Industry Newsline - August 2006

Industry Newsline


Rob Patterson

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.


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.

Patricia Wilson, 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.


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.

“The International 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 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.

The 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.

For more information regarding D & S’ new financing department, please call (800) 844-3442.


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.

“We’re excited 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 at Splash.”


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 the company’s 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

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