Auto Laundry News - March 2012

Industry Newsline


Blendco Systems of Bristol, PA has announced that Bruce Anderson has joined its team of tunnel sales managers as the Midwest representative. Anderson brings more than 40 years of experience in the car wash industry, which includes owning his own car wash chemical company and equipment distributorship.

De Pere, WI-based Washworld Inc. has introduced a new member of its team. Jim Koch has assumed the recently created position of director of national accounts for the company. Rapid growth over the last few years necessitated the addition of a person to handle the complexities of large, multi-state accounts. Koch’s 18 years of experience in the car wash industry, as well as his previous position as vice president of national accounts for CSI/Lustra, makes him ideally suited to that task.


Lustra,™ a division of De Pere, WI-based Cleaning Systems Inc. (CSI), recently announced the startup of two new automated packaging lines due to the growth of their Ultraflex® assortment of ultra-concentrated cleaning and protection products. The new lines increase output capability by four times.

“As demand for the Ultraflex product increased, so did our need for faster automated equipment to keep up,” said Dave Krause, company president and CEO.

CSI still produces its standard product line packaged in drums and pails, but as the Ultraflex products have become a larger part of the business, new production and packaging equipment was needed to support increased volume. “We are not yet running at peak speed with this new equipment, but we anticipate continued growth of the Ultraflex business and will easily keep up with the demand,” said Krause.


Kleen-Rite Corp., supplier to the car wash industry, has announced the opening of its new distribution center located in Grand Prairie, TX. Opening in the spring of 2012, the new distribution center is in response to the needs of the company’s customers located in that region of the country.

“We have listened to the demands of our customers in that region over the past several years and have taken the action necessary to deliver on those demands,” said Keith Lutz, Kleen-Rite vice president. “We understand the need to get our products to the customers when they need it. Our goal is to deliver value in a timely manner and we will continue to do what is necessary to deliver on this goal.”

Mike McKonly, president of Kleen-Rite said, “With the distribution centers located in Pennsylvania, Nevada, and the new facility in Grand Prairie, TX, customers in all parts of the country will now benefit from the same timely service and turnaround in receiving their products, helping them manage and run their businesses more efficiently.”

MIKE’S WASHES 100,000,000

On February 6, 2012, Indianapolis, IN-based Mike’s Carwash recorded a significant milestone: washing its 100,000,000th vehicle. The achievement was reached at Mike’s W. 86th Street location in Indianapolis while serving customer Dave Gray.

Mike’s washed its first automobile in 1948 in Fort Wayne, IN, then doing business as Mike’s Minit-Man Carwash.

Mike’s expanded to the Indianapolis market in 1985, and to Cincinnati in 1988. Today Mike’s Carwash is the 4th largest exterior-only car wash chain in the United States.

Now headquartered in Indianapolis, Mike’s Carwash Inc. operates 39 car wash locations in Indiana and Ohio. Widely
recognized for its award-winning customer service, the company has plans for additional locations in 2012.


Integrated Services Inc. (ISI) of Portland, OR recently relaunched its corporate website ( with a fully redesigned layout and site features.

Additions to the new website include simplified site navigation, quick sales and support contact information, interactive media that includes videos and downloadable brochures, and easy access to scheduling demos with ISI sales staff. The most significant feature visitors will benefit from is the blog feature, “The Latest,” which updates visitors on ISI products, events, and industry news in a fast, user-friendly format.

“Fast-lube and car wash point-of-sale management systems are a major investment. We want to help make the decision process a little easier,” said Aaron Schmick, marketing manager.


MacNeil Wash Systems has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,927,081 B2 for its Magnum Pumping Stations, part of MacNeil’s Magnum Series of high-pressure equipment. The Magnum Pumping Station is available in three models (M1000 —7.5HP/8GPM, M2000 — 15HP/20GPM, M3500 —25HP/35GPM), and incorporates several advanced features for product longevity, reduced maintenance, and operator convenience.

Magnum Pumping Stations feature Isolastic Suspension, which prohibits damaging vibrations and reduces back room noise. The space saving, state-of-the-art design includes a heavy-duty drive belt with a laser straight belt tensioning system, and an all-plastic, corrosive-proof float valve.


Cleaning Systems Inc. (CSI) of De Pere, WI has announced that they have exceeded their initial goal for zero waste. Last summer the company embarked on an initiative to limit waste sent to landfills from the manufacturing of cleaning products for transportation and industry applications. Their goal at the time was to cut waste to landfills by 50 percent by the end of 2011.

Yearend results showed a 90 percent cut in waste. “The ease by which we achieved these surprising results is amazing,” said Roger McGrath, plant manager for CSI. The company partnered with a local recycling company that takes specific types of materials and turns them into fuel pellets that are used in industry as a coal alternative. The bulk of materials that CSI is now recycling are label backing paper and packaging from their supplies and raw materials.

In addition to the recycling of manufacturing by-products, CSI recycles cardboard, aluminum, steel, plastics, and glass, leaving very little additional waste.

CSI first attained ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management system in 2009 and has sought to continually improve and demonstrate leadership in its protection of the environment.


Mister Car Wash, headquartered in Tucson, AZ, has announced the acquisition of four car washes in Salt Lake City, UT from Firehouse Car Wash. Ron Peterson, chief executive officer of Mister Car Wash, said, “We’re extremely excited about continuing the work that Dow Jones and the whole Firehouse team has done in the Salt Lake community. We plan on leveraging all synergies to the benefit of the customer.”

In a separate statement, the company announced having added to its portfolio four Tucson car washes and two lube centers, its first hometown acquisitions. These facilities were acquired from Capin Car Care Centers. The new sites will be remodeled and rebranded with expected grand opening events to take place May 2012. The locations will remain open and service customers throughout the transition period. The changes will include: new tunnel equipment, implementing the company’s proprietary products and chemistry, and re-imaging the interiors and exteriors.

“This is a monumental occasion for Mister Car Wash and our employees,” Peterson said. “The right local opportunity presented itself — these sites are in great locations and the Capin family and employees have built a business we’ll be proud to continue. We are excited to now be able to provide our services and products to our very own Tucson community after having operated from here for almost 13 years.”

With these most recent acquisitions, Mister Car Wash now operates 78 car washes and 30 lube centers in 17 markets and 10 states. “Expanding into new markets is a central piece of our growth strategy and we’re continuously seeking additional multi-unit conveyor car wash opportunities to help fuel our growth,” said Peterson.

For more information about the company’s acquisition strategy, visit

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