Industry Newsline - February 2003

Industry Events


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:

GC Valves
Northeast Region Sales Office
P.O. Box 2057
Cranberry Township, PA 16066-1057
Phone: (724) 772-8900
Fax: (724) 772-8902
Web site:

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, engineer.


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:

This banner at the Wilton, CT location of Splash Car Wash promoted the WashUSA fundraiser.


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 clay.

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 infringing clay.


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.


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 L.A.I. products.

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


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.

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