Auto Laundry News - January 2011

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

High Ridge, MO-based D&S Car Wash Equipment Company (www.dscarwash.com) has announced the appointment of Brian Merz to sales director, west region. Merz is a car wash industry veteran of over 25 years and a distributor of D&S products. In addition to his responsibilities in the western United States, Merz will maintain his distributorship, Mid-West Equipment Sales, based in Garden City, Kansas.

Drew Dressler, formerly sales director, west region, has assumed the position of sales director, east region effective immediately. In addition to managing the D&S distributor network east of the Mississippi, he will continue to oversee international sales for the company. Dressler brings 20 years of experience to this newly expanded role.

CARWASH COLLEGE TRAINING FACILITY

Beginning January 2011, students will benefit from industry-leading training presented in the brand-new state-of-the-art lab and classroom specifically constructed for CarWash College in Tamarac, FL.

The 2,400-square-foot training facility was custom built to CarWash College specifications to offer students a larger, more comfortable learning environment. The lab area will feature newly installed air conditioning units and an even more diversified array of car wash equipment for various wash formats. The classroom will feature a custom-built computer that will project to a large 100” screen. The screen can be seen from any of the comfortable seats in the room.

The first students to utilize the new facility will be those attending the Car Wash Management Course from January 17-21. For more information about CarWash College, visit www.CarWashCollege.com.

MARK VII DISTRIBUTOR

Arvada, CO-based Mark VII Equipment Inc. (www.markvii.net), the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has announced that it had signed KO Pressure Supply to distribute and service Mark VII car wash systems in Arkansas.

Founded in 1976 in Springfield, MO, KO Pressure Supply’s parent company, KO Manufacturing, produces a broad range of chemicals for car wash and other commercial applications. KO Pressure Supply; a full-service distributor of car wash equipment, ancillary products, chemicals, and service; can be reached at (888) 301-3005.

CLEAN BURN DISTRIBUTOR

Craft Oil Corporation (www.craftoilcorp.com) of Avoca, PA, established in 1925, has become the newest distributor of Clean Burn® (www.cleanburn.com) products. The company will distribute and service Clean Burn energy systems throughout north, east, and southern portions of Pennsylvania, parts of Delaware, and all of New Jersey.

Craft Oil has served as a Clean Burn dealer for 15 years, providing sales and service support for Clean Burn used-oil furnaces and boilers. The company also serves as a full-line lubricant distributor for Exxon Mobil, Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State, and Service Pro. In addition, it provides lifts, compressed air systems, vehicle exhaust removal, lubrication equipment and systems, and multi-vehicle washing and water recycling systems.

D&S DISTRIBUTOR

D&S Car Wash Equipment Company (www.dscarwash.com) of High Ridge, MO has announced the appointment of Southeastern D&S Car Wash Systems as the authorized distributor for Eastern Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Southeastern D&S Car Wash Systems, based in Dover, TN, is a division of Miller Electric, Inc., which has 17 years of experience with electrical and equipment installations at car wash facilities throughout Tennessee and Kentucky.

PDQ DISTRIBUTOR

De Pere, WI-based PDQ Manufacturing Inc. (www.pdqinc.com) has appointed Autowash Systems Inc. (ASI), based in New Prague, MN, as a new distributor serving the central Minnesota market.

ASI has been a complete service provider for car wash equipment in Minnesota since 1993. ASI currently has four PDQ-trained service personnel and provides consulting, reclaim, service, and peripheral equipment to the area. ASI can be reached at (952) 758-4865 or by visiting www.autowashsystems.com.

EASY CAR WASH LAUNDROMAT COMBO

WashCard Systems (www.washcard.com) of Lino Lakes, MN, a provider of credit card acceptance systems in the car wash industry, is now offering its fifth-generation wireless reader hardware for use on traditional coin-op washers and dryers. Powered by high-speed Wi-Fi technology, WashCard Systems’ retrofit solution will enable Laundromat operators to offer customers the convenience of credit card acceptance directly on most existing laundry equipment.

Active in the car wash industry for more than 19 years, WashCard Systems announced its entry into the coin-laundry industry at the 2009 Clean Show in New Orleans. The company was recently featured in American Coin-Op magazine as the first company to finally bridge the gap between both industries.

WashCard spent more than three years in research and development on its coin laundry system. The company’s pilot site was selected the “Most Progressive” coin-laundry location in the United States by the Coin Laundry Association.

BOOK ON CAR WASHING

Make Your Fortune Washing Cars is the title of a just-published book authored by Ira A Feinberg, a consultant with a 40-year history in car washing.

This comprehensive book covers every aspect of the car wash business for investors and operators alike. Available by ordering online at www.carwashworld.com, the book takes the reader from understanding basic business principles to buying, building, or operating the different types of car washes. It includes the stories of five successful car wash operators.

In a foreword to the publication, Ron Peterson, CEO of Mister Car Wash, writes: “The book is a ‘must read’ for anyone entering the business and a good refresher for even the most experienced operator.”

ICS OFFERS PCI COMPLIANCE SOLUTIONS

Innovative Control Systems, provider of integrated business solutions for car wash operators, has announced a strategic alliance with Perimeter E-Security. This partnership enables car wash operators to achieve sustainable, certified Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, and eliminate unnecessary expense.

The PCI compliance regulation went into effect on July 1, 2010, yet many merchants aren’t fully aware of the consequences of not being compliant. Stolen card information that is tracked back to any merchant will trigger a costly investigation, whether or not the merchant is directly involved.

“The PCI compliance issue is a minefield for every merchant who accepts credit cards. The card payment industry has shifted much of the responsibility for credit card security breaches back to the merchant,” said Kevin Detrick, president of ICS. “The compliance certification is complex. It involves a confusing self-assessment questionnaire and a number of comprehensive hardware, software, and system integrity checks that can only be handled by a certified inspector.”

For further information about the ICS/Perimeter E-Security PCI Compliance merchant solution, please visit www.innovative-control.com/nrccpr.

GRACE FOR VETS SHINES

Grace for Vets, the program that honors veterans and service personnel across the nation with free car washes on Veterans Day, had a banner year in 2010. The organization doubled its reach by virtually every measure possible.
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2010, veterans were honored with 110,720 free washes, well in excess of the organization’s stated goal of 100,000 and much beyond the 60,744 free washes performed in 2009. With five car wash companies still to report their numbers, the figure could go even higher. A total of 508 car wash companies participated in the event in 2010 (251 in 2009). The number of locations totaled 1,252 (655 in 2009).
For more information on the Grace for Vets program, visit www.graceforvets.org on the web.

CHARITY-BASED PRODUCTS

DREAMZ™ charity air fresheners, car accessories, and impulse items were introduced at the 2010 Northeast Regional Carwash Convention. The products were the result of a collaborative effort between Olde Granddad Industries Inc. and the Car Wash Operators of New Jersey, the industry association.

The products, which bear the names and logos of charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Operation Smile, Special Olympics, Humane Society, Soldiers’ Angels, and Peta, are designed to raise funds for
significant social causes.

Charities benefit, for example, 25 cents per piece from the sale of paper air fresheners bearing their logo. Olde Granddad Industries Inc., the manufacturer of the DREAMZ products, makes the contributions to the charities prior to production. Larger per unit contributions are made for more expensive items such as seat covers, steering wheel covers, floor mats, etc.

These products are a great way for consumers to show their support for the charities and for smaller retailers to facilitate funding the charities that benefit their communities. For more information visit www.classicmats.com.

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