Auto Laundry News - November 2011

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Clearwater, FL-based Dosatron International Inc. has named Jim Downing as vice president, industrial sales. Downing has a wealth of sales experience, including 15 years with a major motor-home manufacturer where he managed 16 dealer associates across the United States.

Coast Commercial Credit, a national provider of car wash finance solutions, has announced the addition of Mike Levin, a seasoned car wash industry veteran, to its lending team. Levin will be responsible for developing financing partnerships with key national and regional car wash equipment manufacturers and distributors. He will be based in Sherman Oaks, CA. Levin entered the industry in 1961 as a car wash operator, is a past president of both the Minnesota and Central States Car Wash Associations, and was awarded the ICA Distinguished Service Award in 1986 and the ICA Award of Merit in 1980.

AUTEC CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

AUTEC Car Wash Systems celebrated its 30th anniversary on August 1. AUTEC has grown from a fledgling company operated out of its founder’s basement in 1981, to a multi-million-dollar corporation occupying over 103,000 square feet on 10 acres in the industrial section of Statesville, NC. Today, the company incorporates that experience into three car wash systems categories: soft touch friction wash, touch-free wash, and a combination system that features the best of both technologies.

Company president and founder, Tom Hobby, said, “Any company with 30 years in business has certainly faced many challenges and AUTEC Inc. is no exception. However, with the strength of our employees and our management team, we are uniquely focused on the future. We are excited to continue to bring innovative equipment and service programs to the industry and look forward to many more years of growth and success.”

FREE BROWN BEAR WASHES

Over 26,000 cars left Brown Bear Car Washes August 25 in sparkling condition as the Seattle-based company celebrated its 54th anniversary by offering free car washes. Brown Bear Car Washes provided 26,523 free “Bear Essential” car washes over 12 hours at 20 tunnel locations, bringing the total to 132,163 over the past six years.

Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat said each location averaged 111 washes per hour over a 12-hour period with no mechanical failures. “The pace was fast and furious, and it’s a tribute to our team that we were able to serve so many customers,” said Odermat. “It’s our way of saying thank you to the communities we serve, and hopefully we introduced new customers to the kind of service and value we deliver year round.”

The family-owned company, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises Inc., owns and operates a total of 41 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores. It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the United States and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.

RYKO GOES DIRECT

Ryko Solutions Inc., based in Grimes IA, has announced that it will now go direct with sales and marketing support to complement its established service team in Central and Northern Florida. This represents a mutual decision with Mid Florida Distributing to discontinue the distributor agreement between the companies. Ryko has also announced that Chris Lee, sales manager for Mid Florida Distributing, has joined the company with sales responsibilities in the Southeast United States.

MADE IN CHINA

Wash equipment by Autobase Wash Systems of Beijing, China

Car Wash USA entered the car wash industry in 1964 and is a third generation car wash company (www.carwashusa tx.com). Over the past year Car Wash USA has been working closely with Autobase Wash Systems of Beijing, China to bring their car wash system to America. Autobase has been in business for over 15 years, and has made Car Wash USA the exclusive national distributor of Autobase.

The first Autobase-equipped tunnel wash in the United States opened in Angleton, TX on September 12, 2011. The wash features a 48-foot conveyor and 40-foot equipment package, including a high-pressure rinse, tire brush, four rocker-panel brushes, four wraps, contouring top brush, a contouring dryer, and a complete chemical package. It is capable of washing 60 cars in one hour.

BAYWASH IN SOUTH AFRICA

Tamarac, FL-based BayWash Car Wash Systems, a division of SONNY’S Enterprises Inc., has announced the installation of its first G2 dual-arm, touch-free in-bay automatic car wash equipment in South Africa. Keizin Automotive (Pty) Ltd., the company’s factory authorized Select Service Organization (SSO) in the country, will be installing the G2 in Sasolburg, South Africa.

“This will be the first system of its kind in the region,” said Keith Conway, managing director of Keizin Automotive. “There is a huge, unmet demand for a fast, consistent, high-quality wash and the G2’s speed and durability allow us to capitalize on that opportunity.”

Juan Kruger, owner of Classic Car Bath in Sasolburg, where the G2 is being installed, took advantage of Sonny’s Do-it-Yourself Assembly Program. Traveling to the BayWash factory outside Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Kruger and the lead technician from Keizin took part in the final assembly of the machine ensuring their ability to maximize its potential in the field.

PDQ DONATIONS

PDQ Manufacturing Inc., based in De Pere, WI, has announced that it recently made a donation to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund (TTOF). The mission of the TTOF is to help mitigate the damage caused by the terrorist acts of September 11 by ensuring that the children of the victims have as normal a life as possible.

The TTOF provides long-term higher educational assistance and mental and physical healthcare to children who lost one or both parents in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, or onboard the four downed airliners. For more information on the Twin Towers Orphans Fund, please visit www.ttof.org.

The company further announced that it had made a donation to the Service League of Green Bay’s Back-To-School Store program. Inaugurated in 1994, the Back-To-School Store helps children in the Green Bay area prepare for and embrace the joy of the upcoming school year. Held this year on Aug. 10 at Green Bay East High School, the program enabled more than 1,500 children from kindergarten through 8th grade to receive items of clothing, school supplies, and dental and vision screenings.

NASCAR CAR WASH OPENS IN CHICAGO

The grand opening of the first NASCAR Car Wash location took place in Romeoville, IL on September 15, just a few miles from Chicagoland Speedway, a well-known NASCAR venue.

The company is planning additional groundbreakings (and some reflaggings) across the Midwest in the coming months, and expects each of the NASCAR-branded locations to wash approximately 10,000 cars per month and employ an average of 40 people.

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