Auto Laundry News - September 2011

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Arvada, CO-based Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has announced the resignation of Murray Kennedy as CEO of Mark VII. He will be leaving the company for a new opportunity in a different industry effective September 2, 2011.

Steve Jeffs has been named as president and chief executive officer of Mark VII. Jeffs has been serving as Mark VII’s vice president of sales and service for four years. He previously served as the managing director of WashTec’s UK operations.

Rainer Springs, one of the most experienced managers from WashTec’s European organization, has accepted the newly established position of chief operating officer. He will contribute his extensive experience relating to service and operations management to support the growth of Mark VII.

PDQ DISTRIBUTOR

PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the appointment of Kubat Equipment as a new distributor serving the Colorado and Wyoming markets. Headquartered in Denver, CO, Kubat Equipment started doing business in 1949.

As a full-service provider, Kubat Equipment offers a wide range of services, including business consulting, design and development, custom marketing programs, tailored chemical solutions, and a broad range of training programs. Kubat Equipment can be reached at (303) 777-2044 or by visiting www.kubatequipment.com.

AUTOBELL OPENS #63

Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc. has opened a full-service wash at 1060 Independence Boulevard across from Haygood Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Kyle Bjorkman is the store manager.

This marks the family-owned and — operated chain’s second location in Virginia Beach and seventh in the Hampton Roads area, with other washes in Chesapeake, Newport News, and Hampton. The company now has 63 locations in four states.

Autobell employs approximately 2,000 people and projects to wash over 2.5 million cars in 2011.

DETAILERS TAKE OFF

Renny Doyle of Attention to Details, a master-level detailing training facility located in Big Bear Lake, CA, and a handpicked team of over 30 of the best detailers in the world, are donating their time and skill to restore two historic paragons in U.S. aviation history. Currently located at Boeing Field in Tukwila, just outside Seattle, the first presidential jet plane (Air Force One) known as SAM (Special Air Missions) 970 was a flying Oval Office for four U.S. presidents. The team is also refurbishing a rare WWII B29 Bomber known as T-Square 54, both of which are on exhibit in Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

Doyle, who specializes in detailing high-end automobiles and private/corporate jets, began restoring the deteriorating exterior of Air Force One in 2003. He realized the restoration required a team — not just one man. Since then, he has selected the 30 best detailers out of over 250 of his graduates worldwide to contribute to the triennial project.

The Air Force One and B29 Bomber projects require 1,500 to 2,000 man-hours, equivalent to one man working for a full year, to complete it. “To give you a perspective,” Doyle explains, “We will use over 2,000 microfiber towels, 1,000 terry cloth towels, some 2,000 feet of plastic sheeting, over 5,000 feet of extension cords, some 200 polishing pads, and gallons and gallons of cleaner, polishes, and paint protective sealers.”

CAR WASH LENDING UP

Through the recession, new car wash development projects were few and far between. But as 2010 drew to a close, car wash owners and new investors started seeking opportunities to build new car wash facilities and purchase existing locations, reports Coast Commercial Credit (www.coastcc.com).

At Car Care World Expo, held May 2-4 in Las Vegas, the company experienced the largest number of qualified new investors looking for financing since pre-recession days. In addition, the company reports a large influx of existing operators looking to buy or refinance existing facilities.

RYKO INTEGRATES HILL & FOSS

Ryko Manufacturing Company Inc. (www.ryko.com) of Grimes, IA has announced that it has acquired and will fully integrate the brand, assets, and operations of Hill & Foss, the company’s second largest distributor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move provides Ryko with direct sales and service support for customers in the states of Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. As part of the acquisition, Ryko also announced that Jim Rennie, Hill & Foss’ long-term sales manager, has joined the company as eastern regional sales manager. Tom Foss will stay with the company in a transitional consultant role.

1.5 MILLION GALLONS OF MOTOR OIL RECYCLED

Universal Lubricants (www.ecoultraoil.com) of Wichita, KS has hit the 1.5 million gallon production mark for its green motor oil — ECO ULTRA®. Made in the United States at the company’s advanced re-refinery, ECO ULTRA is an American Petroleum Institute (API) certified motor oil that has one of the highest percentages of recycled oil content and meets Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) requirements and current vehicle manufacturers’ specifications. Unlike other companies that simply bottle re-refined oil, Universal Lubricants collects, re-refines, blends, and re-distributes its own green motor oil ensuring that every quart consistently is of the highest quality for optimal performance.

The United States produces approximately 1.3 billion gallons of used oil each year, and only 10 percent of it is
re-refined. The rest of the used oil is either improperly disposed of (damaging the environment) or burned as an industrial fuel and is gone forever. Universal Lubricants is dedicated to reversing this trend.

Most recently Universal Lubricants inked deals with Equipment Savers Fleet Services of Colorado and Enterprise Holdings, operator of Enterprise, Alamo, and National car rental brands, to collect and re-refine their used oil. Equipment Savers will account for approximately 55,000 gallons of used oil each year, while the Enterprise deal kicks off at the company’s airport service centers in five states initially.

SONNY’S AND HPWS JOIN FORCES

SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory (www.sonnysdirect.com), the largest manufacturer of conveyorized car wash equipment in the world, has announced the appointment of Hi-Performance Wash Systems (HPWS) (www.hpws.com) as its exclusive distributor of tunnel equipment in Wyoming, Colorado, and Western Kansas.

“It’s extremely important for SONNY’S to identify partners that not only have the ability to deliver first class
service and support, but who also share our vision of making car washing easy for our clients”, said Robert Picard, vice president of sales. “HPWS clearly fits our stringent criteria and brings 53 years of car washing experience to help our clients succeed in achieving their goals.”

Founded in 1958, HPWS specializes in developing conveyorized tunnel, automatic, and self-service car washes for the investor market, and is the Rocky Mountain region’s largest distributor serving the car wash industry.

WASHWORLD DISTRIBUTORS

De Pere, WI-based Washworld Inc. (www.washworldinc.com) has announced the addition of BlueMar (www.bluemar.com) to its distributor network. Located in Sarasota, FL, BlueMar was established in 2002 and is owned by Glenn Sosa. BlueMar will represent Washworld in the south and central areas of Florida. In addition, BlueMar distributes glass car wash buildings and offers a full line of supporting car wash equipment, chemicals, and service.

In a separate statement, the company announced the appointment of Northeast Washworld, located in Berlin, NJ and owned by David Rennie, to its distributor network. Already an established provider of other car wash services, the company will now be selling and servicing Washworld systems in the Maryland, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey areas.

KWIK CAR WASH CHARITY EVENTS

Kwik Car Wash of Parker and Littleton, CO recently hosted several charity events.

On June 18, the Colorado Gymnastics Institute (CGI) raised nearly $1,300 at their charity car wash held at Kwik Car Wash in Parker. Kwik Car Wash donated 50 percent of their wash sales from the fundraiser’s duration to the organization. The girls and their families also worked hard vacuuming and cleaning windows, hosting a BBQ, and selling 50/50 raffle tickets for additional donations.

On July 9, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Littleton earned nearly $500 at its car wash fundraiser held at Kwik Car Wash in Littleton. Kwik Car Wash donated 50 percent of their wash sales from the fundraiser’s duration to the organization.

The sun was shining and the shammies were out for the Southeast Community Outreach fundraiser at Kwik Car Wash on July 23. Overall, SECOR was able to raise $875 at the event. Volunteers were also on site hosting a bake sale and vacuuming and towel drying vehicles for additional donations.

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