MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Mitchell K. Skaggs has been promoted to vice president of business
transformation for The Valvoline Company, the Lexington,
KY-based division of Ashland Inc. Skaggs has a broad background
in operations, human resources, and supply chain/purchasing. The
company's lube industry sales group will also report to him. Skaggs,
a native of Columbia, KY, has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from
the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He joined Valvoline in
1984 as a lab technician at the company's Cincinnati packaging plant.
The company also announced the promotion of Craig A. Moughler to
senior vice president and managing director of Valvoline International.
In this role, Moughler will oversee the company's worldwide sales
and marketing operations. The presidents and managing directors
of the company's European, Australian, Chinese, South African, and
Latin American operations will report to him.
Moughler is a native of Waterloo, IN. He is an engineering graduate
of Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN and has a master's degree
in business administration from the University of New Orleans. He
joined Valvoline in 1988.
Emerson Motor Company, the St. Louis. MO-based manufacturer
of electrical motors, has announced the promotion of Tim Albers
to the position of director of marketing, Industrial Solutions Division.
Albers, who has been with Emerson for five years, will oversee marketing
activities and aftermarket inside sales for its Industrial Solutions
Division. Albers started his career with Emerson as a product manager
for US Electrical Motors. Most recently, he served as the product
line manager of horizontal motors for Emerson Motor Company. Albers
has a degree in business administration from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The northeast region sales office of GC Valves has been
relocated to Cranberry Township, PA, near Pittsburgh. The office
was previously located in York, PA. Chuck Stevens continues as northeast
region sales manager. Address and contact information is as follows:
Northeast Region Sales Office
P.O. Box 2057
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-1057
Phone: (724) 772-8900
Fax: (724) 772-8902
Web site: www.gcvalves.com
Firelake Manufacturing, LLC of Dassel, MN has opened
a sales and technical service office in Virginia for its line of
Shenandoah brand waste oil heaters and boilers. The new facility
is located in Mt. Crawford, VA and houses Firelake's sales, technical
service, and research and development offices. Staff at the new
location includes a number of individuals with significant experience
with the Shenandoah waste oil burner product line, including Mason
Smith, corporate sales manager; Bertie Thompson, head customer service
representative; Kevin Clernmer, head engineer; and Randy Cullers,
MEGUIAR'S SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS
Meguiar's Inc. announced the winners of its 2002 Football Classic
Sweepstakes. Hosted by Meguiar's Professional Sales Group, the sweepstakes
was part of a multi-faceted, business-to-business initiative open
exclusively to professionals working in body shops, detailers, paint
shops and car dealerships. The distribution channel reaped the benefits
of the promotion by receiving a matching prize each time one of
their customers won a prize.
Four lucky Grand Prize winners each received a pair of tickets
to the 2003 NFL Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, CA on Sunday, January
26, round-trip airfare, and luxury hotel accommodation for four
nights. The winners were:
o J. Pearsall, Island Collision Center, Minicqua, WI
o M. Kruncos, Paul's Paint, Scholfield, WI
o J. Wiedean, Pauls' Paint, Scholfield, WI
o B. Birk, PBE Jobbers, Madison, WI
Meguiar's Football Classic Sweepstakes' four First Prize winners
each received a new 60-inch projection television set. An X-Box
game system from Microsoft and the NFL 2003 game made up each of
the four Second Prizes. There were 100 Third Prize
winners, each of whom received an NFL DVD video set.
WASHUSA TOPS $100,000!
WashUSA spokesperson Mark Curtis has announced that, with fewer
than 65 participants yet to report their donation amount, the November
2 WashUSA fundraiser has broken the $100,000 mark. "I'm just
thrilled," said Curtis. "This is so significant and will
mean so much to so many deserving children." Some 700 washes
in 31 states participated in the 2002 event for the benefit of The
Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) of America, an organization that grants
wishes to children with terminal illnesses.
Planning for the 2003 event, slated for November 1, is well underway.
"We know what we need to do to make the fundraiser more successful
and easier on our participants," Curtis said. "The committee
is now working to implement some changes, but we are still asking
for feedback from anyone who participated in 2002. We want this
to be the best event it can be."
For more information on participation and sponsorship opportunities
contact Curtis at (888) WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury at (518) 877-6779
or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This banner at the Wilton, CT location of Splash Car Wash promoted
the WashUSA fundraiser.
AUTO WAX SUES WAX BYTES
Auto Wax Company, Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit
against Wax Bytes and its owner/officer Mark Tyler. The lawsuit
states that Wax Bytes and Mark Tyler have willfully infringed Auto
Wax's patent rights covering detailing clay and the use of detailing
This lawsuit is a continuation of Auto Wax's successful efforts
to enforce its clay patent rights. Unlike some of the previous suits
(which were in many instances against manufacturers and importers
of clay), this lawsuit is against a reseller of clay. Auto Wax says
it intends to enforce its patent rights against clay "resellers"
just as it has in the past against manufacturers and importers of
$20,000 TO CHARITY FROM VIOC
Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) presented Charity Cars, Inc.,
an organization that provides cars to the needy, with a check for
$20,000, representing funds raised during the VIOC "Famous
Cars Roadshow," a collection of legendary vehicles from film
and television that toured the country this past summer. The check
presentation was part of a ceremony held recently at a Toledo, OH
VIOC service center, during which the first family to benefit from
the "Famous Cars Roadshow" received a refurbished 1996
Chevy Tahoe from VIOC and Charity Cars.
(L-R) VIOC Regional Marketing Manager Seth Hancock; VIOC Director
of Information Services Valerie Schirmer; Charity Cars Representative
Cindy Busbee; Toledo residents and program beneficiaries David and
Christina Hensel with son Justyn.
LOCK AMERICA ENTERS EUROPEAN MARKET
Chris Shope, Lock America Inc. vice president of sales and marketing,
has announced the company's full-service entry into the UK and European
market for its entire product line in vending, gaming, coin-op and
self-storage. L.A.I. spent two years looking for the right company
to handle the full L.A.I. line and engaged TRANIK-Services Ltd.,
a respected security company, to manufacture, market, and distribute
TRANIK-Services Ltd. was incorporated in April 1999 with the initial
aim of providing consulting and information services to government
departments and private companies regarding transport and parking
systems around the world. TRANIK also set about providing business
development and marketing facilities for international companies
wishing to enter the UK market. TRANIK-Services can be contacted
at 011-44-120-288-4984 or at email@example.com.
NASDAQ: MACE HANGS ON
Mace Security International, Inc. has announced that it was advised
by Nasdaq on December 30, 2002 that Mace was in compliance with
National Market Place Rule 4450(a)(5), that is, that the company
maintained a minimum bid price of at least one dollar for ten consecutive
business days ending December 24, 2002. The company was therefore
not subject to being delisted. On December 17, 2002, Mace effected
a one-for-two reverse stock split.
On October 2, 2002, the company was advised by Nasdaq that its
common stock had failed to trade above one dollar for thirty consecutive
business days, and was therefore not in compliance with the aforementioned
Marketplace Rule. Nasdaq advised the Company that it had until December
31, 2002 to maintain a bid price of at least one dollar for ten
consecutive business days or be delisted.