Industry Newsline - July 2009

Industry Newsline


D&S Car Wash Equipment Company ( of High Ridge, MO has announced the appointment of Mike Benton as vice president of sales for the Eastern United States. He will assume immediate responsibility for D&S’ distributor network for the region. Benton brings 17 years of diverse experience from the building materials and semiconductor industries. He received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. Benton also holds an MA degree in Computer Resource Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.


DePere, WI-based Cleaning Systems Inc. ( has announced the expansion of its distribution relationship with Mark VII Equipment ( through Mark VII’s acquisition of Atlantic Wash Systems, the provider of Lustra™ Professional Car Care Products throughout the North and South Carolina area.

Atlantic Wash Systems, with its main office in Raleigh, NC, is now a division of Mark VII Equipment and provides complete car wash chemical sales, service, and equipment programs to all segments of the professional car wash industry. “The transition to Mark VII ownership further strengthens Atlantic Wash Systems and the service capabilities for Lustra Products in the Carolinas,” said Doug Marquis, vice president of sales and marketing for Lustra Products.

Three solutions consultants for Atlantic Wash Systems/Mark VII — James Gavin, Bob Redwitz, and Don Fulcher — will service car wash operators using Lustra Products in the Carolinas.


A new white paper, published by Spraying Systems Co. ( of Wheaton, IL, takes an in-depth look at how to conserve water without negatively impacting performance in a wide range of spray operations. The paper examines the biggest sources of water waste in cooling, cleaning, sanitizing, and moisturizing applications and provides suggestions on how to take corrective action and potentially save millions of gallons of water annually.

Waste caused by using worn spray nozzles is addressed in detail. The paper provides examples illustrating how millions of gallons of water can be wasted by using nozzles that are spraying just 15 percent over capacity. Techniques for identifying and minimizing wear are included along with guidelines on nozzle replacement intervals.

Other common sources of water waste are described. Alternative strategies are outlined along with estimated water savings.

How to Reduce Water Consumption in Cleaning, Cooling and Moisturizing Operations is available at or upon request from the company. Call (630) 665-5000. There is no cost for the paper.


In April, the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of the Labor Standards Enforcement conducted sweeps of car wash businesses that resulted in $771,850 in fines, but only 7 percent, or $53,700, of the total fines came from Western Carwash Association (WCA) members.

“It’s unfortunate that 65 of the facilities visited were fined for not registering or renewing their registrations, but only five of the 65 are WCA members. I’d like to think that if the owner/operators of the other 60 facilities had been WCA members, they wouldn’t have received a registration fine,” said Holly Macriss, the association’s executive director.

Jerry Nix, president of the WCA, stated: “It’s a strong indication that the education and outreach programs the WCA has implemented in getting car washes registered in California are working successfully as we are seeing less and less WCA members with violations.”

California car wash owner/operators must register their facilities with the state and maintain their registration yearly. “The registration isn’t a one-time thing. The fine for not renewing a registration is $100 each calendar day, not to exceed $10,000. It’s only $250 to renew,” said Macriss.

There are some car wash entities that are exempt from registering, such as self-serve operators. For a complete list, visit HowToObtainCarWashRegistration.htm and read the section “What does the term ‘employer’ mean?”


Les Wickham of Car Wash Services in St. Cloud, FL died unexpectedly on March 21st in an auto-related accident. Mr. Wickham was founder and operator of Car Wash Services, which he established in the mid-’90s to provide independent car wash installation and services to car wash operations in Florida and the Caribbean.

He got his start in the car wash business with Hanna Carwash International in the late ‘80s and moved from there to head installation and service technician for the Hanna distributor in Florida, Derek Hanna. Mr. Wickham installed equipment in the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Mexico, Greece, and Kuwait. A memorial service in his honor was held on April 19 in St. Cloud.


From left to right with Sudsy Duck are David, Vicki, and Troy VanLiere, owners of Sudsy’s Car Wash; Beth Ferguson, development director, American Red Cross; and Joel Borden, manager of Sudsy’s Car Wash.

During a two-week campaign to help with tornado relief efforts in Murfreesboro, TN, Sudsy’s Car Wash Community Partnership Program raised $3,000 for the local American Red Cross.

On April 10, 2009, a tornado swept through Rutherford County. The path of the EF-4 tornado with 166 to 200 mile-per-hour winds was 23.5 miles long and a half-mile wide at its widest point. It destroyed 81 houses and damaged over 800. Damage was estimated at more than $41 million. More than 80 people were injured and two lost their lives.

“We were fortunate to have not experienced any firsthand losses in the tornado, but many in our community were not so fortunate,” said Vicki VanLiere, co-owner of Sudsy’s. “It is really a privilege to be able to help in a time like this. We live in a community were we know folks rally around real needs.”
Sudsy’s raised the $3,000 by giving $2 of each of their Silver, Gold, and Platinum washes during a two-week period in April. Sudsy’s is located at 1870 South Church Street in Murfreesboro. You can visit the wash on the web at

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