MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Dosmatic U.S.A./International Inc. has announced the appointment
of Wichai Wongwareetip as regional manager of Asian operations based
in the Dosmatic Asia Co., Ltd. office in Bangkok, Thailand. Wongwareetip
is responsible for Dosmatic Sales in the Asian market including
the establishment and coordination of distribution channels, sales
service centers. In addition, he oversees management of Asia's OEM
accounts. Wongwareetip has an extensive background in this segment
of the industry and the Thailand market.
NCW REACHES GREAT LAKES
Nashville, TN-based National Car Wash (NCW) has announced that
it concluded an agreement with Greatlakes NCW, LLC to expand the
car wash chain's presence in the central US.
"Greatlakes NCW is an independent company owned by Steve Guillory
and Tom and Rita Bird from Holland, MI," said Tim Jones of
NCW. "These fine people will own and operate several NCW franchises
and will be brokers for NCW in Michigan, northern Ohio, northern
Indiana, and northeastern Illinois. Their territory will include
the cities of Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dayton, Columbus,
According to Jones, Greatlakes NCW will operate its own NCW franchises,
and will also assist in the sales operations of other NCW franchises.
Jones said that the site evaluation process had already begun on
several properties with the first openings expected in 2005.
LOCK AMERICA IN EUROPE
Lock America International of Garden Grove, CA, has joined forces
with Eurocoin, Europe's leading supplier of products and services
for the amusement, gaming, and other coin-op industries, to open
up a service center to provide its products to the European marketplace.
This will be the exclusive sales and service center for all of Europe.
Lock America - founded by Frank Minnella and Steve Tsiao in California
in 1982 - develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of high-security
locks and hardware to the North American and Australasian markets.
The association with Eurocoin will enable Lock America to deliver
the same products and services to the European market. Eurocoin
sells across Europe and Africa from its UK headquarters near London
and its pan-European network of regional offices and sales representatives.
Chris Shope, Lock America's vice president of sales and marketing,
expressed his company's excitement at having found and teamed up
with an established company with over thirty years of experiencein
the coin-op industry. "They are an established group with a
great reputation and their newly-devised E-Service division will
ensure that customers will enjoy phenomenal service,"
For more information about Lock America, visit www.laigroup.com
on the web, or to learn more about Eurocoin, visit www.eurocoin.co.uk.
TOKEN WEB SITE
Cincinnati, OH-based Osborne Coinage Co. has unveiled a new easy-to-navigate
web site (www.osbornecoin.com)
with a comprehensive product selector that offers "at-a-glance"
comparisons of metals available, pricing, weight, production lead
time, and minimum order quantities. Hundreds of examples of products
and packaging options can be viewed.
Established in 1835, Osborne Coinage is America's oldest private
mint and produces high-quality custom-minted coins, tokens, medallions,
and key chains in aluminum, brass, red brass, nickel-silver, bronze,
and even fine silver and solid gold.
PDQ ACQUIRES DYNAMIC
PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the acquisition
of Dynamic Software Inc., a software development company based in
Green Bay, WI. PDQ and Dynamic have been working
together for over two years in the development and implementation
of the Wash Access Loyalty System (WALS), a web-based loyalty/fleet
management system developed for PDQ's Access(r) Customer Management
Dynamic Software was established in 1985 and has been developing
customized software solutions and integrating systems for 18 years.
In a separate statement, PDQ announced that it had appointed Solares
and Co. as its exclusive distributor for Puerto Rico. Solares is
a well-known Puerto Rico industrial equipment distributor, focusing
primarily on the petroleum retail industry.
Cleaning Systems Inc./Lustra of De Pere, WI recently completed
an extensive plant renovation. "With advances in available
technology, we were able to upgrade our production facility, allowing
increase our capacity, improve operating efficiencies, and increase
the overall level of automation within the plant," said Ron
Kubala, CSI's plant manager. "With these changes we are positioned
to meet our customers' product needs well into the future."
In a separate statement, Cleaning Systems Inc./Lustra announced
that it had moved electronic call reporting by its distributors
to the web. "We have recently completed the move of the electronic
interface between our distributors and their customers to the web,"
said Jim Thomes, vice president, sales and marketing for Lustra.
"The second generation of our SMART technology now allows
the distributors' solutions reps to file their customer service
reports from any computer, at any time. The solutions reps are now
able to send copies of their customer service reports to the distributorship
as well as the operator by e-mail or fax at the touch of a button,
taking customer service to the next level," Thomes added.
VIOC IN TROOP SUPPORT CAMPAIGN
Buffalo Bills players, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, and Niagara
Falls Air Base joined forces to arrange a "Hometown Hello"
troop-support campaign. Huge garage-door-sized greeting cards were
the most visible part of this multi-faceted U.S. military troop
support effort that was offered at all of the 16 VIOC locations
in Western New York.
The campaign, dubbed "Hometown Hello," encouraged VIOC
customers and any local resident to sign these cards with encouragement
from family and friends back home. In addition, residents were encouraged
to bring a "gift." A press conference was held on Veterans
Day, Thursday, November 11, 2004, which included Buffalo Bills players
and members of the 914th Airlift Wing and 107th Air Refueling Wing
from Niagara Falls AFB signing the first greetings. Buffalo Bills
players present at the press conference included wide receiver Drew
Haddad and place kicker Rian Lindell.
In announcing the program, VIOC general manager Robert C. Witherell
Jr. said, "At this time of year, we wanted to direct our resources
to help those that are doing the ultimate sacrifice for this nation
from our employees, customers, and friends here in Western New York.
If we can give a little additional comfort and encouragement to
our brave men and women who cannot be with their loved ones this
holiday season, then 'Hometown Hello' will be successful"
MACE SEEKS CAR WASH EXIT
Mace Security International Inc. ("Mace") (Nasdaq: MACE),
owner/operator of car and truck wash facilities and a manufacturer
of electronic surveillance and personal defense products has announced
that it has engaged investment bankers Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.
to investigate the possible sale of all of the Mace's car and truck
Mace will consider a sale if the purchase price received would
be sufficient to retire all debt related to the car and truck washes
and provide capital for the growth of Mace'selectronic surveillance
and personal defense divisions. The company seeks to grow these
two divisions through acquisitions, new product development and
new market penetration.
Mace currently owns and operates 49 car washes and five truck washes.
The car washes are located in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Texas (Major cities include: Phoenix, Philadelphia,
Fort Myers, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio). The truck washes are
in Arizona, Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
COURT STOPS CLAY SALES
Federal judge Joan H. Lefkow issued a preliminary injunction on
October 29, 2004, which ordered Kucala Enterprises, John Kucala,
and Dawn Kucala to immediately stop selling detailing clay. In the
future, Kucala is prohibited from selling detailing clay without
court approval. This order came after the Court found that Kucala
had presented no substantialevidence of non-infringement, despite
being specifically ordered to do so by the Court.
This action follows previous litigation in which Auto Wax Company's
patent rights relating to clay were upheld. According to David Miller,
president of Auto Wax Company, "Kucala has already been ordered
to pay over $93,000 to Auto Wax for violating court orders. Kucala
has also been prohibited from challenging the validity and enforceability
of the Auto Wax clay patents. Now, he has been prohibited from selling
detailing clay. This ruling sends a clear message to Kucala, and
to other companies. Companies that use and/or sell Kucala's clay
may also be liable for patent infringement."