Youngstown business owner inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame

Vaughn GobelAbove: Vaughn Gobel, vice president of Gobel’s Towing in Youngstown. Electronic image courtesy of TT Publications.

For nearly 30 years the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., has inducted into its Hall of Fame members of the profession who have distinguished themselves by substantial contributions and outstanding service to the towing and recovery industry.

In 2015 Vaughn Gobel of Gobel’s Towing in Youngstown was selected among nine inductees recently honored at a special event in Chattanooga. Gobel’s is a family-owned and -operated business since 1972. Once Gobel obtained his driving license, he convinced his dad they needed a tow truck to drum up work for the then auto body shop.

Today, Gobel is the company’s vice president. He insists that employees be Wreckmaster certified and continually update their certification. Gobel’s Towing often serves as the host of the training classes and Gobel himself is certified at level 6/7, the second highest level. In 2013, he was named Wreckmaster of the Year. Gobel also participates in training conducted by law enforcement, fire departments, task forces and the FBI for handling K-9s, wrecked cars and highrisk felony car stops, among others, respectively, by supplying the vehicles as well as the training location.

“This year’s inductees share a dedication to their state and local towing organizations as well as the national towing and recovery community,” said Troy Barnett, president of the towing and recovery museum.

Gobel currently is serving his second term as president of the Towing & Recovery Association of Ohio (TRAO). He and TRAO were involved in state bill HB274 involving the processing of abandoned/unclaimed motor vehicles, among other things. Gobel has worked on other towing-related legislation through the years.

Hall of Fame selection is based on product innovation, exemplary dedication, industry leadership and professional achievement. Nominations are now open for the Class of 2016, a year in which the towing and recovery industry will celebrate the centennial of commercial towing, which got its start in Chattanooga.

For more on the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, visit or contact Executive Director

Angela Roper at or 512-484-7928. Vaughn Gobel of Gobel’s Towing can be reached at 330-757-2128.

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