Auto Laundry News - October 2011

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Cul-Mac Industries Inc. of Wayne, MI a manufacturer of chemical cleaning products for automotive, commercial, industrial, and residential applications has named David Davoudi as its new president. Davoudi joins Cul-Mac Industries with over 20 years of experience in executive and business management and a proven track record for driving sales, increasing market share and profit, process improvement, and building organizational capabilities. He spent the last 17 years working with several business units of Royal Philips Electronics where he held many key positions including vice president and general manager of Philips Consumer Luminaires responsible for North American business units operation. Davoudi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas in Arlington, a Master of Science in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University, and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.

5,000-plus CARS WASHED IN SECOND MONTH

The Island Car Wash on North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX washed over 5,000 vehicles in the month of July — only its second full month of operation. This new fully automated car wash featuring AUTEC’s state-of-the-art system and showcasing the in-bay-express concept offers soft-touch, touch-free, or a combination of both washes.

With the environment in mind, The Island Car Wash is very eco-friendly as most of the water is recycled, cleaned, and reused by a state-of-the-art water reclamation system. The main objective is to provide the best wash available while keeping the environment clean and safe for future generations.

With a 24-hour-a-day/7-day-a-week operation, the owners are ecstatic with the public’s response to this new car wash facility.

RYKO CHANGES NAME

Signaling a directional shift towards strengthening its position as the total industry solutions provider building more profitability for car wash owners and operators, Grimes, IA-based Ryko Manufacturing has announced that it has both changed its name to Ryko Solutions Inc. and launched a new brand-identity program, including a new website at www.ryko.com.

“Clearly Ryko has become a turnkey solutions company and a valued business partner to our customers. Our new name more appropriately captures the essence of our business,” commented Steven L’Heureux, chief executive officer of Ryko Solutions.

As part of the company’s new brand-identity program, a new corporate logo and upgraded website were recently introduced. The new website is designed to be an industry resource for customers and potential investors seeking ideas on how to build a profitable car wash business.

PDQ CELEBRATES SAFETY RECORD

On July 4, millions of Americans proudly celebrated the 235th birthday of the United States. July 4, 2011, was a proud day for an additional reason for the employees of De Pere, WI-based PDQ Manufacturing Inc., as they reveled in the passing of 1,000 days — since Oct. 7, 2008 — without a lost-time injury at the company’s manufacturing facility. This was another major milestone in PDQ’s exemplary safety record. In 2009 and 2010 PDQ was the recipient of the Dover Corporation’s Lowest Accident Incident Rate Award, making it the safest of Dover’s 36 operating companies.

“The thing that has really helped put us in this position is that we really put safety into the forefront of the company culture,” explained Scott Vander Heiden, operations manager for PDQ Manufacturing. “We make sure we have a very clean, orderly work environment. We really work at getting the workplace in order and take things out of the work environment that aren’t necessary. We also make sure we are standardized in how we have the plant laid out in terms of parts and tools, and make sure that everything is put back in its proper place.”

Since 2001, PDQ’s focus on the highest level of safety possible has included lean manufacturing principles and ergonomics that make safety a high priority, as well as 6S workplace-organization methodology audits that identify where safety can be improved. Two years ago, PDQ implemented DuPont’s STOP™ Safety Training Observation Program that uses the informal observations of employees to assess either good safety behavior, or identifies aspects of safety behavior that can be improved.

TELCO’S NEW WEBSITE

Telco Sensors of Charlotte, NC, a manufacturer of high-performance infrared photoelectric sensors and accessories, has announced the launch of its new global website. The website has been newly designed and developed from the ground-up and is packed with an extensive collection of brand-new content and images. Users can easily search by partial or complete part number, or specify criteria for an advanced product search. Product datasheets and wiring diagrams are readily available for download as PDF files. Application information is also available, illustrating multiple industries and applications where Telco excels. To experience the wide range of features and functionalities the new website offers please visit www.telcosensors.com.

RYKO CHANGES NAME

Signaling a directional shift towards strengthening its position as the total industry solutions provider building more profitability for car wash owners and operators, Grimes, IA-based Ryko Manufacturing has announced that it has both changed its name to Ryko Solutions Inc. and launched a new brand-identity program, including a new website at www.ryko.com.

“Clearly Ryko has become a turnkey solutions company and a valued business partner to our customers. Our new name more appropriately captures the essence of our business,” commented Steven L’Heureux, chief executive officer of Ryko Solutions.

As part of the company’s new brand-identity program, a new corporate logo and upgraded website were recently introduced. The new website is designed to be an industry resource for customers and potential investors seeking ideas on how to build a profitable car wash business.

PDQ CELEBRATES SAFETY RECORD

On July 4, millions of Americans proudly celebrated the 235th birthday of the United States. July 4, 2011, was a proud day for an additional reason for the employees of De Pere, WI-based PDQ Manufacturing Inc., as they reveled in the passing of 1,000 days — since Oct. 7, 2008 — without a lost-time injury at the company’s manufacturing facility. This was another major milestone in PDQ’s exemplary safety record. In 2009 and 2010 PDQ was the recipient of the Dover Corporation’s Lowest Accident Incident Rate Award, making it the safest of Dover’s 36 operating companies.

“The thing that has really helped put us in this position is that we really put safety into the forefront of the company culture,” explained Scott Vander Heiden, operations manager for PDQ Manufacturing. “We make sure we have a very clean, orderly work environment. We really work at getting the workplace in order and take things out of the work environment that aren’t necessary. We also make sure we are standardized in how we have the plant laid out in terms of parts and tools, and make sure that everything is put back in its proper place.”

Since 2001, PDQ’s focus on the highest level of safety possible has included lean manufacturing principles and ergonomics that make safety a high priority, as well as 6S workplace-organization methodology audits that identify where safety can be improved. Two years ago, PDQ implemented DuPont’s STOP™ Safety Training Observation Program that uses the informal observations of employees to assess either good safety behavior, or identifies aspects of safety behavior that can be improved.

TELCO’S NEW WEBSITE

Telco Sensors of Charlotte, NC, a manufacturer of high-performance infrared photoelectric sensors and accessories, has announced the launch of its new global website. The website has been newly designed and developed from the ground-up and is packed with an extensive collection of brand-new content and images. Users can easily search by partial or complete part number, or specify criteria for an advanced product search. Product datasheets and wiring diagrams are readily available for download as PDF files. Application information is also available, illustrating multiple industries and applications where Telco excels. To experience the wide range of features and functionalities the new website offers please visit www.telcosensors.com.

AUTOBELL SCHOLARSHIPS

Autobell Car Wash Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, recently awarded 131 employees its 2011 academic scholarships toward the college or university of their choice. This year’s gifts total $91,500. Since its inception, the Autobell Scholarship Program has awarded over $407,000 in academic funds to employees.

The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current Autobell employees who are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school diploma. Along with a completed application, candidates must submit references, an acceptance letter from an accredited college or university, and an essay that discusses an educational aspect of their employment experience. The Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the scholarship recipients.

Autobell Car Wash is America’s third largest conveyor car wash company, with 63 locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The company now employs approximately 2,000 people and projects to wash over 2.5 million cars in 2011.

MISTER CAR WASH’S MISSOURI ACQUISITION

Tucson, AZ-based Mister Car Wash has announced the recent acquisition of three car washes and four express lubes in Springfield, MO from Auto-Magic. Ron Peterson, chief executive officer of Mister Car Wash, said, “This is a very attractive opportunity for us and we’re extremely excited about becoming part of the Springfield community and working with this talented group of people.”

Mister Car Wash now operates 69 car washes and 28 lube centers in the United 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 on the company’s acquisition strategy, visit www.mistercarwash.com.

JIM’S CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Jim Goguen of Jim’s Auto Installations & Detailing Center (www.jimsauto.net) in Ipswich, MA announced a year-long celebration of 25 years of excellence in the automotive detailing and restyling industry. One of only 28 detailers in the United States asked recently to test and provide feedback on a new cleaning product launched by industry leader Meguiars, Jim’s Auto was twice selected as a member of the Air Force One detailing team, thanks to double honors bestowed by the Attention to Details training program.

Jim’s Auto opened their doors on June 1, 1986 as a tiny detailing shop and car audio professional inside John’s Citgo on Central Street in Ipswich. By 1992, Jim’s Auto had added several automotive services to their line-up, including window tinting and truck accessories. That led to a need for more space. They moved into their current location at 5 Washington Street alongside TNT Car Wash where, in 2001, they doubled their space to 1,200 square feet and added two work bays and a comfortable office area where customers can wait or shop.

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