Auto Laundry News - May 2012

Industry Newsline


The mayor’s office in Chicago has announced that The Car Wash Show will be held at McCormick Place in the city in 2014. The Car Wash Show is the world’s largest car wash convention and trade show, and one of North America’s top 200 largest exhibitions. Approximately 6,000 attendees from more than 30 countries attend the annual event, which features 125,000 square feet of exhibits and 20 hours of business seminars.

International Carwash Association CEO Eric Wulf declared himself thrilled with the arrangement. “Chicago is a world-class convention city that will be easily accessible for our attendees and exhibitors. We’re also particularly encouraged by the new convention-business environment in Chicago and are excited to be able to offer a very competitive offering for our exhibitors.”


Car Washing Systems’ Allison Shackett of Higganum, CT was the big winner at the Connecticut Carwash Association’s 23rd Annual Mini Expo held at the Marriott Courtyard in Cromwell, March 28. Shackett walked away with a third generation iPad, one of the association’s raffle prizes. “It’s great to see our vendors participate in our raffles and walk away winners,” said Suzanne Stansbury, CCA Executive Director. “They are so important to the success of our association.”

Glastonbury operator, Mike Bouchard of Sparkle Car Wash, was also lucky and took home a 32” flat screen television. Donato DePinto of New England Car Wash Equipment and Joe Tracy of Magic Minit Car Wash in Enfield will be headed to the Northeast Regional Carwash Convention compliments of the CCA.

The event, the longest-running tabletop on the East Coast, drew nearly 90 and included 25 exhibitors and a sit-down Italian buffet dinner where all attendees had an opportunity to mix and mingle. Attendees were updated on the association’s Kenneth M. Gustafson, Sr. Scholarship Award; a new member benefit through the ICA’s WaterSavers® program; and on the new venue for the annual golf outing. The 2012 event will be held September 25 at Topstone Golf Course in South Windsor. Lobbyist P.J. Cimini of Capitol Strategies Group in Hartford also briefed the group on the proposed unionization efforts taking place in neighboring New York State.


The International Carwash Association® will launch Wash Count, a new member program designed to help car wash operators assess the performance of their businesses and to provide meaningful industry data, at The Car Wash Show™ 2012, May 7-9 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Developed in partnership with Kent Marketing Services, a provider of retail petroleum industry data and analysis in North America, Wash Count will provide participants, on a quarterly basis, with personalized, year-to-year comparisons of an individual car wash’s revenue, wash counts, and average prices, as well as a comparison with other car washes by type and regional market.

ICA members will have the opportunity to enroll in this program and learn more about the personalized resources available by visiting the association’s pavilion (Booth #180) on The Car Wash Show™ trade show floor.


MacNeil Wash Systems’ new 35’ In-bay Express Wash Conversion was one of two MacNeil tunnels featured at the Southeast Regional Road Show in Jacksonville, FL, February 26-27. Robert Greene, owner of Car Wash Express in Kingsland, GA, recently converted his in-bay automatic to the MacNeil In-Bay Express, and he was very busy proudly showing off his new equipment.

“My revenue per car increased dramatically with the mini tunnel in the first week of operation, and my through-put has easily tripled,” said Greene. “I can now clean everything from a Mini to the largest SUV at a rate of 45 to 50 vehicles per hour, and the quality of the wash is excellent.”

The conversion is an out-of-the-box conversion for an in-bay automatic that allows operators to triple their through-put,
reduce water and chemical consumption, and compete with much larger, fast-moving express tunnels. Downtime is minimal, with little or no site changes required.


Baywatch Enterprises of Denver, CO, a provider of doors and monitoring systems to the car wash industry, has announced that a private investment group has purchased an interest in the company.

According to Tom Townsend, founder and CEO, the funds will be used for the expansion of current operations, new product development, hiring new personnel, and investing in new technology capabilities.


Tucson, AZ-headquartered Mister Car Wash has acquired a car wash in the Spokane Valley area of Washington, located at 307 North Sullivan Road, Veradale. The transaction was finalized April 3, 2012.

Mister Car Wash is the largest car wash chain in the United States, operating 80 car washes and 30 Express Lubes in 10 states. The company has over 2,800 employees, and washes almost 8 million vehicles annually.


OSHA has published its final rule aligning its Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard with the Global Harmonization System for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). The rule, known as HazCom 2012 or the workers’ “Right-to-Understand” rule, substantially changes OSHA’s current standard and affects over 40 million employees at more than 5 million facilities nationwide. Employers must train all employees on the new HazCom standard before December 1, 2013.

Facilities must apply new chemical classification criteria, replace all Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) with new Safety Data Sheets, update or replace chemical labels, and train employees on the new standard.

OSHA introduced its first Hazard Communication standard in 1983, known as the workers’ “right-to-know” rule. Before this, no requirement existed for employers to notify their workers of the dangers posed by the hazardous materials handled in their workplace. While the original standard was an important development, OSHA now believes it provided too much flexibility, leading to problems for both employees and employers.

Lion Technology, a provider of compliance training, is offering a monthly web seminar on the new standard through the end of the year. Sessions will be provided on May 15, June 21, August 16, September 25, October 23, November 15, and December 18. More information about the live web seminar is available at

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