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San Francisco firm set to land towing contract

June 6, 2013

San Francisco-based AutoReturn is in line for a five-year citywide towing-management contract after getting unanimous approval from the Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement.

The board voted Wednesday evening to allow code enforcement Director Rick Powers to sign the agreement, which will be effective July 1. The vote followed a closed-door session, which the board requested after members raised questions about the pending deal.

AutoReturn is a logistics company that will use local towing firms as subcontractors. The towing-management contract will replace the current multiple-territory-based agreements. The deal applies to city-ordered tows, which number about 29,000 per year.

Code enforcement spokesman Adam Baker said he could not reveal details of the contract or disclose the names of losing bidders until after it's signed.

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