Nonprofit trade association

Towing & Recovery Association of Maine


TRAM is a statewide nonprofit association of independent and competing businesses founded
in 1988 by a few dedicated men and women who realized that one company could do
little to alter the direction of their industry or to change any inequities that may arise.  Within two months, this group of twelve individuals were incorporated as TRAM and our membership drive
had begun. Officers were elected and committees were appointed.  TRAM has since been a viable trade association.

TRAM was formed to provide a means of unified effort in the solution of problems and
the administering of such action that may be deemed necessary towards the
progress of our industry.
Through our leadership, we have had the organizational capabilities to be an effective force towards the betterment of the towing industry, although we have lacked
the numbers and the financial resources to truly be 100% capable of reaching
our goals.

To further the progress of our organization we need your support. The more unified
we become, the more successful we will be. Membership does not cost – it pays.
Our various programs have, in most cases, have resulted in savings to our
members. We are confident that you and your business could also benefit from

Now is the time to assist your industry while helping yourself. Join TRAM – we need
your support.

The Towing and Recovery Association of Maine publishes regular news bulletins in
order to keep the membership informed.
Government relations are a vital and ongoing interest of TRAM through a legislative committee, we support state and federal legislation of benefit to the public and members, and maintain regular contact with key legislators and work closely
with various state agencies in the interest of the towing and recovery industry
throughout Maine.

TRAM sponsors and supports towing and recovery driver training schools throughout Maine in order to provide professionally trained and equipped service requested by law enforcement agencies and the public of Maine. Our goal is to provide professional, certified response to requests for help at the scene of an accident or other motoring needs. It is expected that all state and local agencies will require that all tow truck drivers will be certified as professionals. This is already in force by some local agencies to date.

18 Reasons to Join our Trade Association


1.  Advocacy

TRAM represents and supports the interests of you and your business.  And if our industry faces major threats, TRAM is there, fighting with you.

2.  Benefits

TRAM offers a variety of tangible benefits to members and their employees.

3.  Convenience

When you're facing a problem, isn't it great to be able to shop for a variety of solutions under one roof?  TRAM is a "one-stop" center for advice, contacts, inspiration and suggestions on a wide range of topics.

4.  Economy

Don't reinvent the wheel when it comes time to save money, consolidate an operation, or enhance efficiency.  Tell TRAM what you are trying to do and we can tell you if/how your peers have already done it!

5.  Friendship

TRAM members are people who have many  of the same concerns, needs and interests as you.  They're the kind of people you'll enjoy meeting.

6.  Happenings

TRAM sponsors, attends, and participates in thought-provoking, educational sessions led by successful peers, as well as, regionally and nationally recognized experts. We also offer a variety of enriching events and activities such as; monthly dinner meetings, trainings, conferences, annual trade expo, and more...

7.  Ideas

One of the most valuable benefits of association membership is the opportunity to "listen in" on the creativity of peers.  TRAM provides members with the opportunity to discuss their mutual problems and can often point you in the right direction of solutions and strategies.

8.  Joining

Together an association has a better chance of being heard.  By the public, government, and other professionals.

9.  Know-How

Got a problem?  TRAM can put you in touch with the individuals who have the "know-how" you need.

10.  Leadership

An association produces voluntary leadership that can make a difference.

11.  Management

An association is the most cost effective vehicle for managing industry-wide concerns and activities.

12.  Networking

Association events, meetings, member directories and website information exchange make networking a reality for you and your peers.

13.  Profit

Your ability to generate profit is one of your primary concerns. It’s every business owners primary concern.  TRAM’s trainings and programs are ultimately geared to help you survive and prosper by providing you with the tools and knowledge you need.

14.  Quality

The degree to which you are able to sustain high standards and customer service will strongly influence your ability to grow.  TRAM "doing things right".

15.  Unity

Membership gives you and your peers the opportunity to speak with a single voice on matters of importance to the towing industry.

16.  Vision

TRAM helps you visualize the opportunities which lie ahead

17.  Warnings

Bad news on the economic horizon?  The regulatory front?  In the course?  TRAM serves as an "early warning systems" for our members and help ward off potential industry-wide problems.

18.  Zest

There is something special about celebrating your success and triumphs with like-minded people, achieving recognition for the good work you've done, and of feeling the tremendous satisfaction of true accomplishment..