Industry Newsline - December 2008

Industry Newsline


The Automotive Oil Change Association announced that David Saddler has taken over as the association’s executive director beginning October 1, 2008. He succeeded Steve Christie who retired at the end of September after 16 years in the position. Saddler worked the past four years for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in Arlington, VA. The last two years at AAMVA, he was a senior executive of the association and was responsible for a $3 million dollar budget and a staff of 11. He previously held positions with the Security Industry Association and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association. Saddler holds a B.A. in Communications.

The International Carwash Association has announced that associate executive director Eric Wulf will assume the role of executive director and chief executive officer of the association effective January 1, 2009. Wulf succeeds Mark Thorsby who served as executive director for more than fifteen years. Wulf was hired more than two years ago and was instrumental in the creation of new programs to deliver knowledge and proven best practices to the professional car wash industry. Before joining the ICA, Wulf was the executive director of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s national headquarters in Memphis, TN. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa, a master’s degree in business administration from Union University and holds the title of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives. Thorsby will continue to serve as executive director emeritus, while focusing on his role as vice president, consulting services, for the association management firm, SmithBucklin.


Cleaning Systems Inc. of DePere, WI, manufacturer of Lustra™ Professional Car Care Products, announced the appointment of a new distributor in the Northeast United States car wash market. Northeast Car Wash Equipment (NECWE) has been named the new provider of Lustra Professional Car Care Products throughout eastern New York and the New England region. The company, with its corporate headquarters in Littleton, MA, provides complete car wash chemical sales and service programs to all segments of the professional car wash industry. In addition, NECWE will represent an industry-leading equipment line with longtime ties to the region. Visit for contact and information, or for more details.


3M has announced that it recently acquired Dedication to Detail, a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of paint finishing systems including buffing and polishing pads. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition of Dedication to Detail enhances 3M’s range of vehicle appearance products with the addition of patented quick release double-sided foam and wool pads sold under “The Edge” brand.


Washworld Inc. of DePere, WI has announced the appointment of Automatic Excellence Inc. as its distributor for the central and west coast portions of Florida. Automatic Excellence has over 50 years of combined experience as both a distributor and car wash operator and offers value-added services such as site evaluation, site design assistance, financial consultation, engineering support, project management, installation expertise, sales and service training, and ongoing marketing support.


The International Detailing Association (IDA) has elected its first board of directors. Based in Portland, OR, IDA had its beginnings with the formation of the Professional Detailing Association (PDA) in 1989.

Eight positions on the board were recently filled, four representing manufacturers and suppliers, and four representing operators. The elected board members are Stephen Romero of US Products, Erik Jefferies of Cyclo Tool Manufacturers, Rick Goldstein of Ragg Topp, Tom Schurmann of Professional Dispensing Systems, Yvan Lacroix of Repare-Brise, Prentice St Clair of Detail in Progress, Antonio Rosiles of Advanced Detailing, and Anthony Flammia of Gia’s Mobile Detailing.

For more information on IDA, visit


There were 19,726 sparkling autos and trucks exiting Brown Bear Car Washes throughout the Puget Sound area August 21 as the company offered free “Bear Essential” washes at its tunnel wash locations in celebration of its 51st anniversary.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to thank our customers and to show our appreciation. Each year the numbers continue to grow,” said Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat, who started his business in 1957. He said 19,001 drivers took advantage of the promotion in 2007 and 14,896 in 2006.

The company plans to make the event an annual affair, offering free washes at its automated tunnel wash locations in the Puget Sound area on the fourth Thursday of every August.


Intralox LLC has launched a new and improved website at Designed to maximize functionality and simplify navigation in an attractive design, the new website is spacious, highly organized, and complete with an abundance of photos, videos, and information about cost-saving solutions for manufacturers. Supporting customers worldwide, the website is currently available in nine languages — English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese, and Japanese — and will include additional languages in the near future.

Identifying the series and style of a belt is now easier than ever with the improved “Belt Identifier” section of the website. Featuring all the company’s products, this section of the website assists customers in correctly identifying a belt type in three easy steps. If needed, 2D CAD drawings of belt modules, sprockets, and accessories are available for download. In the near future, 3D CAD drawings will be available for download as well.


The Car Care Council has received top national media recognition from North American Precis Syndicate Inc. (NAPS) for two of its consumer radio features entitled “When Your Car Says ‘Wash Me, Please’” and “Hot Weather: The Cause of Car Battery Trouble.” Both radio news releases sparked an extraordinarily high volume of placements by America’s radio broadcasters.

“When Your Car Says ‘Wash Me, Please’” had 916 placements with 68 percent in the leading 50 media markets, and “Hot Weather: The Cause of Car Battery Trouble” had 736 placements with 74 percent in the top 50 media markets. Each of the stories placed in the top one-quarter of one percent of all radio features distributed to the media by NAPS. By comparison, radio features typically generate, on average, 300 to 400 placements, with 400 rarely being reached.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance, and repair. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit


ABB announced that it has combined its two popular North American customer conferences into one single, unique event. ABB Automation & Power World will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL March 24-26, 2009. The new event merges the established ABB Automation World and ABB Power World customer conferences into one comprehensive conference and exhibition that will showcase ABB’s extensive offerings and expertise under one roof.

The three-day conference offers automation and power customers the opportunity to participate in more than 300 workshops; collaborate with their peers as well as ABB technology experts, partners, and executive management; and visit the enormous 70,000 square foot exhibit hall. The expanded exhibit area will feature ABB’s comprehensive product, service, and technology offerings for industry and utility customers.

The conference offers attendees an unprecedented opportunity to learn about how they can improve their efficiency, reliability, productivity, and energy usage at one unique event. Further information is available at


The Car Care Council has launched a new online store for branded “Be Car Care Aware” merchandise that can easily be accessed through the council’s website at or at

According to the council, the new site was developed to further assist aftermarket companies and organizations celebrate Fall Car Care Month in October and National Car Care Month in April, by making it easier to order promotional items directly from the website. Visitors to the site will find a variety of high-quality items such as t-shirts, mugs, calendars, earth-friendly water bottles and caps, as well as promotional items such as balloons, key chains, pens, calendar magnets, tire gauges, and sticky notes.


Scrubs Dog Wash, located at 3135 SW 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL, held its grand opening on Saturday, September 13, 2008. The wash uses the Australian made K9000 Self-Service Dog Wash that allows dog owners to wash their pets at a fraction of what groomers charge.

For $10, dogs can be washed, rinsed, disinfected, and dried in a matter of minutes. It’s all done in an easy to use self-contained, self-serve unit keeping the dog happy and safe. Last year, pet owners spent $41 billion dollars on their pets. It’s one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

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