It was 1968 when Bob and Leanne Butzlaff moved to California to continue with Bobs dream of owning a gas station and automotive repair facility, this after a tornado completely destroyed Bobs service station in Charles City Iowa.
Upon establishing his service station business in Indio, Bob soon became a sought after and trusted mechanic. With the automotive shop continuing to prosper and grow, Bob saw this as an opportunity to invest in a tow truck to compliment his repair facility.
Initially Bob bought his first tow truck for the purpose of better servicing his loyal customers, but like his reputation as a fair and honest mechanic word quickly spread that you could call Bob day or night for a tow and be treated fairly.
It was during those early towing days, that Bobs youngest son Trent would do everything in his power to ride shotgun with his dad in a tow truck starting at around age 5.
Throughout the 1980’s Plaza Towing continued to grow in size, as local law enforcement, business and auto clubs regularly called on plaza Towing for service. It wasn’t long before Trent reached the age of sixteen and without hesitation resigned his position as gas station attendant at the family gas station and assumed the title of tow operator.
In 1989 after graduation from high school, Trent was ready to make towing a career, but dad had other ideas and fortunately dad convinced Trent to attend college to obtain a degree, with the promise that if Trent still had a desire to return to towing after college he could do so.
In 1992 after completing a Bachelor of Science in business management Trent approached his father about assuming management of the towing operation which now had grown to six trucks.
In 2004 after spending the last 12 years expanding the business from 6 trucks to over 16 trucks Trent purchased the towing operation from his parent Bob and Leanne.
At the present time, Trent and Kathy have successfully grown Plaza Towing into the Coachella Valley’s premiere towing service, and one of the largest towing firms in Southern California. Today Plaza Towing consist of over 30 trucks consisting of light, medium, heavy duty and lowboy trailer service with two valley locations Indio and Palm Desert. Trent and Kathy equate their success to great employees, and a commitment to providing quality affordable service.