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Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Referring to an article in the current issue of Tow Times magazine, at least one autoclub reports that the majority (55 percent) of their calls now requires a tow due to a mechanical breakdown. This, of course is inconsistent with times past when another club […]



T & R Distributors

Feb 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

If you’ve followed my writings over the past dozen or so years you remember that wrecker equipment was first sold either direct or through a third party such as an automotive parts house. But several innovative Holmes distributors such as Weeks Equipment in Tampa and […]



Hooray

Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

This morning the temperature dropped to 15 degrees on my back porch and that’s unusually cold for central Texas. The cold is the result of the second Polar Vortex, or whatever they call it, that has invaded North America this winter. However, as I light […]



Which Paint Job?

Jan 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

It’s 6:00 a.m. and our trash collector is out running his rounds in an ugly, muddy truck that makes a terrible amount of noise at this hour of the morning. I’ve noticed that in the northeast U.S. the trash collecting business seems to be dominated […]



Competition

Jan 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

It’s challenging to compete with somebody who’s in the process of going broke and doesn’t even know it. Unfortunately, far too many towers are caught in that process since up to a quarter of their competitors can come and go annually. So just how can […]



Two Harry’s

Jan 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

One of my very favorite topics is the towing museum in Chattanooga. Cheryl Mish is the Executive Director and is largely responsible for managing the program’s success. Today, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. includes a museum chuck full of […]



Celebration

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

We have children and grandchildren scattered across Texas from north to south to the Gulf coast, so getting together for the holidays has always been tricky. But this year we tried something new. Everybody celebrated their holiday at their respective homes with friends and family […]



New Neighbors

Dec 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In the late 60s we moved from the Mississippi coast to Sherman, Texas in order to be more centered in my territory. (Besides, Sherman was only ten miles from Lake Texoma, a racing destination for sailors all across America.) The first factory demo I bought […]



Gin Pole

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Just a few words to offer some background information on the sometimes-tawdry reputation of T & R: As the automobile industry emerged early in the 20th century, there were no salvage yards standing by to process wrecked vehicles. Neither were there suitable vehicles for recovery […]



Saving Lives

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Every month one or more towers are killed in the line of duty. The most familiar scenario is working alongside a freeway or busy highway to retrieve or load a casualty. Having been caught in this situation I can appreciate the need to keep one […]