ICS DOUBLY HONORED
The International Carwash Association presented Innovative Control
Systems, Inc. of Nazareth, PA with the 2004 Leadership in Innovation
Award at the 2004 Car Care World Expo, held in Las Vegas April 29
through May 1. This award honors innovative products, services,
or procedures within the industry.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania,
along with Lehigh University and the State of Pennsylvania, presented
their Product Innovation Award to Innovative Control Systems, at
the Innovation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 11, 2004, in Bethlehem,
PA. This award is presented to the company that best demonstrates
the commercialization of a unique, innovative product that creatively
and effectively meets a market need.
MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Hanna Car Wash Systems International, LLC has announced the appointment
of Jack Johnson as quality assurance manager and Ted Ceckiewics
as technical writer. Johnson works with the development and documentation
of Hanna's processes, procedures, and quality issues. In addition,
he handles the company's warranty policies. Johnson has an AA degree
in electronics and is currently working towards his BS degree in
Ceckiewics is responsible for updating all of Hanna's existing
installation and operating manuals, as well as creating manuals
for new products. He has 20 years of experience working for manufacturing,
hi-tech, and service companies, and he has extensive training and
technical writing experience. He has a BA degree in journalism and
public relations and an AAS degree in computer network administration.
JE ADAMS COOLS IT
Along with being a pioneer in the car wash industry, JE Adams Industries
also engineers and manufactures the Aqua Breeze line of cooling
The pictures to the right are of fans cooling troops in an outdoor
break area in the desert of Afghanistan. The fans are moved around
the camp to cool various events. The Afghan climate is similar to
Arizona summer with relatively low humidity and temperatures that
can soar to between 110° F and 120° F in the shade. With
the added use of evaporative cooling, the fans can reduce the ambient
temperature up to 25° F, depending on the conditions. This brings
some much-needed relief for troops who must dress in standard US
military attire. Everyday military uniforms consist of heavy cotton
pants and long shirts, flak vest (weighing 6 to 7 pounds), Kevlar
helmet (weighing 3.5 pounds) and heavy-duty boots - a lot to carry
around in 120° F heat!
The employees of JE Adams Industries are proud to be able to manufacture
a product that can give our troops some relief from the heat while
away from home. For more information on the Aqua Breeze Cooling
Systems (wall mount or portable) you can visit www.jeadams.com
on the web or call Jack Adams at (480) 419-7858.
WASHUSA THRIVES AT ICA SHOW
WashUSA benefited from the record-breaking Car Care World Expo
held in Las Vegas April 29 through May 1, 2004. The International
Carwash Association's annual event added to the momentum that WashUSA,
the one-day fundraiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r)
of America, is experiencing, according to WashUSA founder Mark Curtis.
A goal of the WashUSA committee this year is to secure participation
from all 50 states, according to Curtis. "Several new car wash
operators joined the 750+ who are already signed up for the September
18 event," he said. "We are extremely excited to add an
operator from Alaska, Robin Chaffin of DirtBlasters in Chugiak,
who signed up at the ICA show," he said. "They represent
our 45th state," said Curtis.
In separate announcements, WashUSA welcomed Northville, MI-based
Belanger Inc. as Gold Sponsor and the return as Gold Sponsor of
Sonny's Enterprises Inc. of Tamarac, FL.
For more information about WashUSA, visit www.washesforwishes.org
or contact Mark Curtis, event founder and spokesperson, at (888)
WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury, trade media manager, at (518) 877-6779
or e-mail her at email@example.com.
BUTLER CAPITAL'S ALLIANCE WITH MITSUI
Hunt Valley, MD-based Butler Capital, a national equipment financing
and leasing firm, has formed a strategic alliance with Mitsui &
Co. (USA), Inc. (Mitsui USA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui
& Co., Ltd. of Japan.
Under terms of the agreement, Mitsui USA has invested in the 27-year-old
financial services company which provides financing and equipment
leasing for businesses nationwide and has special expertise in the
convenience store, gasoline, car care, dry cleaning, commercial
laundry, and franchise markets.
According to Lawrence J. Butler, founder and president of Butler
Capital, who retains sole ownership of the firm, "Our alliance
with Mitsui USA enhances Butler Capital's already strong capacity
and capital and opens opportunities for Butler to provide services
to Mitsui USA's numerous subsidiaries, affiliates and customers."
At present, Butler Capital employs nearly three dozen staff members
at its Maryland headquarters and in sales offices in Pennsylvania,
Georgia, Colorado, and Kentucky.
CSI WINS PATENT
Cleaning Systems Inc. of De Pere, WI has been granted a US patent
for the unique technology utilized
in its Lustra(tm) low-pH presoak, TheAnswer(r). The micro-emulsion-based
technology used in this product allows it to be the industry's first
effective, non-corrosive low-pH product.
This technology was part of a presentation by one of CSI's senior
chemists, Vladimir Chernin, at the World Surfactant Congress in
Germany this past June - a first for a US car wash chemist.
VIOC NAMES OIL-LYMPICS WINNERS
Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) held its 2004 National Oil-Lympics
Championships on Saturday, May 15 at the company's service center
in Georgetown, KY. The team from Rochester, NY emerged as the national
champs and earned the coveted distinction as "America's Best
Oil Change Team."
The National Oil-Lympics Competition is the only one of its kind
in the US automotive service industry. "This event epitomizes
what our system is all about: a combination of precision, speed,
and accuracy that has set a standard for customer service that's
unrivaled in the industry," said John Q. Wesley, president
The national competition is comprised of the top 10 corporate and
franchisee teams from the company's 750-plus centers across the
country. Each team competes for the title of "America's Best
Oil Change Team." Teams from all VIOC locations are eligible
to compete at the local, regional and, eventually, national levels.
The competition emphasizes precision with a panel of 14 judges rating
the teams on 123 criteria under a 20-minute time limit.
The winning team from Rochester poses with VIOC executives: from
left to right: VIOC President John Wesley, team members Tom Button,
Andre Carson, and Jeff Buscemi, Valvoline president Sam Mitchell,
VIOC Region 2 regional marketing manager Sandy Haynes, VIOC Region
2 area manager Kevin Gammel, VIOC organization effectiveness manager
Brian Madonna, and VIOC Region 2 area manager Dave Furcolow.