Industry Newsline - July 2005

Industry Newsline


St. Louis, MO-based D & S Car Wash Equipment Co. has relocated Bill Baker, district manager of the West Coast, and named him regional manager for the company's northeastern sales division. Baker is a car wash industry veteran with 12 years experience. He was added to the sales management team in 2004.

D & S further named Kerry Bickerstaff as southwest regional manager. Bickerstaff brings seven years of car washing experience to D & S - having previously worked for the company's former national sales manager - and will oversee sales and marketing duties in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. District managers Jeffrey Smith and Dale Hughson have also been named regional manager for their respective territories. Smith will now be the southeast regional manager and Hughson will be the north regional manager.

N/S Wash Systems of Los Angeles, CA has announced the appointment of Gary Avrech as advertising manager. Avrech has over 28 years of experience in advertising, graphic design, and publishing, and operated his own design/advertising/ marketing company for over 17 years. He will direct the advertising and pubic relations efforts of N/S Wash Systems.

Tom Batt has been named vice president of technical services at Rapido Rabbit, LLC of Beverly, MA. Batt began working with the company in October 2003 and is a second-generation car wash professional with over 25 years experience in the industry. From 1995 to 2003, he sold and installed car wash equipment for Previte Enterprises, a manufacturer and distributor of car wash equipment, parts, and supplies.

Royal Sheen of North Canton, OH has announced the promotion of James Laughlin to southeastern regional sales manager. Laughlin has spent the last three years with the company as a field sales representative in Florida. He was previously employed by Zep Manufacturing. Laughlin served in the US Navy for 12 years and is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.


Kleen-Rite's second annual Learn More Earn More Informational Expo and Training Seminar Day will be held on Wednesday, November 16. Attendees can learn more about their car wash operation by attending any one of the all-day training seminars hosted by the car wash industry's leading manufacturers.

In addition, there will be over 75 manufacturers' booths on the expo floor. Operators can take a ride on the trolley car for a complete in-depth tour of the entire Kleen-Rite operation and meet with any of Kleen-Rite's technicians to discuss solutions to their car wash questions and problems. A free buffet will be available throughout the day, and thousands of dollars in door prizes will be given away in random drawings. Huge savings on specials will be offered only to show attendees. Free registration packets can be obtained by calling (800) 233-3873.


J-KO Company, a manufacturer of floor mat cleaners for the car wash industry, has relocated to a larger manufacturing facility to better serve its customers.

"We are very pleased by the recent growth in our company and our goal is to continue to do what we can to continue to grow the company by providing a superior product at competitive prices," said Jon Kolquist, the company president.

J-KO Company's new address is 4963 Lightning Drive, Hermantown, MN 55811. The new toll-free telephone number is (877) 727-6685. The company's web site remains


Autobell Car Wash Inc. recently awarded 31 employees its 2005 Academic Scholarships to help them further their education at the college or university of their choice. Charlotte-based Autobell has 43 car washes in 22 North Carolina and 4 Virginia cities.

The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current Autobell employees of at least one year's standing. Employees who are graduating high-school seniors or have received a high-school diploma within the past three years can complete and submit the short application along with references, an acceptance letter from an accredited college or university, and a 500-word essay. The Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the scholarship recipients.

The 2005 Autobell Scholarship gifts total $16,250. Since its inception, the Autobell Scholarship Program has awarded $52,000 in academic funds to employees. Two of this year's recipients each also won a $1,000 scholarship from the International Car Wash Association. They are Daniel Burnham of Mint Hill, NC and Jered Williams of Charlotte, NC,


NCW National Car Wash has announced the sale of three franchises that will incorporate the express tunnel concept. The locations are in Shelbyville, Gallatin, and Ashland City - all in Tennessee. The tunnels will feature 100-foot conveyors utilizing Sonny's equipment and the most advanced technology available. Customers will have access to free vacuums. The location in Gallatin will also offer four self-serve bays with Dilling-Harris equipment.

"We realize we are in a changing marketplace, and NCW has the flexibility to adapt and change," said company executive Johnny Jones. NCW is also planning to convert its touch-free tunnel at its office location to the express wash concept. "Some of our current locations are the finest in our area and we will consider the option of converting these locations to the express wash concept, even if it means starting from scratch," said Jones.


IDX has developed a "Card-Display" protocol for its display timers that can be accessed by a credit-card-system manufacturer's controller. The card-display protocol will be licensed free of charge to the different credit-card-system manufacturers. This is a free protocol to help standardize one small part of the industry. For more information, call (800) 643-1109 of visit


WashUSA, the one-day fundraiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of America needs regional directors. They will join Scott Goodreau, operations manager for the Springfield, MA-based Golden Nozzle chain, who is WashUSA's newest regional director.

"I am eager to help the WashUSA event in any way that I can," said Goodreau. The grassroots effort's success depends on a strong network of supporters across the country. The WashUSA committee is asking for volunteers who love the car wash industry and all it represents to spend some time

promoting the benefits of WashUSA. The WashUSA committee will give these regional directors all the information and help they need to promote the September 24th event.

For information, or to volunteer, call Suzanne Stansbury at (518) 877-6779 or e-mail her at


The Southeastern Car Wash Association (SECWA) held its annual Spring Educational Conference in Panama City Beach, FL May 14-17, 2005. During the event, SECWA presented the Top 5 Car Wash Awards to the best car washes in the Southeastern United States.

The Top 5 Car Washes were judged on the following: appearance and cleanliness, design and operations, employees, location, maintenance of facilities, quality of operations, and safety of customers and employees. Along with these requirements, the car wash had to be in operation for at least one year to qualify.

In the full-service category, the winners were:

  • Pat's Nu-Star Car Wash, Winter Haven, FL
  • Cactus Car Wash, Atlanta, GA
  • Clean Sweep Car Wash, Lexington, KY
  • Wonder Wash Car Wash, North Charleston, SC
  • Flagstop Car Wash, Colonial Heights, VA

In the self-service category, the winners were:

  • Shiny Brite Car Wash, Edgewater, FL
  • Car Wash Station #3, McDonough, GA
  • Waterworks Car Wash, McDonough, GA
  • Wash n Glow Car Care, Asheboro, NC
  • Car Wash City, Hopewell, VA.


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