Industry Newsline - July 2010

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

The Automotive Oil Change Association (www.aoca.org) has announced the promotion of Leanne Stump to the position of executive director effective May 25, 2010. Stump has spent a decade serving the association in a variety of increasingly responsible positions and has earned the respect and admiration of all who work with her. Stump received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting. In addition, she has earned over 300 professional development hours in all areas of association management. Prior to joining AOCA in 2000, Stump served a total of seven years as CEO/CFO of a U.S. distributor of high-end tableware made in France.

Istobal USA Corp (www.istobalusa.com) of West Palm Beach, FL has named Kevin J. Collette president. Collette was a co-founder of Integrated Cleaning Systems International and has served as its president since 1998. For the past six years Integrated has been the exclusive distributor for Istobal SA for the USA and Canada.

ECOJET DRAWING

Richmond, VA-based ecoJet Systems (www.ecojetsystems.com), a new touch-free in-bay automatic manufacturer and first-time Car Care World Expo exhibitor has announced the winners of its iPod drawing. The two lucky individuals are Tim Bolton of Country Club Car Wash in Las Vegas and Jaime Quirarte of Splash n’ Dash in El Paso, TX. Their names were drawn from among all the attendees who visited and entered for the drawing at the ecoJet exhibit booth at CCWE.

CHAMPION RELIEF WORKERS

The recent flooding in Nashville, TN cost thousands of people their homes and businesses. Buildings well out of the flood plain had water 5 feet or deeper inside of them. Champion Car Wash employees, forced from work due to water shortages, used their idle time to help their customers in need in Bellevue, TN.

“We voluntarily ceased our operations because of the water shortages,” said Tim and Paula Jones, the car wash owners, “but we soon received calls from the water department asking us to shut down until further notice. Our communities have faithfully supported us through the years and we felt it was important that we do our part to give back.”

IDA MANAGEMENT CO.

The newly elected board of directors of the International Detailing Association (www.the-ida.com) met on May 15 for its annual board meeting with the new management company that was hired following the resignation of the previous association manager and executive director, Bud Abraham.

Association Development Services Inc. was chosen as the management company from among 10 proposals received by the IDA board. Sheryle Hazarde (sheryleh@the-ida.com), one of the company principals, will serve as executive director of the IDA assisted by her partner in ADSI, Michelle Sok. Contact information is as follows: International Detailing Association, 2345 Rice Street, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55113. Phone: (651) 925-5526. Fax: (651) 317-8048.

The IDA officers for 2010 are: Rick Goldstein, president; Keith Duplessie, supplier vice-president; Prentice St Clair, operator vice-president; and Jim Lafeber, treasure.

ISTOBAL USA CORP FORMED

Istobal SA, the Spain-based vehicle wash equipment manufacturer, has announced the formation of a new company: Istobal USA Corp (www.istobalusa.com). The company has been formed with Istobal SA and executives from Integrated Cleaning Systems International, Istobal’s North American distributor. The company will be located in West Palm Beach, FL and will be responsible for marketing, sales, and technical support for the USA and Canada.

SONNY’S DISTRIBUTES AIRLESS WATER VALVE

SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory (www.sonnysdirect.com) has been named the exclusive worldwide car wash industry distributor for the Airless™ Water Valve, a revolutionary new product created to help lower water bill costs.

As water travels from the water company to a business, air builds up in the pipes. Since water meters measure total volume, both air and water, it causes the blade in the meter to turn faster than just water alone. Therefore, the end-user is paying for air as well as water volume. Up to 40 percent of a water bill’s total cost can be comprised of air.

The patent-pending design of the Airless Water Valve works in all single-jet, multi-jet, and turbine category positive displacement water meters and does not affect water pressure. This precision engineered, mechanical valve compresses the air traveling in water to a smaller volume, greatly reducing the amount of gallons the meter reads. The valve is placed “after” the water meter, which is the property of the business owner.

TIRE SHINE FOR ALL

Kleen-Rite Corp. (www.kleen-ritecorp.com) has announced that it is now marketing Tire Shine Machines for the self-serve operator, Express Tire Shine Machines for the full-serve operator and Tire Shine Conversion Kits for operators wishing to transform little-used vacuums into coin-operated Tire Shine Machines.

MACNEIL’S COLORS THAT CLEAN

MacNeil Wash Systems recently invested in new robotic technology for the production of foam brushes in its factory. This new process allows MacNeil to offer customers a wider color selection and attractive pricing for replacement and OEM foam-brush requirements on MacNeil equipped tunnels. For more information on this program and its benefits, visit www.macneilwash.com.

NASCAR-BRANDED CAR WASH

Utah-based 1903 Car Wash Company and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) have announced an exclusive license agreement to create and develop a NASCAR-branded car wash company (www.nascarcarwash.com).

Daniel Dyer, chairman and CEO of 1903 Car Wash Company, said that while his company would be using its own capital and would be promoting growth and management from within, it would be interested in partnerships with and acquisitions of independent car wash businesses that offer the right fit.

MARK VII EXPANSIONS

Mark VII Equipment Inc. (www.markvii.net), the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, is extending its operations into Canada. Direct operations in Canada will be carried out by a newly established subsidiary of Mark VII. A key trigger for this step is a cooperation agreement with Shell Canada for the provision of equipment and services. In 2010, WashTec will invest several million US dollars into establishing the sales and service network in Canada.

In a separate statement, Mark VII announced that it had acquired the assets of its Canadian distributor, TD Industries, and opened direct operations in Calgary, Alberta. Mark VII’s Calgary office can be reached at (403) 720-5533.

The company also announced the appointment of Buddco Distributing as its distributor for Utah, Nevada and Idaho. The move coincides with Buddco’s acquisition of Mark VII’s former distributor Wash Pro Inc. Buddco can be reached at (888) 288-8878.

MR. CLEAN OPENS IN TEXAS

Mr. Clean Car Wash (www.MrClean CarWash.com) opened its 16th location — its first in Texas — in Round Rock in early May. Other Mr. Clean locations can be found in Ohio and Georgia, while work is underway to expand into Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Mr. Clean, operated by Agile Pursuits Franchising Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Procter and Gamble Company, announced its national franchise expansion in February, 2009, and is now accepting franchise applications in 46 states.

CAR WASH FUNDRAISER

Kwik Car Wash in Denver (Parker/Littleton), CO donated 50 percent of its wash sales during a recent fundraiser to the Colorado Sky Sox Baseball team. The nine-year-old team members were also on site, vacuuming and towel drying vehicles and selling refreshments for additional donations. Overall, the team was able to raise more than $1,700 at the event.

Kwik Car Wash (www.kwikcarwash.com) is a strong advocate of community involvement and hosts numerous charity washes for local non-profit organizations. This summer’s line-up includes Denver Christian Volleyball, Parker Outlaws Baseball, Team Colorado Rawlings, Adrenaline Gymnastics, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, Southeast Community Outreach, and the Chaparral High School Poms Team.

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