Auto Laundry News - December 2011

Industry Newsline


James Halsey, owner and founder of IDX Inc. of El Dorado, AR, retired effective October 1, 2011. Since 1988 IDX’s innovations have resulted in 35 patents on 15 different products that they manufacture today. The company has appointed long-time employee Mike Oliver as general manager. He has 30-plus years experience in the car wash industry as a sales manager for several OEMs, has designed equipment, owned car washes, and had his own car wash distributorship.

Grimes, IA-based Ryko Solutions Inc. has appointed Kelly Wadsworth as vice president of human resources. Wadsworth comes to Ryko directly from Affiliates Management, a financial services firm based in Des Moines, IA, where he held the same position. Prior to that, Wadsworth had served in a series of human resources and operational development roles for companies in the steel manufacturing, integrated health care, and customer care industries around the nation.

MacNeil Wash Systems of Barrie, Ontario has announced the appointment of Wim Van Voorst as vice president, operations and administration. Van Voorst will be responsible for MacNeil’s overall manufacturing and administrative operations, while focusing on quality assurance, customer service, and the continued smooth flow of production. Van Voorst has an extensive background in the operational and financial leadership of privately owned manufacturing businesses that produce specialty, leading-edge products. He has varied experience in the corporate world, having worked for Colgate-Palmolive, and in the small to mid-sized business sectors.

EZ Lube, the 74-location quick-lube chain based in Costa Mesa, CA, has announced the appointment of Roger Dunlap as vice president of operations. Dunlap’s track record as a senior leader includes successful roles at Blockbuster Entertainment, Movie Gallery Corporation/Hollywood Entertainment Corporation, and Nine West Group/Jones Apparel Group.


Tucson, AZ-based Mister Car Wash has announced the acquisition of a full-service car wash in Missouri City, TX. The former Prestige Carwash, at 5415 Highway 6, will be remodeled and rebranded with an expected grand opening of January 2, 2012. The location will remain open and service customers throughout the duration of the transition. The acquisition brings the company total up to 70 car washes, and is the 16th car wash in the Houston area.


Sonny Fazio, founder of SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory, has been honored by the Western Carwash Association (WCA) with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Created to recognize and honor the lifetime achievements of an individual or manufacturer that has made an invaluable and measurable impact on the past, present, and future of the car wash industry, the award was presented, in absentia, on October 18 at the WCA Convention and Tradeshow in San Diego, CA.

Getting his start in the car wash business as an owner/operator of a full-service car wash in 1949, Fazio’s extensive career in the industry turned to the supply side of the business in 1978 when he founded Sonny’s Enterprises. “If you had told me 62 years ago, when I opened my first full-serve car wash, that I would be receiving an award like this I’d have told you you were crazy,” said Fazio. “I never meant to manufacture car wash equipment or sell replacement parts, let alone become the largest in the world.” Fazio concluded with these words: “This industry has given me much more than I have given to it, and for that, I thank you.”


De Pere, WI-based Washworld Inc. has announced the addition of Car Wash Experts LLC to its distributor network. Located in Lone Tree, CO, CWE’s manager/director is John Brinkman. Brinkman has been in the car wash industry for over 25 years and previously held the position of senior design engineer for ConocoPhillips, one of the largest oil companies in the nation.

According to Brinkman, his firm is accustomed to a 365/24/7 service schedule. To learn more about CWE, visit their website at


D&S Car Wash Equipment Company of High Ridge, MO, has announced the appointment of J&B Consultants & Development Company as its distributor for Northern, Central, and Southeastern Virginia. J&B currently operates Flagstop Car Wash & Quick Lube, a chain of car washes with seven locations in and around Richmond, VA. Flagstop offers a variety of wash options, including, “full” and “express” service, vehicle detailing and self-serve bays.

Bob Schrum, president of Flagstop, and Jamie Nester, president of J&B, have over 50 years of experience between them in the car care business. The two formed J&B to diversify their business holdings and expand their product portfolio as distributors. Nester has spent his entire 20-year career with Flagstop. Schrum is a past president of the Southeastern Car Wash Association and also served 10 years on its board of


SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory has announced the appointment of Car Wash Equipment & Supplies (CWE&S) as its distributor of both tunnel and, in the near future, BayWash in-bay automatic car wash equipment in South Florida.
CWE&S is a third generation family-owned company that has been serving car wash operators in South Florida for 40 years. The company can boast of over 600 installations for major oil companies, jobbers, and private investors, according to Bruce G. Remillard, president and CEO. “Our extensive experience includes in-bay roll-overs, touch-free, full-service, self-service, truck washing, and drive-through car wash equipment, chemical solutions, and much more,” Remillard said.

To learn more about CWE&S, visit them on the web at


PDQ Manufacturing, Inc. of De Pere, WI, has announced the launch of a social media program with active sites on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. PDQ’s social media presence will use these increasingly popular, cutting-edge platforms to enable its channel partners, end-users, employees and “fans” to keep up-to-date quickly and easily on the latest happenings at the company, including new product announcements, maintenance/how-to videos, and equipment specials.

PDQ plans to use its new social-media presence to build the product knowledge of its followers via regular posts, video updates, and general informational announcements. Through its social media presence, PDQ is also creating an online community where channel partners, employees, distributors, and end-users can connect and network in an open platform.


At the end of October, labor leaders announced that workers at the Bonus Car Wash on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica had become the first in Southern California to unionize.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the labor agreement with Bonus Car Wash covers only 30 workers and calls for a modest 2 percent raise. The greater significance, according to labor experts, lies in the establishment of procedures for hearing workers’ grievances, the creation of standardized rules on wages and hours, and requirements for any new owners of the car wash to abide by the contract.

Already negotiations for similar agreements are underway with three small Los Angeles car washes, according to labor organizers.


The Connecticut Carwash Association’s 14th Annual Golf Classic, held September 20 at the Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, CT, honored State Representative Jason Rojas with its 2011 CCA Legislator of the Year Award.

Rojas, who serves the 9th Assembly District (East Hartford, Glastonbury, and Manchester), was honored for his outstanding efforts on behalf of all the citizens of Connecticut, his support of small and family-owned businesses, and his ability to help create a strong business climate. Representative Rojas was presented with a plaque by CCA Lobbyist P.J. Cimini and association president Todd Whitehouse.

“Jason Rojas has been a strong supporter of the CCA and was instrumental in our recent legislative victory which kept sales tax off our car wash services,” said Whitehouse. “He is a true friend of the CCA and extremely worthy of this honor.”


The Automotive Skills Center at Fort Benning, GA recently added three Rhino-Mat Wash & Dry Systems to its range of services. This purchase marks the first sale to a government agency for Clean World Distribution Inc.

Rhino-Mat’s ability to integrate into an existing WashCard network has received a warm reception. Visitors to the base car wash are now able to experience a seamless reward-card and payment system that spans all the services offered.


Spraying Systems Co. of Wheaton, IL has announced the launch of its redesigned website at The updated site features a wide range of spray technology including spray nozzles, automated spray systems, spray injectors, manifolds, and testing/modeling services. New and improved navigation menus and advanced search features make it easy for visitors to find information of interest based on their market, application or product use.
Other additions to the site include an extensive video library of product demonstrations and simulations, an expanded literature section complete with foreign language catalogs and new results-based case studies documenting process improvements and cost savings that customers have achieved using the company’s products.

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