Auto Laundry News - March 2011

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

DePere, WI-based Cleaning Systems Inc. (CSI) and its Lustra division has announced that Dave Wingert
has been appointed vice president of the Lustra division. He previously was vice president of CSI’s DynaEdge® division. Wingert joined CSI after leaving PDQ Manufacturing in De Pere, WI, where he was vice president of sales.

Malco Products Inc. of Barberton, OH has announced the promotion of Seth R. Glauberman to vice president
of automotive sales. His responsibilities will include business development for domestic automotive sales, including the Malco Automotive Division that services automotive dealerships, car washes, and detail shops through a network of independent distributors. He will also have responsibility for the Presta Division, which specializes in paint-finishing chemicals and automotive detailing products for the collision repair market. Glauberman joined Malco in 2005 and holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He will complete his Executive MBA degree from Case Western Reserve in May 2011.

Arvada, CO-based Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has announced the appointment of Rob Novak as sales manager for Mark VII’s direct sales territories. Novak’s car wash industry experience includes eight years at Ryko Manufacturing, where he was national account sales manager. He holds a degree in mathematics with a minor in physics from Auburn University.

Unitec Electronics of Elkridge, MD, a manufacturer of car wash entry and payment systems, has added Lyn Palmer to its sales team. She will serve as eastern regional sales manager, functioning as the company’s representative in the eastern third of the United States and Canada. Palmer previously held various sales and marketing positions in the consumer electronics and video communications industries. Palmer attended Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville.

Crystal Care™, a division of CC Detergents LLC of East Rutherford, NJ, a manufacturer of car wash products, has announced the appointment of Michael S. Zibit as vice president. Zibit has over 30 years of chemical-industry experience, progressively working his way up from laboratory technician to general manager. He has managed a direct sales force and worked with a network of distributors and agents.

Wind Gap, PA-based Innovative Control Systems (ICS), a provider of integrated car wash management solutions, has announced the appointment of Tiffany Horvath as vice president of marketing. Horvath has over 12 years of marketing experience, including, most recently, a management role with an agency that involved work with companies such as MetLife, Mack Trucks, and Volvo.

In a separate statement, ICS announced the addition of two new sales managers: Mike Antonis for the West Coast territory and Rob Wingard for the Southeast territory. Antonis has 15 years of experience in various aspects of the car wash business, including building washes, managing a car wash distributorship, and owning a full-service car wash. Wingard has held management positions with equipment distributors for the past 10 years, has had a role in developing more than 100 car wash sites, and holds a commercial real estate license.

HYDRO SYSTEMS ACQUIRES DOSMATIC

Hydro Systems Company of Cincinnati, OH (www.hydrosystemsco.com) has acquired Carrollton, TX-based Dosmatic Inc., a manufacturer of non-electric chemical metering equipment. Hydro Systems is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of chemical proportioning and dispensing systems and an operating unit within Dover Corporation’s (NYSE:DOV) fluid management segment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dosmatic’s broad product offering complements Hydro Systems’ well-established Hydro brand venturi products, its Nova line of peristaltic pump equipment, and its recent acquisition of Chemilizer Inc.

WATERSAVERS ALLIANCE

The International Carwash Association (ICA) has announced a new collaboration in support of WaterSavers,™ the professional car wash industry’s award-winning environmental promotion program.

Effectively immediately, members of four other car wash associations will be eligible to participate in the program as part of the WaterSavers Alliance. The participating associations are the Canadian Carwash Association, the Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association, the Southeastern Car Wash Association and the Western Carwash Association. Nearly 900 locations across the United States and Canada are already enrolled in the WaterSavers program.

Car washes implementing water management best practices are eligible to participate in WaterSavers for $49 per
location annually. Participants are included in the program’s online directory of locations and have exclusive access to WaterSavers marketing materials. Additional information is available at www.icawatersavers.org.

CAR CARE MONTH

The Car Care Council recommends conducting a community car care event during National Car Care Month this April.

“Each year, $50 billion in vehicle maintenance and repairs go unperformed. That’s a lot of service, repair and parts sales sitting out there because so many consumers don’t know what needs to be done to their vehicle and why it’s important,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Hosting a free and fun car care event during National Car Care Month in April is an inexpensive and highly successful way to capture a greater share of that potential new business.”

The Car Care Council has a free video available to give car care businesses a “test drive” of community car care events with vehicle inspections. A point-of-sale kit is also available that includes consumer education brochures, posters, bay banners, mirror hangers, vehicle inspection forms, an English/Spanish counter mat, and the very popular Car Care Guide.

For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

AUTOPILOT COMPLETES SERVER MIGRATION

AutoPilot (www.autopilotcontrols.com) has announced the completion of the server migration for their ProfitPilot POS (Point of Sale) software, allowing them to continue their 99.8 percent uptime commitment to the rapidly expanding number of car washes adopting the SAAS (Software as a Service) based POS system to control their washes.

“The speed at which car washes across the country have adopted our SAAS-based POS solution has exceeded all expectations,” says Jennifer Pedrizzetti, president of AutoPilot Carwash Control Systems. “This enhancement to our infrastructure ensures that we can meet the growing demand of car washes for real-time dashboard and reporting functions while continuing to expand the ProfitPilot service offerings.”

The SAAS system allows operators to eliminate bulky and expensive servers from their site and, instead, host their information on centralized servers offered by AutoPilot. This service not only lowers the operating costs of a wash, but also provides automatic backup and recovery services in case of hardware failure.

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