Auto Laundry News - August 2012

Industry Newsline


SONNY’S Enterprises Inc., the largest manufacturer of conveyorized car wash equipment, parts, and supplies in the world, and Oasis Car Wash Systems Inc. have announced a new strategic relationship. Oasis will take possession of the assets of the in-bay division of SONNY’S, marketed under the BayWash brand.

“When we made the decision to dedicate all of our focus to supporting conveyorized car wash operators, the side of the industry where we have our roots, there was only one company we spoke with, and that was Oasis,” said Paul Fazio, CEO of SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory. “Theirs is a company similar to ours in that they are family operated and understand the importance of customer satisfaction,” continued Fazio. “Our companies share some distribution now and we will continue to grow those relationships to leverage the offerings of our companies to better service our clients’ needs.

Oasis president Stephen Wade said, “The BayWash [friction] line will fit perfectly with our other family of touch-free products like the Eclipse, Typhoon, and XP. Over the next few months we will work side by side with Sonny’s as we transition the BayWash line into our Midwest production facility.”

“We’ve worked hard to put in place the necessary resources to support existing BayWash operators while creating a strategic relationship with SONNY’S that will deliver better value to clients of both companies moving forward,” said Mitch Wade, vice president of Oasis.

To ensure a seamless transition, Oasis will begin servicing existing BayWash clients over the next few weeks while manufacturing will remain at SONNY’S until later in the year.


The Automotive Oil Change Association has announced the appointment of Scott Morrison of City Garage in Duncanville, TX to its board of directors. Morrison fills the vacancy created when Rick Price resigned to assume his position as Governor of Rotary for the state of Texas. The board unanimously approved Morrison’s appointment. He brings decades of automotive business experience and leadership to the table and will be a valuable asset and resource for the association. Morrison has been an active member in AOCA for many years and most recently chaired the Convention Committee.


The Connecticut Carwash Associations (CCA) has selected Kayla Millerick and Aryion Petrelle as its 2012 Kenneth M. Gustafson, Sr. Scholarship Award recipients, according to CCA Scholarship Chairperson, Paul Ferruolo. In doing so, the association has bestowed $20,000 in scholarships since the award’s beginning in 2003. Both students will receive a check from the CCA for $1,000 toward their tertiary education.

Millerick, who is a sociology major at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where she is on the Dean’s List with a 3.6 GPA, has done extensive volunteer work. She spent 10 months traveling with AmeriCorps, an
organization that helps those less fortunate. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2013 and continue her volunteerism.

Petrelle, who will be entering her freshman year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall, is an artist. She plans to major in fine arts. Petrelle is an employee of Splash Hamden. She has been a cashier, greeter, and most recently completed graphic work that has enhanced the site’s operation, according to Splash district manager Ron Manning.

The Kenneth M. Gustafson, Sr. Scholarship Award is given exclusively to CCA-member employees and their families. Recipients of the award are evaluated and chosen based on their high school standing, leadership capabilities, community involvement, strength of character, personal achievement, plan of study, and future goals. For more information visit


Washworld Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the addition of Big Man Washes to its U.S. distributor network. Located in Irving, TX, Big Man Washes will sell to and service customers in the areas of northern Texas and south central Oklahoma. Founded by Wes Dawson, the company provides an array of car wash services including equipment sales, installation, maintenance and service, chemical sales, as well as car wash construction, renovation and consulting.

Dawson has a background in construction and over 18 years experience in the car wash industry. Big Man Washes works with all types of car wash owners, from established operators to first-time investors. Further information on the company can be found on their website at


The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey’s (CWONJ) 12th Annual Golf Outing raised $5,000 for the Children’s Specialized Hospital during its event at Olde York Country Club, June 11. Children’s Specialized Hospital is the country’s largest pediatric rehabilitation facility with locations throughout New Jersey.

To date, the CWONJ has raised $37,000 for the hospital. “This event is all about the kids,” said CWONJ president Al Villani. “Our event proceeds go to the hospital and all the great work they do for the kids and their families.”

Children’s Specialized Hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses from ages two to 21. The hospital has nine sites in New Jersey and treats more than 16,000 children annually from all over the country. The CWONJ has been raising money for the hospital since 2004.

In addition to 18 holes of golf on the Gary Player signature course, the group enjoyed a buffet lunch and dinner as
well as a lively raffle to raise money for the hospital. The winning foursome consisted of Scott Freund, Barry and Chris Hart, and Pete DeFazio with a 59. The second place title went to Team ZEP led by John Murchanian. Closest to the Hole winner was Moe Gerhart who was within 5 feet, 3 inches of the hole, and Longest Drive went to Pete DeFazio with a 312-yard drive.


PDQ Manufacturing Inc., a Dover company headquartered in De Pere, WI, has announced that the daughter of one of its employees and the son of another have been selected as local winners in the newly established Dover Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program.

Cassandra Geniesse and Jeffrey Siwik will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2012–13 academic year and up to $10,000 in undergraduate scholarship support contingent upon maintaining academic and program eligibility. Cassandra Geniesse is the daughter of Mike Geniesse. Jeffrey Siwik is the son of Jim Siwik.

The Dover Sons & Daughters Scholarship recognizes outstanding high school seniors and current college students
who are the children of Dover employees and who have demonstrated excellence through their academic records, test scores, leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, and work record. Scholarship selections were made by a four-member, independent committee comprised of academic professionals from prominent universities.

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