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Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio / TRAO

Towing and Recovery Association of Ohio / TRAO T.R.A.O. is the largest and oldest towing association in Ohio.

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Thank you to everyone who could attend the TRAO Christmas Party !! We had a great time and it was such a pleasure gettin...
01/12/2023

Thank you to everyone who could attend the TRAO Christmas Party !! We had a great time and it was such a pleasure getting to have fun and socialize with everyone !

Robert Pancake's wife sent me a message that she would like to share with everyone...... "The family of Robert Pancake (...
01/12/2023

Robert Pancake's wife sent me a message that she would like to share with everyone......

"The family of Robert Pancake (Valley View) would like to express our thanks to TRAO and the many towing companies who came to celebrate Robert's life. We appreciate you taking the time out of your day and traveling to this small town to be part of the procession or to pay your respects. Robert valued the many friendships he made through the organization. He would be so humbled. - Mimi -"

Come out and have a great time with us !! You do not have to be a member of TRAO to come. Also, suppliers and vendors of...
01/07/2023

Come out and have a great time with us !! You do not have to be a member of TRAO to come. Also, suppliers and vendors of the towing industry are welcome !! Can't wait to celebrate with each of you !! Prize for the best Christmas pajamas worn to the party !!!!

OHIO TOWING ALERT !!! This will also be posted on our website so that you may download the forms to help us collect the ...
01/06/2023

OHIO TOWING ALERT !!! This will also be posted on our website so that you may download the forms to help us collect the information needed to fight for you !!

01/06/2023

Line up for the Tow Truck processional for Robert Pancake are in the obituary in the previous post.

Robert Pancake, age 70, of Murray City, Ohio, passed away January 3, 2023 at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.Robert...
01/06/2023

Robert Pancake, age 70, of Murray City, Ohio, passed away January 3, 2023 at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Robert was born February 9, 1952 in Bailey Run, Ohio to Raymond Pancake and Helen Sanborn Pancake. He was a former board member of TRAO; was Assistant Fire Chief of the Murray Fire Department; member of The Trimble Masonic Lodge; member of the Murray City Eagles; and was owner of Valley View Auto Parts in Nelsonville.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years Rosemarie Pancake; brother Carl (Betty) Pancake of Buchtel; sisters, Wanda Pancake of Pancake Rd. and Peggy (Jim) Richards of Glouster; sister-in-law Teena (Ben) Blackburn of Carbon Hill; brother-in-law Richard Lanning of New Lexington; nephew Curt (Cindy) Pancake of Nelsonville niece Barbie Richards of Glouster; nephew Jimmy Richards of Glouster; special nieces like daughters Audra Huddy of Nelsonville, Kasee Lanning of Carbon Hill; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; baby sister Jean Marie; niece Misty Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00P.M., Saturday January 7, 2023 at the Brown Funeral Home, Murray City, Ohio with Trace Huddy officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville. LINE UP FOR THE TOW TRUCK PROCESSIONAL WILL START AT 11:30 AM.

Calling hours will be observed 10:30am-1pm Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Athens County Humane Society or to the Hocking County Humane Society.

LETTERS OF CONDOLENCE MAY BE SENT TO THE FAMILY AT THIS WEBSITE:
www.brownfuneralservice.net/condolences

01/05/2023

If anyone is booking a room to stay after the Christmas Party with the link I sent out to get the discount and has any problems, you can also call 937-283-3200 and select option 3. Then tell them it is for the TRAO Christmas Party and you will get the discounted room rate.

Don't miss this fun, family event !! Santa will be paying a visit also !! Can't wait to see everyone !! It's looking lik...
01/05/2023

Don't miss this fun, family event !! Santa will be paying a visit also !! Can't wait to see everyone !! It's looking like its gonna be a good turn out !! If you need a link to get a discounted room to stay on site that night, feel free to email me at [email protected] or text me your email address and I'll email you the link. 513-288-2273

01/03/2023

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Robert Pancake. Robert is the owner of Valley View Auto Parts & Towing in Nelsonville, Ohio. Robert had served on the board of TRAO for many years and has been a long-time member. Robert was driving his personal vehicle when an intoxicated driver hit him head-on. He was flown to a Columbus hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. More details to come as we receive information.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Richard "Rick" Vanoflen, heavy driver, who passed away Frid...
01/03/2023

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Richard "Rick" Vanoflen, heavy driver, who passed away Friday of a heart attack at age 49. He was employed by Fox Towing of Fairfield, Ohio. If anyone would like to make any contributions to assist his family with funeral expenses, please contact Andrew Boeppler of Fox Towing at 513-641-8334. Rick is the man standing in the blue shirt and shorts ready to get wet on a water job.

Happy New Year everyone! With that being said, let's do a roll call of members and see how many of the 88 counties our m...
01/01/2023

Happy New Year everyone! With that being said, let's do a roll call of members and see how many of the 88 counties our members represent. And... Go!

01/01/2023

Here's wishing each of you a SAFE, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS 2023 !!!!!

REMINDER...We look forward to seeing everyone on January 7th !! You can RSVP on this post if you would like! Please come...
12/29/2022

REMINDER...We look forward to seeing everyone on January 7th !! You can RSVP on this post if you would like! Please come and enjoy time with one another !! It is always a lot of fun !!

12/24/2022

SAFETY CHECK... Check in and let us know that you have and are surviving this awful weather safely !! If you have pictures of recoveries out in this nasty weather, we would like to see them !! Merry Christmas and please stay safe !!

Merry Christmas from TRAO !! Be very safe out there during the holiday and take extra precautions to go home safely each...
12/22/2022

Merry Christmas from TRAO !! Be very safe out there during the holiday and take extra precautions to go home safely each and every day!

*Updated Again* It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Clyde Werner, retired owner of the late We...
12/12/2022

*Updated Again* It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Clyde Werner, retired owner of the late Werner Service in Masury Ohio. We will update this post with more information as it becomes available. Please have Mr. Werner's family & friends in your prayers. 🙏
Calling hours are Friday December 16th from 11am to 1pm with a short service to follow at Briceland Funeral Home in Brookfield Ohio.
***All tow trucks planning on showing support for Mr. Werner are asked to park around the green, on the left side of the road, in the square of Brookfield. Tow trucks will be holding the flag at Route 7 & Grove Street. No procession will take place as Mr. Werner is not leaving the funeral home.***

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE*** The updated location for the Tow Truck staging is in the post below.Funeral and Tow Truck...
11/28/2022

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE*** The updated location for the Tow Truck staging is in the post below.

Funeral and Tow Truck Procession arrangements for Harry Myers of Bob Myers Towing, Owensville, Ohio are as follows:

Services will be held at the Maham Funeral Home, 187 North Second Street, Williamsburg, Ohio on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:30am. Visitation will be from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Tow Truck Procession: Trucks will start lining up at 10:30 am at the Williamsburg Fire Department - 915 W Main St, Williamsburg, OH 45176. Bruce Bender, TRAO Administrator will be at the entrance of the park to assist with lining up the trucks. Once everyone arrives at the burial grounds, trucks are welcome to turn up the drive way at Bob Myers home to park and attend. His drive way is straight across from the burial grounds. The drive is open at both ends for easy access. We ask that as many as can send a truck to participate in his honor, to please attend. If you have any questions, feel free to call 513-791-3555. Thank you!

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE*** The updated location for the Tow Truck staging is in the post below.Funeral and Tow Truck...
11/27/2022

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE*** The updated location for the Tow Truck staging is in the post below.

Funeral and Tow Truck Procession arrangements for Harry Myers of Bob Myers Towing, Owensville, Ohio are as follows:

Services will be held at the Maham Funeral Home, 187 North Second Street, Williamsburg, Ohio on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:30am. Visitation will be from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Tow Truck Procession: Trucks will start lining up at 10:30 am at the Williamsburg Fire Department - 915 W Main St, Williamsburg, OH 45176. Bruce Bender, TRAO Administrator will be at the entrance of the park to assist with lining up the trucks. Once everyone arrives at the burial grounds, trucks are welcome to turn up the drive way at Bob Myers home to park and attend. His drive way is straight across from the burial grounds. The drive is open at both ends for easy access. We ask that as many as can send a truck to participate in his honor, to please attend. If you have any questions, feel free to call 513-791-3555. Thank you!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Harry Myers (Bob Myers Towing) Owensville, Ohio. Tow truck ...
11/24/2022

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Harry Myers (Bob Myers Towing) Owensville, Ohio. Tow truck procession and funeral arrangements will be posted soon.

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***WE have had many towers reach out and let us know that they would not be able to attend th...
11/14/2022

***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***
WE have had many towers reach out and let us know that they would not be able to attend the Christmas Party in December because of other Christmas obligations sooooo.....We are changing the date so that we can ALL still get together and have a great time with one another. See the details below!!!!!

11/01/2022

Calling all towing family and first responders to a memorial procession for Sarah Case of Case towing. We will meet at rural king in Lebanon on deerfield rd at 12 noon Saturday the 5th of November and travel to Case towing for a memorial service and lunch all invited. Bring your tow truck fire truck or any other vehicle you wish. Any questions feel free to contact me. Hope to see you there.

Make sure to go enjoy this awesome event !!
10/19/2022

Make sure to go enjoy this awesome event !!

Mark your calendar for this good time!

10/16/2022

HONORING A LEGEND...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Virgil Mullins… Virgil Mullins who turned 90 years old on Thursday passed away Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022. Virgil owned and operated North Dayton Truck Service and Towing in Dayton Ohio for Fifty-one years. Virgil was very active in TRAO as he ran the yearly driving competition for the tradeshow for well over 20 years His funeral arrangements are as follow:

Viewing will be Thursday October 20 from 5 to 7 PM at Newcomer funeral home 4104 Needmore Road in Dayton. The funeral will be Friday morning October 21 at 11 AM. The final resting spot will be Dayton Memorial cemetery on N. Dixie Dr. at Benchwood Road. We are asking for all trucks to be in place by 10:45 AM Friday morning. Any questions contact Doug Thoma / Sandy’s Towing at 937-313-3642. Thank you in advance for all your consideration in helping with this.

Mark your calendar for this good time!
10/13/2022

Mark your calendar for this good time!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Tony Delmont !!
09/29/2022

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Tony Delmont !!

The towing & recovery industry is like no other. RIP Tony. 🙏
09/28/2022

The towing & recovery industry is like no other. RIP Tony. 🙏

***TOW TRUCK PROCESSION***Help give Mr. Delmont the send-off he deserves. Line-up is behind the Austintown Plaza at 11am...
09/26/2022
Tony Delmont Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

***TOW TRUCK PROCESSION***
Help give Mr. Delmont the send-off he deserves. Line-up is behind the Austintown Plaza at 11am Tuesday 9/27. ❤️

View Tony Delmont's obituary, contribute to their memorial, see their funeral service details, and more.

Another tow show in the books! We'd like to thank everyone, from vendors, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, to board memb...
09/25/2022

Another tow show in the books! We'd like to thank everyone, from vendors, attendees, volunteers, sponsors, to board members. Thank You!

You guy's sure know how to party! We'd like to thank each and everyone of you!
09/25/2022

You guy's sure know how to party! We'd like to thank each and everyone of you!

Miller Customer Appreciation night is 5pm to 7pm... come and enjoy!
09/24/2022

Miller Customer Appreciation night is 5pm to 7pm... come and enjoy!

We can't thank everyone enough for the support. Great turnout today!
09/24/2022

We can't thank everyone enough for the support. Great turnout today!

A great time with a great bunch of creative people !!!
09/24/2022

A great time with a great bunch of creative people !!!

Zack Attack has this party going tonight!
09/24/2022

Zack Attack has this party going tonight!

If you're still on the fence whether to come or not, you don't want to miss the fun!
09/24/2022

If you're still on the fence whether to come or not, you don't want to miss the fun!

09/23/2022
Paying our respect for those we have lost in the line of duty. 🙏
09/23/2022

Paying our respect for those we have lost in the line of duty. 🙏

Some of our many loyal vendors... thank you!
09/23/2022

Some of our many loyal vendors... thank you!

Where the cool kids are this weekend! 😎
09/23/2022

Where the cool kids are this weekend! 😎

🎶 80's party tonight (Friday) from 7pm to 11pm! See you there! 🎶 Thanks to our sponsors for making this happen!
09/23/2022

🎶 80's party tonight (Friday) from 7pm to 11pm! See you there! 🎶 Thanks to our sponsors for making this happen!

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Cincinnati, OH
45103

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The TRAO is the home organization for the trade show Midwest Regional Tow Show. "A Family Towing Affair" The state associations of Kentucky, TRAK and West Virginia are integral members of the Midwest Regional Tow Show

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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Thank you Bruce and the TRAO Board for posting various updates and info about the COVID battles. As well as on all the other items TRAO is working toward.
Has anyone used TowLien.com to start the process on vehicles not picked up? or do you use something different? Thanks!
Thanks for the cookie cutter at the Midwest Regional Tow Show! Burnworth’s Garage, Uniontown, PA
I have not received any information regarding the shipping information for my order, I responded by email but I’m not sure if it went to spam can you please advise.
TRAO is supporting HB384, a bill that would reduce the number of certified mailings required on private property tows from the current 3 certified mailings to 1, as it was for 30 years prior to SB 274. That is all the bill does. The used car dealers asked us to add mailing 1 regular stamp mailing to the bill. We agreed. It is a simple bill designed to save towers in our industry money, time, labor, and confusion. It will help keep towing companies compliant with the law by simplifying it. The bill does not change how long we must keep the car b4 filing for it, or anything else, just the number of certified mailings. The bill is currently in committee. In the entire state of Ohio, the only 2 who have opposed the bill are Senator Hughes, who is responsible for SB274, which he called the "predatory towing bill," and the other Ohio towing association, APTO.
If u are a member of APTO, please call your board of directors and convince them that they should support this bill, which will do nothing but save the members of our industry time, money, and aggravation.
I have spoken to several members of the APTO board and they say they are opposing this bill because that is what their members voted to do. I spoke to many APTO members who said they would never vote to oppose this bill.
I have listened to the APTO talking points. They say we are opening up a chance for legislators to add amendments that will hurt us. I have been assured by our lobbyist that will not happen. They say we shouldn't ask to have this changed because we agreed to it in HB 341. It was put in place in SB 274, which we all agree was not entirely in the towers best interest. We have already and continue to change some of the negative things that have come out of that bill. APTO board members say the towers are getting a raise, as soon as the PUCO approves it. So, this bill makes the towers look greedy, because we do not want to spend an extra $30 to $40 on the 2 extra certified mailings required to obtain an unclaimed title. First of all, the raise is not enough, as I, Tim Duffy, and the APTO attorney testified to in front of the PUCO hearing last week. The APTO attorney actually used the required new 3 letter mailing as evidence that we should receive a larger raise. The fact that we haven't received a raise in over 18 years, the extra requirements, and necessary expense of new technology, should be enough reason to keep us from looking greedy.
APTO board members say, APTO, (try to remember TRAO helped write the entire bill and helped get HB 341 passed) got the destruction only title put into law. The APTO board members say, " Just use the destruction only process to get your titles. It only requires 1 notice." What they don't tell u is, the law states the vehicle must be "impossible" to restore, in order to obtain a title for a vehicle this way. A low percentage of the vehicles we tow are "impossible" to repair. Most would cost way too much money to repair, but that is not the way the law is written. I fought against that language before HB 341 passed.
Another reason APTO board members give is this is a consumer protection issue. They don't tell u, this bill changes nothing about the length of time required to store the vehicle. If someone is missing a car, he/she knows his/her car is gone. If he/she can not find the vehicle, he/she can call the police, the towing company is required to call the impound into the police. If someone else had the car, one certified mail is enough, 2 and 3 notifications changes nothing. The law says you can file 60 days after the owner & lienholder receive the 1st notification.

It is my opinion( only an opinion) the reason APTO is opposing this bill is because they had nothing to do with it, so it will be harder for them to take full credit for getting it passed. In turn, if the bill fails, APTO will be able to say TRAO can not get a bill passed.
This is such a simple and harmless bill, the only reason it might not pass would be because Ohio's other towing association, APTO, is opposing it.
So, if you are an APTO member, ask your association to do what is best for the industry and support this bill, which will help its members and most towing companies in the industry. This is a chance to pass a good bill. Leave the egos at home. Don't just "not support" the bill, which was their earlier stance, until they saw the bill moving forward. Now APTO is actively opposing the bill.
At the very least, demand your board of directors send a vote out to the members and let the members decide whether to support a bill that will save them money, time, and aggravation.
Harry Johns HELL YOU CALLL THEM A BOUT A ROOM THEY WONT CALL YOU BACK THATS WRONG
My name is Karen Ross... I have 3 question...Is there a law a towing company have to do a title search on car within 72 hours of towing the car? Are there different fees for car tow off a private property in Kentucky vs.Ohio if SD o what are they? Finally is there a law in cinti & Ohio that business has to post there fees to the public? Thank you for assistance. My phone I can be contact is (859)912-8405
One question I have is this legal to haul a vehicle like this on a rollback and if not where do I find the law or code either Ohio or fmcsa stating that it’s not
Any possibility of flatbeds heading to Texas empty connecting with state or local Farm Bureau to aid in transporting donated round bales to Texas farmers?
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