition, customer testimonials and more. Its layout and four-color production is very appealing to the eye.

It's a tremendous marketing tool. No wonder that the nearly 45-year-old company is one of the most successful towing and recovery companies in the region.

If your company isn't doing something to market itself, you may want to take a page from Nick's and get the word out about the great work that you do.

Meanwhile, here's to a great effort by Nick's 24-Hour Towing Service!

--Charles Duke
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Managing Editor: Brendan Dooley
ATTV Editor & Anchor: Emily Oz
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Tow Illustrated Editor: George L. Nitti

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