Auto Laundry News - August 2011

Industry Newsline


Grimes, IA-based Ryko Manufacturing Company Inc. has prevailed in its legal action against its former distributor Nationwide Wash Systems Inc. of Minnesota.

The two-year-long case stemmed from both Nationwide’s failure to pay on unpaid account balances and interest on goods purchased by Nationwide and whether Ryko owed Nationwide rebates and credits under the terms of the distribution contract between the two parties.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa ruled in Ryko’s favor in each instance. In addition, the court denied all of Nationwide’s counter claims, including the allegation that Ryko had breached its 2008 distributorship agreement with Nationwide.

Steven L’Heureux, Ryko’s president and CEO, commented, “This case was important in assuring that our rights were identified and protected, especially as it relates to the enforceability of our distributor contracts.”


Adam Korngold (left) with Curt Spalding, EPA’s New England regional administrator.

The New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Adam Korngold’s Waves Car Wash in West Roxbury, MA with an Environmental Merit Award. The award was presented at a special ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Korngold, the current vice president of the New England Carwash Association (NECA), was a guest of honor at the event, and his family, friends, and colleagues attended to celebrate.

Waves Car Wash was recognized for its exceptional work and commitment to the environment in 2010.

Owner Adam Korngold was applauded for his commitment to promoting the use of green technology. For example, Wave Car Wash installed a $220,000 PV system to generate 20 percent of its electrical needs and celebrated going green by hosting an environmental fair to demonstrate the PV technology. The wash also uses energy-efficient motors tied to variable frequency drives, a water reclamation system that significantly reduces water consumption, and LED lighting throughout the facility.


The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey’s (CWONJ) 11th Annual Golf Outing on June 13 at Suburban Country Club in Union, NJ, raised $5,000 for The Children’s Specialized Hospital. The CWONJ has been raising money for the hospital since 2004 and to date has raised $32,555.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the country’s largest pediatric rehabilitation facility with locations throughout New Jersey and treats more than 16,000 children each year from all over the country. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, and other ailments

The association’s next event, “Exploring Groupon and Other Social Media Concepts with Adam Korngold,” is slated for November 8 at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe. For more information visit


The Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA) has announced that Emily Detz of Columbia, PA, and Michael Cullen of Newington, CT, are the 2011 recipients of the Kenneth M. Gustafason Sr. Scholarship award.

Detz just graduated from Columbia Jr./Sr. High School with a 4.0 GPA and a ranking of second in her class. She will be attending Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate Studies in University Park, PA. Detz is affiliated with Kleen-Rite Corporation in Columbia, PA.

Cullen has completed his studies at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT, and has been accepted into the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut — Greater Hartford Campus. Cullen has been an employee of Mr. Sparkle Car Washes in the greater Hartford market for more than a year.

The Kenneth M. Gustafson Sr. Scholarship is awarded to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education for those associated with the car wash industry. The CCA awards two $1,000 scholarships each year. To date, the association has awarded $16,000 in scholarships. For more information on the CCA visit


The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) filled three Empire Party Suites at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows, NY June 17 for its annual trip to the ballpark to cheer on the New York Mets. The Mets were not victorious, however, with a 4-3 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

In addition to occupying three private Empire Party Suites, the nearly 80 attendees mingled, enjoyed food and drink, and got to watch the game with a birds-eye view of the spectacular stadium in an air-conditioned setting.

The association’s next event is October 19 in Albany and features a car wash tour and presentation by Grace For Vets founder Mike Mountz of Cloister Car Wash. For more information visit


Brianna Trafton, an employee of Blue Cow Carwash in Anacortes, WA and a graduating senior at Anacortes High School, has been awarded the 2011 Larry Harrell Scholarship by the International Carwash Association™ (ICA) to support her college education.

Trafton has an outstanding academic record and was an active student representative to the Anacortes School Board over the 2010-2011 school year. In addition to her academic and community activities, she has studied ballet for 14 years. She will be attending New York University in the fall with an interest in studying Business and International Relations.

The ICA presents the $1,000 Larry Harrell Scholarship each year to an employee or a family member of an employee of an ICA-member car wash or manufacturing and supply company. The recipient must be a graduating high school senior or recent graduate who is enrolled at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. To learn more about the ICA, visit


For the entire month of May, select Super Wash® car washes hosted a FoodRaiser to raise money for local food pantries. Collectively, $42,550 was raised with an average donation of $250 made to each participating food pantry. All of the money raised will stay in the local community to benefit local families.

Founded by Bob and Mary Black in 1976, Super Wash is the nation’s largest car wash franchisor/operator with 305 locations in 21 states. Visit for more information.


The International Detailing Association (IDA) has launched its Certified Detailer program. The multi-phased program evaluates and develops a detailer’s technical knowledge and proficiency. Successful completion of the first phase, consisting of 10 written exams, will grant the detailer the title of IDA Certified Detailer (IDA-CD). Successful completion of a higher-level second phase, consisting of advanced written exams and hands-on assessments, will award the detailer a title of IDA Master Detailer (IDA-MD).

According to IDA president Keith Duplessie, “The Certified Detailer Program is the first independent program of its kind. It is a cooperative effort led by the industry’s leading manufacturers and professionals and, unlike many other programs, it is process specific not product specific.”

The certification program is available to IDA members and non-members alike. For more information or to download the application form, visit or email

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