Newsline - March 2004

Industry Newsline


Tamarac, FL-base SONNY'S Enterprises Inc. has promoted Herschel Kilgore to equipment sales manager. He will be responsible for streamlining procedures in the designing, building, or remodeling of a car wash facility. Kilgore's career in the industry has spanned 25 years as an operator, engineer, and managing partner of an equipment manufacturer. He has designed and built over 1,000 car wash systems and holds a B. A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia.

Mike Thompson has been promoted to director, product line management, for The Valvoline Company's brand marketing product line management group, which is responsible for optimizing Valvoline's major product lines and the company's 5,000 lubricant, chemical, wash & wax, and antifreeze products. Thompson is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

In a concurrent announcement, the company made known the promotion of Rob McCarter to product line manager for chemicals. McCarter is a graduate of Thomas More College in Kentucky and received his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati.


Blendco Systems has moved its headquarters to a new location in Bristol, PA. The move keeps the company headquarters in the Philadelphia area, but is more convenient to major trucking arteries including I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. While the Bristol building will be used for local warehousing, the company plans to continue major manufacturing of its products in Cleveland, OH, and Dallas, TX.

The company purchased the larger building to house product development laboratories, expanded customer service operations, additional office space, distributor training facilities, and over 25,000 square feet of warehousing for regional shipping needs. Future plans include possible construction of carwash test facilities on site. Blendco owners Laurie Sherman and Brent McCurdy explained that with the rapid growth of the company, they'd been feeling pinched in the previous building for some time. The new address details are as follows:

1 Pearl Buck Court, Bristol, PA 19007
Telephone: (215) 781-3600
Fax: (215) 781-3601
The toll-free number, (800) 446-2091, remains unchanged


Greg Anderson, the 2003 NHRA Pro Stock champion, will become a fixture in J-Ko Company's advertising, and his image is set to appear on large posters at the company's exhibit booth during
industry trade shows. "Everybody likes a winner," said J-Ko Company's president, Jon Kolquist, explaining his company's association with the young racecar driver.

The arrangement is more than just business, though - it's personal. Anderson and Kolquist share the same hometown - Duluth, MN, and Kolquist is well acquainted with Anderson's father, who used to work at a local automobile dealership. It was, in fact, only after broaching the subject with Anderson Sr. that Kolquist offered his support to Greg. "He is just starting out," said Kolquist, explaining that through his association with J-Ko Company, Anderson might be exposed to potential sponsors. The benefits J-Ko Company enjoys, in turn, from its association with a winner, makes this a good deal for everybody involved.


WashUSA, the one-day fund-raiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) of America, has reported 2003 proceeds in the amount of $230,000 in in-kind and cash donations, according to Mark Curtis, event founder. Some 800 washes in 43 states participated in the event on November 1, 2003. Planning for the 2004 event, scheduled for September 18, is already underway. For information on WashUSA, contact Mark Curtis at (888) WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury, trade media manager, at (518) 877-6779 or e-mail her at


Robert Waldron, owner of Pro Enterprises Inc. in Troy, MI, was elected president of the Midwest Carwash Association (MCA) for the 2004 calendar year. Also elected as officers were Ken Prange (vice president) of Ultra Shine Auto Wash in Shelby Township, and Victoria Burke (secretary/treasurer) of The Vanity Carwash & Ice Cream in Reading. J. W. Cornell of Standale Auto Wash in Grand Rapids becomes immediate past president.

The Midwest Carwash Association represents car care operators, suppliers and manufacturers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. The MCA 2004 Expo, held in Novi, MI on January 20 and 21, 2004, featured nearly 250 exhibit booths and attracted 1,200 attendees.


Con-Serv Manufacturing of Lakeland, FL recently announced a partnership with Intrusol Inc. to become an exclusive licensee for Oxine(r) in the car wash industry. Oxine has numerous uses in a variety of industries as a sanitizer, disinfectant, and sterilizer and is registered with the EPA. Con-Serv has chosen Oxine for its ease of use and safety of transport, storage, and dosing.

The product is a highly refined blend of Oxychloro Species that, when activated, generates Chlorine Dioxide, a well-known odor destroyer. It can be dosed into water flow in Con-Serv Recovery Systems and will immediately react to eliminate microorganisms that cause color, odor, and slime-buildup
in reclaim wash water. The Oxine treatment can be used by itself or combined with the Con-Serv Ozone System to provide additional residual treatment to isolated water in storage tanks.


Stoner Inc. of Quarryville, PA has for the third year been honored as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania." The company pointed out that its employees being rewarded for their hard work with an incentive-based compensation plan and having a 50 percent company match on their 401k plans were two of the factors considered in the selection. The Best Places to Work in PA program is made up of two groups of companies: 50 medium-sized (50-250 employees) and 50 large-sized companies (251 employees or more). An in-depth survey was sent to the employers and the employees, and the data was then used to rank the participating companies and determine the top companies. The employee evaluation carried 75 percent of the overall weight for the survey.


Hanna's web site at has been given a facelift along with hundreds of new photos, updated product information, and more. The new site - designed by Hanna's marketing staff - features easier navigation tools, a virtual tour of Hanna's factory, and even a photo gallery of car wash equipment and buildings from around the world.

"By bringing our web site in-house instead of being maintained by a third party, we now have more control and can provide more timely updates," said John Antonis, Hanna's executive vice president of sales and marketing.


Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) has named Chris Malone of High Desert Oil Operator of the Year at its recent annual meeting in Orlando, FL.

The Operator of the Year is the franchisee who achieves the most significant operational results and best demonstrates support and use of the VIOC system in terms of service center maintenance, customer service and adherence to established procedures. Malone became the very first VIOC franchisee in 1988 and is no stranger to being recognized as one of the top franchisees for VIOC. Today, he operates seven franchises in Albuquerque, NM.

Several other attendees were rewarded for their success during 2003: Bill Cavalle of AWC Premium Automotive Services in Coppell, TX accepted the "Outstanding Achievement" award. The "Rookie of the Year" award went to Phil and Susan Cerpanya of Mustang Oil & Lube Inc. in Dallas, TX. The "Spirit of Franchising" award was presented to Norm "Skip" Smith of Wilmington, NC. In addition to honoring these franchisees, VIOC named 15 franchise centers to the High Performance Club in recognition of averaging at least 40 oil changes per day and achieving average sales of at least $40 per customer.

Chris Malone (third from left) of High Desert Oil in Albuquerque, NM displayed his "Operator of the Year" Award at the VIOC annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Joining Chris on stage was (left to right) Valvoline President Sam Mitchell, VIOC President John Wesley and VIOC VP of franchising K.C. Bruch.

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