Celebrating 45 Years

May 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

The Wisconsin Towing Association is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Our theme is “45 Years of Towing Pride.”

Ten towers from all over the state gathered at an informational meeting on June 7, 1967, in Madison, Wis. They formed a temporary board of directors and called their new association the Wisconsin Towing Service Operator’s Association.

A letter to operators of towing and wrecking services in Wisconsin was sent out on June 30, 1967. The letter began with “Are you satisfied with your present business? Are you interested in protecting your investment? Are you anxious to work with your fellow operators in improving the conditions in the towing service industry? If you are, you will be anxious to attend a special meeting scheduled as follows…”

I think we could use this same open invitation to towers in 2012. It seems the towing industry still faces many of the challenges it did back in 1967. Thank goodness for the vision of those ten towers who wanted to do something about them.

One of the best decisions the Board of Directors made happened when the Association decided to merge with the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association. This allowed the Association greater efforts in lobbying for better legislation related to the towing and trucking industry. In 1971, the Association changed its name to the Wisconsin Towing Association.

The founding members of the Wisconsin Towing Association felt a need for a united approach to the industry problems, to improve their conditions and public image, and to eliminate abuses within the industry. It was also formed to promote greater safety on the streets and highways of the state by the motoring public and commercial vehicle operators. They wanted the Association to be the leader and voice for all Wisconsin towing service operators. Their motto was “There is great strength when all towers pull together.”

Why join your state or national towing association? I believe that motto says it all.