Industry Newsline - January 2010

Industry Newsline


Autobell Car Wash’s 2010 cartoon/coupon calendar has won a MarCom Gold Award in the marketing/promotion/calendar category from the Association of Marketing & Communications Professionals (AMCP) for the second consecutive year. The custom-designed calendar has been produced for the Charlotte, NC-based car wash chain since 2004 by Hensley Fontana Public Relations & Marketing and Zahnd & Zahnd Illustration/Design.

The 2010 Autobell Cartoon/Coupon Calendar contains over $75 in Autobell coupons and is currently available for $6.95 at all of the chain’s 56 locations and at


AUTEC Car Wash Systems has announced the appointment of Car Wash Services & Equipment LLC (, to represent the AUTEC and the AUTEC In-Bay Express line in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and eastern New York.

Car Wash Services & Equipment was established in 1991 and has been a leading distributor for major equipment manufacturers. The company’s president, Frank DiTommaso, has been active in the industry in New England for more than 37 years. The company currently provides service to more than 300 customers, offers assistance with site and equipment selection, and does installations.


Lino Lakes, MN-based WashCard Systems (, a provider of credit card acceptance systems in the car wash industry, is now offering its fifth-generation wireless reader hardware for use on traditional coin-op washers and dryers. Powered by high-speed Wi-Fi technology, WashCard Systems’ retrofit solution will enable Laundromat operators to offer customers the convenience of credit card acceptance directly on most existing laundry equipment.

WashCard Systems announced its entry into the coin-laundry industry at the 2009 Clean Show in New Orleans. “Credit card acceptance is the preferred and most convenient method of consumer payment,” said Dan Yarusso, the company’s president.


The Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a $10.2 million contract to R.C. Construction of Greenwood, MS for a central vehicle wash facility at Fort Benning, GA. It is the second project of its kind at any army installation in the United States. A similar facility is under construction in Alaska.

This project differs from other standard wash facilities because it will incorporate InterClean basin technology. InterClean Equipment Inc. ( is a leader in heavy-duty, automatic high-pressure cleaning systems.

While standard wash facilities have multiple large, in-ground basins to recapture and reuse water, the InterClean basin technology operates with only two storage basins. They are smaller and easier to operate than standard systems. InterClean basin technology ensures a continuous supply of water with no delay.

The contract includes the design and construction of a 20-acre central wash facility, including parking and staging areas for 52 vehicles, three drive-through washing lanes equipped with InterClean basin technology, 20 individual wash stations, an enclosed break shelter, and an operating booth.

The facility will be capable of washing 80 tracked or wheeled vehicles in about 10 hours. The central wash facility will accommodate the Fort Knox Armor School, which is moving to Fort Benning by September 2011 as part of the Army’s Base Realignment and Closure program.

Like all Army construction, the central wash facility will satisfy silver-rating criteria established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council standards.


Mister Car Wash recently opened its latest car wash on 14th Street in Des Moines, IA. It is the company’s fourth location in the Des Moines area.

Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, Mister Car Wash operates 64 car washes and 24 Express Lubes in seven states throughout the United States. The company has over 2,500 employees, and washes more than seven million vehicles annually. Additional information on Mister Car Wash can be found at


Leola, PA-based Clean Burn (, a manufacturer of used-oil furnaces and boilers, has capped off its 30th anniversary year by receiving the “2009 Save Energy Now Energy Saver” award presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program.

The Energy Saver award is presented to those companies that participate in a Save Energy Now energy assessment and successfully achieve more than 75,000 MMBtu total energy savings or more than 7.5 percent total energy savings. One of the unique aspects that made Clean Burn eligible for this award is that the company heats its 125,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with recycled used-oil through the company’s boilers and furnaces. The company does not use any electricity or natural gas for heat.


Amnis LLC of Kansas City, MO has announced the acquisition of Kim Inc. The new ownership will continue to do business as Kim Supply ( and will maintain the current levels of service. Kim Supply was founded in 1954 by Orville Kimsey as an agricultural equipment manufacturer and wholesaler. In the ‘60s the company’s focus shifted to the commercial potential of the newly emerging car wash industry. This trend has continued through the last 40 years.


An automated touch free motorcycle wash has been installed at Dirt Stripper car wash in Speedway, IN, bringing a new way for motorcycle owners to clean their bikes in just a few minutes for just a few dollars.

Called Moto Express Wash,® the wash bay looks and works similarly to a traditional automated car wash. Bikes are driven into the bay, where the rider dismounts. The bike is secured by a computerized system that activates blocks at the kickstand and front tire, stabilizing the bike. An arm moves across and over the bike for pre-soak, wash, and the spot-free rinse. At the same time, the front and rear wheels are rotated and cleaned, and then the bike is air-dried. The whole process takes about five minutes.

The installation of Moto Express Wash automated motorcycle wash comes less than a year after Harrell’s Car Wash System® tested a prototype of the automated motorcycle wash at the Dirt Stripper car wash located at 4980 Crawfordsville Road in Speedway.


The Car Washing and Polishing Registration requirement in the State of California has been extended. The new expiration date is January 1, 2014. Anyone owning a car wash or polishing business in the State of California that employs labor for more than just maintenance and cashier functions must register with the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations. Failure to register ($300 fee), and renew annually, will result in a $10,000 fine.

A recent inspection sweep resulted in 103 car washes being issued with 141 citations totaling $916,711. Of that amount, $600,900 related to 76 car washes failing to register with the state.

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