Industry Newsline - June 2009

Industry Newsline


Arvada, CO-based Mark VII Equipment Inc. (, the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has acquired the assets of its distributor Atlantic Wash Systems.

Based in Raleigh, NC and with service personnel located in Greensboro, Charlotte, Wilmington, Charleston, and Columbia, Atlantic Wash Systems has sold and serviced Mark VII car wash systems throughout the Carolinas since 1971. The company, which was founded by Mitch Lancaster, pioneered the concept of servicing all major brands of car wash equipment to address the needs of multi-site operators. Day-to-day operations will be integrated into Mark VII’s direct service organization, allowing Lancaster to focus 100 percent of his time on managing equipment sales. The direct operation will continue to be called Atlantic Wash Systems, a division of Mark VII, and customers can continue to call 919-877-0011 for sales and service.


PDQ Manufacturing Inc. ( of De Pere, WI has appointed Eden Prairie, MN-based Nationwide Wash Systems Inc. ( as an additional non-exclusive distributor serving the Minnesota market.


Mike’s Carwash Inc., the fourth largest car wash operator in the nation, was named one of The Best Places to Work in Indiana for 2009 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in partnership with, BizVoice, Inside Indiana Business, the Indiana Youth Institute, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Best Companies Group.

This is the latest of many awards given to Mike’s Carwash. In 2008, the Indianapolis Business Journal named the company the winner of its 2008 Enterprise Award, an annual award for entrepreneurial excellence.

Founded in 1948 in Fort Wayne, Mike’s has 37 locations in Indiana and Ohio. For more information about the company or to pursue career opportunities visit


Bristol, PA-based Blendco Systems LLC ( has become a wholly owned subsidiary of DuBois Chemicals, a specialty-chemicals manufacturing company of Sharonville, OH. DuBois specializes in metal finishing/paint pretreatment, water/wastewater treatment, maintenance/equipment cleaning, and transportation cleaning.

The two companies see great prospects in combining Blendco’s growing share of the car wash detergent market with DuBois’ “large vehicle” wash business, which includes trucks, trains, and buses. The combined business will operate under the continued leadership of Laurie Sherman and Brent McCurdy, Blendco’s management team.


Octaform Systems Inc. (, based in Vancouver BC, Canada, has successfully completed the requirements of the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Drinking Water Certification Program. The company has been providing the construction industry with finished, stay-in-place concrete forming systems since 1997. In addition, Octaform provides pre-cast and tilt-up single side panels.

Acquiring this certification allows Octaform to be used in municipal water treatment facilities, agriculture, and food processing facilities that require potable water certification.


Following last year’s successful introduction of EnviroEdge™ earth-friendly car wash chemicals, Zep Inc. ( now offers car washes an easy-to-implement program for employee training and customer communication. The goal of the program is to give a competitive business advantage to washes using EnviroEdge products.

The training program is designed to give employees the information and tools they need to clearly and consistently communicate the advantages of their earth-friendly car wash to their customers and generate repeat business. “From the car wash greeter to the cashier and every point in between, car wash employees can be powerful promoters for their operation’s eco-friendly practices,” said Dave Hart, director of marketing for the company.

The program was developed for three customer touch-points in a car wash operation: the greeter, the cashier, and the EnviroEdge “captain,” a lead employee who acts as an active steward of the earth-friendly environment.

The company offers washes several additional items to help train and motivate employees to promote the eco-friendliness of their car wash: an employee handout that can be used at employee meetings to introduce the program, a training poster that can be placed in a break room or training room, and “Saving the Earth. One Car at a Time” T-shirts and buttons for use by employees or as thank-you gifts for customers.


Since its inception in 1979, Leola, PA-based Clean Burn ( used-oil furnaces and boilers have been embraced worldwide. Today, more than 80,000 units safely burn used-oil on-site each year to produce free heat and reduce the risks of transportation spills and environmental contamination.

“You can find Clean Burn furnaces and boilers recycling used-oil on-site throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in countries such as Russia, Sweden, Poland, and the United Kingdom,” said Michael Shirk, president of the company.

During its 30-year history, Clean Burn has improved and advanced the technology related to used-oil combustion. Since 1990, Clean Burn products have met all testing and performance requirements to receive the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing. Hot water boilers were added to the company’s product mix in the mid 1990s. In the early 2000s, Clean Burn introduced a line of linear furnaces.


D Marsh Company of Marne, MI has launched a new website that provides information about affordable alternatives for nitrogen tire inflation, which will be particularly relevant to smaller automotive service facilities. Nick Nitrogen, a nitrogen molecule caricature and the website’s expert on nitrogen tire inflation, leads visitors through the benefits of nitrogen tire inflation, product specifications, pricing, and return on investment for a broad line of nitrogen tire inflation machines. The new website can be accessed at


Jacksons Food Stores, based in Meridian, ID, has selected Lustra™ Professional Car Care Products ( to be its car wash chemical supplier.

Jacksons, founded in Caldwell, ID in 1975 as a single service station, has grown to be a nationally recognized chain of over 150 Chevron/Texaco/Shell branded convenience stores and eight quick serve restaurants in four western states. The company currently employs approximately 1,200 associates.

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