American Towman Magazine - September 2022

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The Walkaround Viva Las Vegas!

Dennie Ortiz Publisher

Vegas is a destination of great fun, entertainment and, of course, the American Towman ShowPlace happening this month: September 21 to 23. Easy to get to from all points in the country, the Vegas show is the perfect place to enjoy mixing business and pleasure. Your time is precious and it will be well spent networking with your peers, checking out what the latest towing’s top suppliers have to offer, and taking in a few conferences to keep your business growing. Join us in this industry celebration by registering at As labor shortages abound, now may be the perfect time to evaluate your organization to ensure you’re building a strong work environment with your current crew, while hiring the best possible candidates. Brian Riker in his piece “Dream Team,” offers several suggestions to create and maintain a team that will help your business succeed. A good example of what cohesive teamwork can accomplish, can be found in the recovery showcased in this issue. B&B Wrecker Service and Sky Towing, both out of Texas, combined forces for this challenging job involving a flipped high-capacity crane. As almost everyone is dealing with supply-chain issues, finding a tow truck to purchase requires some patience right now. During this waiting period, take the time to read through Randall Resch’s article that details the various factors to consider while choosing the right piece of equipment. Whether you’re attempting to buy a unit for a special niche that you’re trying to fill, or deciding between used or new, doing your research will help you to make the right decision. Closing out this issue, we have a unique My Baby featured this month. Go take a look at this showstopper from Binghamton, New York (pronounced bing·uhm·tn) and see if you agree. Hope to see you in Vegas and as always stay safe out there!

All Together Now!

Steve Temple Editor

Our cover theme this issue is all about the importance of teamwork, something that tow operators live by. Going solo just can’t cut it on a big recovery job, no matter how good you are. For comparison, everyone in a sports organization knows you don’t score points without an integrated group effort. Or just ask the Navy Seals about how that esprit de corps is an essential trait. So we recognize and appreciate towmen who can work together, not only when sweating the recovery of a big fracking crane on a hot summer day in West Texas, but also behind the scenes as Brian Riker’s “Dream Team” article points out. And also how Charles Scharff, this month’s “An American Towman,” treats his crew. We salute you!

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