Industry Newsline - February 2008

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Cloister Wash & Lube of Pennsylvania has announced the promotion of Joseph Danver to site manager at its Sinking Spring location. Danver is responsible for site management, personnel development and administration, and all business aspects at the site. He has been at Cloister for five and a half years and was previously the assistant site manager.

Champion Laboratories, Inc. of Albion, IL has announced the appointment of Stephen Horn to vice president of sales. Horn will be a member of the executive staff and have responsibility for the sale of Champion filtration products worldwide — including well-known brand names such as Champ®, PetroClear®, Kleener®, and Luber-finer®. Horn, who holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Western Illinois University, previously served in executive positions with Perfection Clutch, Timmonsville, SC; Raybestos Brakes, McHenry, IL; and Apex Automotive Warehouse, Chicago, IL.

Craig Campbell, vice president of strategic accounts and product development for Mark VII Equipment Inc. of Arvada, CO, has accepted a position at the Augsburg, Germany headquarters of Mark VII’s parent company, WashTec AG.

Campbell will assume the role of director of business development for distributor markets. He will report to Bernd von Doering, managing director of WashTec Cleaning Technologies, and will be responsible for business development in indirect markets in Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

MISTER CAR WASH BUYS VINTAGE

Mister Car Wash recently announced the acquisition of the Vintage Car Wash chain in El Paso, TX. The acquisition consists of nine car washes and seven lube shops and helps accelerate Mister Car Wash’s strategic expansion into new geographic markets. With the Vintage acquisition, Mister Car Wash now operates 60 Car Washes and 24 lube shops. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An operating company of private equity firm Oncap, Mister Car Wash is headquartered in Tucson, AZ, has over 2,400 employees, and washes more than 7 million vehicles annually.

VETERANS HONORED

Car wash operators nationwide celebrated Veterans Day with pride this year. Thirty-two operators requested information to participate in this years Grace for Vets program, which is designed to honor veterans by providing them with a complimentary car wash. For 2007, a total of 92 locations reported 7,893 veterans’ cars washed on the weekend of November 11.

Mike Mountz, CEO of Cloister Wash & Lube of Ephrata, PA, founded Grace for Vets in 2004. “My goal is for operators across the country to wash a million veterans’ cars. It is the right thing to do, is a good business model, and has a positive impact on the industry,” said Mountz.

For more information, call (877) BESTWASH or visit the Grace for Vets booth at the International Carwash Association’s Car Care World Expo 2008, April 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

CWONJ MEETING

The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) went back to basics with a round table meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Clark on December 11. A variety of topics — including additional profit centers, express exteriors, maintenance and equipment, technology, immigration, and chemicals — were discussed at each table.

“We wanted to create a really solid meeting that would reflect the issues facing operators today,” said Doug Karvelas, CWONJ president. “We were able to get experts from our membership to lead the discussions at each table. I think we were successful in providing a great meeting.”

The group’s next meeting is February 5 at the Crowne Plaza in Clark. The meeting is titled, “Going Green” and will feature technology operators can employ and steps they can take to be more environmentally conscious at the wash. For registration information, call the association office at (800) 287-6604 or (518) 280-4767. You can also visit www.cwonj.com.

AOCA TRAINING

The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) is offering manager-training courses in the United States and Canada in 2008. The courses teach strategies for hiring, training, and motivating employees; bringing in and retaining more customers; making the most of your advertising dollars; developing excellent customer service; staying on top of the latest Canadian and U.S. government regulations; maintaining equipment; monitoring inventory; and organizing business records and files.

Attendees receive the Manager Training Guide, which is full of valuable information, ideas, and templates. The course is taught by a successful lube operator with many years of experience in the industry.

Courses for 2008 are scheduled as follows:

Toronto — April 15-16
Dallas — May 20-21
Chicago — September 16-17
Portland — October 7-8
Atlanta — November 11-12

For more information, or to register, go to www.aoca.org/education.cfm or call AOCA at (800) 331-0329.

PECO’S SOUTHWEST REP

PECO Carwash Systems of Auburn Hills, MI has appointed Autowash Solutions as its business development arm in the Southwest United States region. Anthony Antonis, president of Autowash, will direct sales, service, and marketing programs for the area on behalf of PECO.

Antonis brings 20 years of car wash industry knowledge with strong emphasis in the tunnel segment. His experience encompasses tunnel wash operations, mechanical and electronic equipment specification, and channel sales and service.

WASHWORLD’S NEW WEBSITE

Washworld has announced the launch of its new website at www.washworldinc.com. In addition to an overview of the company and its products, the interactive site features a distributor locator section and an info center with downloadable photos and informational sheets on Washworld’s latest technological advances or the car wash industry.

PATENT FOR SAFETVEYR

The United States Patent Office recently granted Michael Horn, president of Great Neck, NY-based SAFETVEYR, LLC, a patent for the application of innovative moving-floor conveyor technology for use in car washing. SAFETVEYR manufactures modular flat-belt moving floor conveyors for car washes and also offers a similar product tailored to the needs of the automotive detailing industry.

SAFETVEYR supplies product internationally and accordingly has applied to extend its protection by registering that same patent recognition worldwide. The company currently has conveyor systems operating in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe, and is actively seeking qualified representation around the globe.

SAFETVEYR recently unveiled a patent-pending application of its moving-floor conveyor system combined with in-bay automatic rollover car washes, creating the in-bay express — the first of its kind in the industry.

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