Industry Newsline - March 2009

Indusrty Newsline


Larry Cordetsky of Windber, PA, has joined Howco Inc. as service manager in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Howco, based in Charlotte, NC, is a distributor of car wash equipment and supplies and consultant to the car wash industry. Cordetsky is a Detroit native with over 30 years’ experience installing and repairing car wash equipment. He attended Greater Johnstown Area Vocational Technical School, majoring in electronics and electrical maintenance and repair.

Champion Laboratories of Albion, IL has announced the promotion of Darren Phillips to director of sales, retail markets. Phillips will be responsible for the sales management and growth of Champion Laboratories’ retail and installed-market customers. Phillips joined the company in 2002 as an OEM/OES sales manager. In this position, he delivered new business and fostered lasting relationships with a wide array of clients.


RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc. is expanding again. The company began a building program in early January 2009. The new addition will add over 5,200 square feet to existing facilities, and will include 15 new of½ces, a larger conference room, and more warehouse space. The expansion will allow the company to double its sales and customer service department during 2009.

RDM is also increasing its tradeshow presence, and will be exhibiting at 19 shows this year. The company expects growth of at least 15 percent this year, in addition to the nearly 10-percent growth experienced in 2008.


New lower rates for full-service car washes and their ancillary profit centers are now available in most states through The Insurancenter Car Wash Insurance Program. The program offers a business owners policy that includes coverage for property, crime, commercial general liability, garage-keepers liability, and a number of coverage extensions.

Workers’ Compensation insurance is an important and significant part of the car wash owners’ overall insurance costs. The company now offers clients a unique web-based portal, at no additional cost, that allows operators to access and share valuable resources, including OSHA recordkeeping capabilities, assistance with preventing workers’ comp fraud, informational documents to help operators understand and control their experience mod factor, workers’ comp statutes by state, safety programs and policies, employee newsletters, industry resources, and a nationwide community sounding board with the ability to connect to peers in the industry.

To learn more about eligibility, the new full-serve rates, and value-added services, call at (800) 444-8675 or visit on the web.


Delta Kits Inc. of Eugene, OR, a supplier of windshield repair products, has launched a new layout of its windshield repair forum at The forum has reportedly become the most popular site of its kind in the world, averaging over 700 posts per month.

The forum contains nearly 4,000 topics covering all aspects of the automotive glass industry as well as headlight restorations. In addition, it has a new user interface feature to keep users up to date with the latest industry developments.

Delta Kits is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2009, having evolved from a local windshield repair equipment provider to a thriving business with an international scope, offering a comprehensive product line. “We wouldn’t be in position to celebrate our 25th anniversary without the loyal support of Delta Kits users,” said Korey Gobin, account executive for the company.


Clean Burn of Leola, PA offers a 10-year warranty, but many of its customers have seen their furnaces run at least twice that long. One Clean Burn furnace that’s been operating at D N Welding & Fabrication Inc. in Park City, IL has just been retired after 24 years of service.

“We got our Clean Burn unit when we opened our doors and its been a workhorse ever since,” says Danny Darnell, president of D N Welding & Fabrication. “This piece of equipment may qualify as the longest, hardest working employee in the company.”

Back when Darnell’s company opened its doors, the Clean Burn unit was used to recycle used-oil generated when the company did truck repairs. Eventually that aspect of the business went away and now, more than two decades later, the company focuses on metal fabrication work for the construction industry and doesn’t have an internal source for used oil. A deal with a trucking company directly across from D N provides almost 500 gallons of used oil a month, which is recycled through the Clean Burn unit to create free heat for the five-person fabrication shop.


Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc. has opened a wash at 4865 Floyd Road SW in Mableton, the privately owned chain’s 53rd location. Jason Torres is the store manager. The new wash, which employs 28, is Autobell’s second in the Atlanta metro area — a Suwanee location opened in July 2008.

The new wash is in a 7,000-square-foot former Dollar General store in the Mableton Crossing shopping center. A portion of the building will be used as Autobell’s Georgia management training center; the company’s other training center is in Charlotte. The Mableton facility also features an Aqua Bio closed-loop 100 percent water recycling system, in which enzymes digest and recycle wastewater.


World-renowned sculptor/painter Lorenzo Ghiglieri has been commissioned to develop a series of “heroic-size” sculptures of the North American grizzly bear on behalf of Brown Bear Car Wash of Seattle, WA, reports a blog on Brown Bear Car Wash owns and operates a large network of car wash locations throughout the Seattle/Puget Sound region.

The first statue, towering nearly 15-feet on its pedestal, will be placed at the Brown Bear Car Wash location in Redmond, WA. “I saw one of Lorenzo’s bears in Oregon and was absolutely awestruck. This was something I wanted to share with the public, representing Brown Bear Car Wash,” said Victor Odermat, the company founder and president. The sculptures will be enjoyed at key Brown Bear locations for years to come. Miniature versions of the grizzly (approximately 12 inches tall) will eventually be available in limited number to collectors.


The Car Care Council has launched a digital version of its popular Car Care Guide that can easily be accessed through the council’s website at and the direct link

Since its introduction in 2006, the Car Care Council has printed more than two million copies of the booklet. By creating and offering an online version the council will not only save considerable money on postage and handling, but will also reach a much larger audience of vehicle owners.

The Car Care Guide uses easy-to-understand everyday language, instead of technical automotive jargon, and fits easily in a glove box. The guide covers the most common preventive maintenance occasions and procedures that need to be performed to keep cars safe, dependable, and efficient. A checklist reminds motorists what vehicle systems need to be maintained and when service or repair should be performed.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance, and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit

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