Industry Newsline - June 2010

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Barrie, Ontario-based MacNeil Wash Systems has announced the appointment of Anthony Antonis as vice president, sales, central region. Antonis will be responsible for the sales and distributor development for the central region of the United States, along with managing certain national and international accounts. Antonis has a wealth of car wash experience including four years as an owner of a high-volume full-service car wash in southern California, a distributor based in Taiwan, and executive sales positions with Hanna Car Wash Systems and the Jim Coleman Company.

Jobe Industries Inc. of Linden, NJ has appointed two new sales representatives to its staff. Larry Vella, a former car wash owner and operator, brings to Jobe over 30 years of experience in the industry. He has owned and operated successful washes in New York State and in North Carolina. Vella’s primary areas of responsibility are Connecticut, Northern Westchester County, and North Carolina.

Jacob Rosenberg joins Jobe as the first 3rd generation Jobe employee. He has literally grown up in the business. He has the benefit of everything he learned from his grandfather, Jack Weinstein, one of Jobe’s founders. Rosenberg will be primarily responsible for the New Jersey area.

De Pere, WI-based Cleaning Systems Inc. (CSI) has announced the promotion of Mark Brock to vice president of marketing. Brock was hired as director of marketing in July 2009 after holding positions with Sears Holdings in Hoffman Estates, IL and Shopko Stores in Green Bay, WI.

The company also announced the promotion of Jim Koch to vice president of North American sales, assuming the leadership of the North American Lustra™ division sales team. Koch will report to Doug Marquis who has been promoted to vice president of the Lustra Division. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of the company and will oversee the team leaders in administration, North American and International sales.

Champion Laboratories Inc. of Albion, IL has appointed John Casanova as vice president of sales and marketing. Casanova holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Michigan University and joins Champion Laboratories from Liberty Bell Inc., where he was most recently vice president of sales and customer service.

MARK VII IN AUSTRALIA

Arvada, CO-based Mark VII Equipment Inc. (www.markvii.net), the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has announced the formation of WashTec Australia Pty Ltd for direct sales and service of WashTec and Mark VII car wash systems in Australia.

“The economic downturn has affected the Australian market similarly to other markets and caused our non-exclusive distributor, CK Group Australia, to exit the car wash business in March,” said Thorsten Krüger, CEO of WashTec AG. “The Australian car wash market is attractive and well established, with an installed base of several hundred machines from both WashTec and our Mark VII subsidiary. The car wash business continues to be profitable for most operators and we are committed to supporting our existing customers with quality service and equipment.”

WASHWORLD DISTRIBUTOR

Washworld Inc. (www.washworldinc.com) of De Pere, WI has announced the newest addition to its distributor network. Car Wash Solutions Inc., located in Dixon, KY, will be selling and servicing the Washworld vehicle wash systems to customers in the northern Kentucky area. Terry Turner, owner and president of Car Wash Solutions and owner/operator of eight car wash sites, has been in the car wash industry for over 19 years. He can be reached via e-mail at f5cwsi@sbcglobal.net.

MISTER CAR WASH GROWS

Tucson, AZ-based Mister Car Wash continues to expand with the recent acquisition of the Buccaneer Octopus Car Wash, located at 8101 N. Dale Mabry Highway, in Tampa FL. The acquisition marks the sixth location in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and the 65th overall for the company.

“This latest store complements our existing distribution in the Tampa/St. Pete market and allows us to serve a much larger base of customers. We’re very excited about it’s potential,” said John Lai, the company’s chief operating officer.

ENERGY DIET

A new section of the Staco Energy Products Company website — the Energy Savings Community — helps users to better understand their energy usage and thus the potential for energy savings. The Financial Power Diet discusses power factor and how its correction can help to lower utility bills immediately. A chart that shows a hypothetical energy usage scenario can be adapted to the user’s own situation. This new web utility can be found by clicking on the “Energy Savings Community” icon or visiting www.stacoenergy.com/financial-power-diet.htm.

“Utilities across the country are adjusting their rates and applying power factor surcharges to companies that use power inefficiently,” says Staco’s power factor program manager Rich Zuccaro. “These website enhancements provide an easy-to-understand explanation of what power factor is and how companies can benefit by correcting it. The scenarios shown are representative of situations we’ve seen, and can easily be adjusted to incorporate the customer’s actual data.”

In addition to discussions on power factor and its correction, this detailed section also includes links to regional energy solution-provider partners, links to Staco solutions for varied power factor problems, as well as a “contact us” page for immediate assistance.

CARWASHTV.COM IN JUNE

A new video magazine called carwashTV.com will debut in June 2010. Produced by Kyle Doyle, president of the car wash marketing firm Blue Sky Image Group Inc., the first episode will be filmed in Los Angeles and at Car Care World Expo being held in Las Vegas May 11-14.

The website plans to host approximately 10 HD videos per month, averaging two minutes in length. In addition to feature stories, each episode will carry guest video blogs, car wash tours, and a section called “Wash Advice” where operators can create self-made videos looking for feedback on a question, issue, or problem they are facing. For more information, visit www.carwashTV.com.

WASH SHOW

Happy Cow Car Wash in El Cajon, CA has created entertainment for its customers it calls the Lazer Show Laser Wash. The attraction uses high-energy techno and club music along with more than 7,400 high-output LEDs, four red and green lasers, and a full-HD video projector inside an in-bay automatic car wash. The bay is outfitted with high-speed rollup doors to make it pitch-black during daylight hours for improved show enjoyment. For more information, visit www.happycowcarwash.com.

“This latest store complements our existing distribution in the Tampa/St. Pete market and allows us to serve a much larger base of customers. We’re very excited about it’s potential,” said John Lai, the company’s chief operating officer.

CLOISTER LAUNCHES CHEMICAL LINE

Ephrata, PA-based Cloister Wash & Lube has announced its entry into chemical sales with the launch of its Cloister Formula, a complete line of premier products now available to the carwash market.

Co-developed by Cloister and Pittsburgh, PA-based Shore Corporation, the “top-to-bottom” line of tunnel products will be exclusively sold by Kleen-Rite Corporation, out of Columbia, PA.

Cloister developed this new line of soaps to produce a high-quality wash while decreasing chemical usage. Every product complements the others and is formulated to create quick cleaning and quick releasing, with an end result of drier cars.

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