MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
De Pere, WI-based PDQ Manufacturing, Inc. has named Rob Patterson as its new business development manager
for the southwestern US. Based in Houston, TX, Patterson is responsible
for helping PDQ distributors serve customers throughout Oklahoma,
Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. He joined PDQ in mid May. Patterson
holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from Texas State University — San
Marcos. His 15-year career in sales of high-tech equipment includes
experience with Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems. Patterson’s
also owns and operates five vehicle washes that feature PDQ equipment.
7 FLAGS RAISES $2,000 FOR MAKE-A-WISH
| Caroline Reich, (left) corporate development manager
for Make-A-Wish, receives the $2,000 check from Cathy and Jack
Anthony, owners of 7 Flags Car Wash.
On Saturday, June 17 professional car washes across America joined
together for WashUSA, an event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jack Anthony’s 7 Flag Car Wash participated for the 5th consecutive
year, making a donation from each car wash purchased during Wash
USA at three locations in Vacaville, Fairfield, and Vallejo, CA.
A total of $2,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish.
executive director of Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation,
said, “Jack Anthony and his three 7 Flags Car Wash locations
have been stalwart supporters of Make-A-Wish and Wash USA over
the years. We applaud their efforts to help fund magical wishes
for children with life-threatening medical conditions.”
Autobell Car Wash Inc. — the family-owned,
privately-held car wash company based in Charlotte — has
opened its fourth Raleigh-area car wash and its 44th unit overall.
The newest car wash is at 2710 Godley Lane in the Brier Creek area
of northwest Raleigh.
Autobell is America’s second-largest
full-service conveyor-operated car wash company with 44 units in
22 North Carolina and four Virginia cities. The company was founded
in Charlotte in 1969 by the late Charles Howard — Chuck
Howard’s father — and now employees approximately 1,200 people and
washes over 2 million cars annually.
The company also recently awarded 30 employees
its 2006 Academic Scholarships toward the college or university
of their choice, with this year’s gifts
totaling $22,900. Since its inception, the Autobell Scholarship
Program has awarded over $75,000 in academic funds to employees.
The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current
Autobell employees with at least one year’s service. Employees who
are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school
diploma within the past three years can complete and submit the
short application, along with references, an acceptance letter
from an accredited college or university, and a 500-word essay.
The Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses
the scholarship recipients.
CT AG STEPS INTO JEEP ISSUE
The International Carwash Association
reports that the attorney general of the state of Connecticut,
Richard Blumenthal, has called for an investigation to be conducted
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into the
cause of the sudden unintended acceleration incidents involving
Jeep Cherokees and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
Carwash Association supports an investigation by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration,” said Mark Thorsby, executive
director of the ICA. “An investigation by the NHTSA would provide valuable
information and contribute greatly to end these incidents which damage property
and cause injuries and deaths,” he said.
D & S FORMS FINANCE DEPT.
D & S Car Wash Equipment Co.
of High Ridge, MO has created a new finance division, designed
to help professional car wash operators obtain financing for equipment
upgrades and construction needs. The new division also provides
assistance to investors seeking long-term financing of their total
project, including the real estate, building and equipment.
finance division offers many types of financial programs tailored
made to meet the individual borrower’s needs. Assistance
for customers who are considering D & S equipment
purchases also includes the development of a professional business
plan. All services are offered free of charge to the borrower.
more information regarding D & S’ new financing department,
please call (800) 844-3442.
NURIDE PICKS SPLASH
Splash, the Connecticut-based car wash chain,
has become the official car wash for commuters who earn reward
points by sharing rides arranged through NuRide, Inc., the nation’s
first rideshare network to offer consumer rewards.
Members of NuRide
earn reward points every time they share a ride, which can be redeemed
for various rewards provided by corporate sponsors. Among the rewards
beginning on June 21 are $10 Splash gift cards, according to Splash
president and co-founder Mark Curtis.
to join Governor Rell’s challenge to reduce
the traffic congestion in Connecticut,” said Curtis. “NuRide’s
program of facilitating carpooling is tremendous. We’re happy to have
Splash be part of the program.”
“What makes Splash a perfect partner
for NuRide is not their large operations or even their unique approach to car
washing, but rather their total commitment to their customers’ Splash
experience,” said Rick Steele, NuRide’s
chief executive officer. “We are equally committed to our members’ NuRide
experience, so I know they will absolutely love using their reward gift cards
STONER PROJECT CARS
Stoner Inc. of Quarryville, PA will be building
custom 1993 Mazda MX-3 and 2001 Mazda Protégé MP3
project cars in 2006 for use as marketing tools to be placed in
exhibits at many of the premier national car shows. Exposure
is the sole responsibility of these cars.
The aim of this project
is to gain the attention of both young and old at every key event.
Upcoming shows include:
August 19 — HIN (Hot Import Nights),
Los Angeles, CA
September 16 — Nopi Nationals, Atlanta, GA
September 30 — HIN, Seattle, WA
October 7 — HIN, Dallas, TX
October 14 — Night Shift, San Mateo, CA
November 1 — SEMA, Las Vegas, NV
December 16 — HIN, Miami, FL