MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Hanna Car Wash Systems International has announced the return of
Samir Beaini to its team of executives as vice president for North
American business development. Beaini's mission is to grow and strengthen
Hanna's North American distribution. Beaini started his career in
the car wash industry at Hanna in Portland, OR in 1987 as a telemarketer
and worked his way through the ranks to be senior marketing manager
when he left Hanna in 1990. Beaini holds a degree in business administration
and speaks several languages.
The company also announced the appointment of RobertPotter as chief
financial officer. Potter has over 15 years of financial, costing,
and systems experience in the manufacturing environment. He brings
decided manufacturing-operations viewpoint to the financial and
information systems areas. Potter has a degree in French and German
and an MBA in accounting.
Linden, NJ-based Jobe Industries Inc. has announced the appointment
of Steve Switzer as sales representative for New Jersey and Northeastern
Pennsylvania. Switzer comes to Jobe Industries Inc. after 18 years
as a sales representative for Simoniz USA. Switzer has served for
many years on the board of directors of Carwash Operators of New
Jersey Inc. He holds a BA and an MA from Rutgers University and
has published articles in various trade journals.
Security Filter Products Company Inc. of Colonial Heights, VA has
announced several personnel moves. Lea Hume has been promoted to
director of marketing and training. In this new position, Hume will
be responsible for the company's advertising and sales promotion
efforts, customer training, new product and service research, application
catalogs, technical and warranty issues, and our electronic data
Helene Vaughan has been named director of sales. Her responsibilities
will include conducting business reviews with customers, introducing
new items, responding to customer service issues, and the general
maintenance of current oil change customer accounts in the USA.
Amy Streich replaces Vaughan as manager of administration and customer
service. This position involves numerous financial and customer
support responsibilities. First and foremost, Streich will ensure
that customer orders flow efficiently and expeditiously to their
PDQ: NEW WEB SITE
PDQ Manufacturing Inc. has announced the launch of its redesigned
web site at www.pdqinc.com.
"The new web site is a valuable resource tool providing our
distributors, customers, and potential investors access to PDQ's
latest products and enhancements in a user-friendly format,"
according to Mark Van Pay, the company's marketing director.
The web site allows visitors to explore the company's wash portfolios
automatic systems and conveyorized tunnel systems; keys to successful
touch-free washing; information on the latest PDQ products and enhancements;
answers to frequently asked questions; site performance tips and
guidelines; market facts; etc
MACE 3Q LOSS LESS
Mount Laurel, NJ-based Mace Security International Inc. (Mace)
has announced financial results for the third quarter and the nine-month
period ending September 30, 2001.
Reported revenues for the third quarter were $11.0 million compared
to $12.7 million for the third quarter of 2000.
According to the company, this decline in revenues was largely
the result of more rain and cloud days in the Texas region, a temporary
decrease in wash volume in all regions due to the terrorist attacks
on September 11, and a reduction in wash volume due to "the
divesting of several car washes." Net loss for the third quarter
of 2001 was $20,000 compared to a net loss of $84,000 in 2000.
The third quarter's decline in wash volume, the company says, was
partially offset by internal growth in revenue per car, which continued
to increase due to the company's revenue enhancement initiatives
including aggressively marketing various on-line and off-line car
wash and detailing services, and direct-mail coupon advertising
campaigns. In the third quarter of 2001, average wash and detail
revenue per car increased 5.8 percent to $14.54 from $13.74 in the
third quarter of 2000, which included an increase in detailing revenues
of 9.0 percent to $2.4 million from $2.2 million in the same quarter
Reported revenues for the nine months ending September 30, 2001
were $36.8 million compared to $36.6 million generated in the same
period of 2000. Net income for the first nine months of 2001 was
$641,000 compared to $591,000 in 2000.
BLUE-WHITE'S NEW HOME
Blue-White Industries has officially moved to its new Corporate/Manufacturing
building in Huntington Beach, CA. Construction of the new facility
began in September 2000. A few of the design features
include: high-efficiency lighting and 42 skylights; five miles of
category 5 data and communications cabling; more than 20 miles of
electrical wiring; separate CNC shop with concrete walls;
a specially designed employee common area with kitchen, vending,
telephone, and indoor/outdoor dining areas; drought-resistant landscaping,
and parking for 115 vehicles. Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.
The new street address details are as follows:
5300 Business Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
VIOC OIL-LYMPICS WINNERS
Best Oil Change Team (left to right): assistant manager Kris Jerome,
customer service representative Holley Wood, area manager Lorn Morden.
A team of Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) employees from Redford
Township, MI was recently named "America's Best Oil Change
Team" by 13 expert judges in the National Oil-Lympics, an annual
competition VIOC organizes for employees of its nearly 700 service
National finals were held on Saturday, October 6 at VIOC's Smyrna,
TN service center. In addition to the title, the winners also earned
free lessons at a professional racecar driving school and official
racing helmets signed by NASCAR driver Johnny Benson, among other
Finalist teams representing more than 1,500 VIOC employees and
300-plus franchise centers that participated in preliminary rounds
of the contest competed for the national title. Each three-person
team raced to complete two 72-step full-service oil changes with
exacting detail in less than 20 minutes. The judges rated each team
on 123 criteria tied to the company's proprietary SuperPro(r) training
program, a precise certification process that all employees must
complete before working on customer vehicles.
The competition final followed shortly after the publication of
articles in Seventeen and Teen People
magazines in which oil change jobs were characterized as among the
"coolest" for young women. Both articles discuss opportunities
for women in the automotive service business, despite its image
as a male-dominated industry, and describe how female auto technicians
are received by co-workers and customers. Each article featured
a VIOC female employee.
CASTROL LAUNCHES ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES PROGRAM
BASE (Building Architecture Services) is a new program from Castrol
North America that offers a team
of trained professionals to design and build automotive facilities
for Castrol customers. BASE simplifies the process of building a
new facility, expanding an existing facility or updating a facilities
image. One of the most significant and obvious benefits to the BASE
program is that there is no franchise buy-in. The client can still
be an entrepreneur, an independent operator, yet use Castrol's resources.
The BASE program includes the following features: latest in design
trends for maximum efficiency, functionality, and productivity;
customized logos and signage; site selection assistance; right sizing;
customer control over project, facility appearance; preliminary
cost estimates; CAD drawings; etc.
The Building Architectural Service is just the latest of the support
programs available to Castrol customers. Others include technician
training and certification; marketing; customer warranty and roadside
assistance; financial assistance; etc.
PDQ TAKES THE GOLD
The judges of the Equip'Auto exposition, held October 16 - 21 in
Paris, have presented PDQ's LaserWash(r) 4000 the "gold"
award as the most technologically innovative equipment at the show.
The Equip'Auto exposition is one of the largest European trade shows
featuring automobile-related products and services, including car
The award was accepted by Franck Bourc'his, managing director of
PDQ's French distributor, Star Lavage, and Fernand Goupy, sales
manager. Also attending the show from PDQ Manufacturing were Charlie
Lieb, president; Dick Rimrodt, managing director of international
sales; and Michael von Knorring, European sales manager.