AW Direct Donates $$10,000 to Survivor Fund

    AW Direct donates to Survivor FundThe International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that AW Direct, a leading direct marketing company providing equipment and supplies to the towing and service vehicle market, presented a donation of $10,000 to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund. The funds will provide financial support to families of those lost in the line of service.

    Tom Welsh, Brand Manager for AW Direct said, “It is a great honor for our organization to support the Survivor Fund, and we are proud to support the towing industry with this donation.”

    The Survivor Fund helps provide immediate financial help to families affected by tragedy in the line of service. The entire AW Direct team is proud to be a part of this great initiative. They know that people depend on the towing community, and they’re proud to show their support. (more…)

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    80-year Celebration

    Parker Service Inc.Parker Service Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and for arriving media representatives covering the event, the Parker Service crew set up this display — a 2014 Kenworth T800 twin-steer with a Century 75-ton rotator lifting a 2006 Ford F-550 with a Century 311 Express.

    A resulting newspaper article noted that while today Parker Service Inc. is the largest towing company in northeast Indiana running 73 trucks — all Miller Industries equipment — with a long, rich history in the Ft. Wayne area, the company’s humble beginnings started in 1934 when Homer Parker opened a small gas station/grocery store with a one-bay auto repair shop. His son Larry Parker took over in 1954, adding a bay to the repair shop and purchasing the company’s first tow truck with “a shotgun, movie projector and a small loan from his brother.”

    Larry Parker (pictured in photo) grew the business and in 2008, his son Dan Parker took over. Today, Dan is president and Larry Parker is vice-president.

    Coverage of the 80th anniversary has been positive and the Parkers are pleased with the recognition of this special milestone.

    “It made my dad feel good, and that’s what it’s all about,” says Dan Parker. “I owe it all to him.”


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    Luca“My name is Luca. I’m a five-year old German Shepherd and I go to work with my mom and dad, Robert and Danielle Yoho.

    “I get to play in the impound, nap in the office, occasionally chase Daisy the office cat and go on calls.

    My favorite thing (besides a treat) are the words ‘load up.’”

    Yoho’s Automotive & Towing

    Pinellas Park, Fla.


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Industry News

WTRAA Names 2014 Tow Woman of the Year

WTRAA Tow Woman of the YearEach year, the Women of Towing & Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) presents the Tow Woman of the Year award —the highest honor WTRAA bestows on its members — to an industry advocate in recognition of her commitment to the goals of WTRAA and efforts to improve the towing industry in general. On September 19 this year’s “crown” was awarded to Gaynell (Gay) Rochester.

According to a WTRAA press release, “Gay has been involved in the towing industry for over 32 years and during that time has worn many hats and served in many capacities giving her a well-rounded prospective on our industry. Her mission is to do her part to improve the towing industry for everyone and our future generations.

“Gay developed the Towing Program for Interstar Fleet Services and serves as its general manager. She also consults as a Transportation Incident Management Specialist to governmental and private agencies in regard to operations, safety, crash clearance and towing best practices. In an effort to provide solutions, Gay’s company Middle Ground Resolutions works with transportation, insurance and towing companies facilitating communication and better understanding. She and her husband run a successful towing business in North Carolina.

“Gay has been an active member of WTRAA for many years and now serves as its second vice president. In an effort to raise awareness of WTRAA and the WTRAA Education/Scholarship Fund, Gay turned her love of all things Christmas into a WTRAA fundraiser. Each year the holidays arrive just a bit early in Baltimore and all are marveled by her annual Holiday Spectacular Open House display.

“Education is a priority for Gay. The WTRAA Business Development Series came out of a casual conversation and she went on to chair the committee. Gay graciously sponsored three of these successful seminars that covered a variety of topics most importantly focusing on women.”


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    From our latest issue

    Changing a Car Battery

    By Edward D. Johnson

    Editor’s Note: The following article is a more in-depth version of the October issue Tow Times Learning Center topic: Basics of Towing: Changing a Car Battery.

    Back in the “good old days” it was easy to change a car battery. You simply disconnected the negative battery cable, the positive battery cable, the battery hold down bracket and pulled out the old battery. You installed the new battery, and then connected the battery cables and bracket. Then, off you could go. Does it work like that now? Most car batteries are still changed the same way but things can get a bit more complicated and expensive with some cars. One mistake can cost you several hundred dollars. (more…)

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