MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
N/S Wash Systems of Los Angeles has announced the appointment
of W. Herschel Kilgore as the company's eastern regional sales manager.
He will also be responsible for recruiting and managing the distributor
network in the eastern region. Kilgore has extensive knowledge in
the car washing industry, with over 25 year's experience. He served
as the president of his own general contracting business specializing
in the construction of gasoline stations, convenience stores and
car washes and owned and operated retail car washes prior to joining
the equipment manufacturing industry full time in 1985.
In a separate statement, N/S Wash Systems revealed that it had
named Chuck Persekian the new sales manager. He will be responsible
for domestic sales in the tunnel and wash systems division, and
will handle the oil companies, auto dealerships and convenience
store outlets. Persekian will specialize in rollover and tunnel
wash systems. A graduate of ITT-Illinois, Persekian also holds a
BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and has more than 15 years of
experience in the car wash industry.
Wash Plus of Pompano Beach, FL and N/S Wash Systems of Los Angeles
have announced the addition of Wade Young to their equipment sales
team. Young will be working with existing operators and new investors
in the Southeastern United States as well as the Caribbean. Young
has over 40 years of experience in the car wash industry. He has
managed retail car washes, owned his own equipment distributorship,
and most recently was vice president of equipment sales at Sonny's
David Boyce has been appointed business development manager of
De Pere, WI-based PDQ Manufacturing's domestic outside sales team.
Boyce is based in Oklahoma City, OK and works extensively with PDQ's
distribution, helping to identify and develop new market and customer
opportunities. He has an extensive background in equipment sales,
and previously worked for PDQ distributor Nu Look Car Care, Inc.
Precision Fluid Controls Inc., a new component manufacturer
specializing in valves and timers for the car wash industry, recently
opened for business in Auburn, CA. The company's goal is to offer
the car wash industry components designed specifically for the challenges
faced by high-pressure water and chemical applications. The core
team, Tom Ritchart, Mark Galvin, and Peggy Stevens - all formerly
of U.S. Para Plate Corporation - has over 20 years of combined experience
in the car wash industry. Precision Fluid Controls Inc. is committed
to offering products designed and manufactured in the United States
at competitive prices while implementing consistently exceptional
quality standards. The company can be contacted at (530) 320-1717
or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Effective immediately, Ryko Manufacturing Company is offering a
$5,000 rebate to qualifying customers who trade in their present
automatic system on a new car wash system from Ryko.
Ryko car wash systems eligible for the $5,000 rebate offer are
the SoftGloss XS, SoftGloss XS2, Select-A-Wash, US2001 OHD, VT2000
FoamBrite Conveyor, or the new Flex Appeal Conveyor system.
The rebate offer is available in all Ryko direct and participating
distributor areas and good for all qualifying machine orders placed
on or before March 31st and shipped on or before May 31st, 2005.
For more information regarding this rebate offer, please visit the
company's web site at www.ryko.com or contact the nearest Ryko sales
office or distributor.
RYKO ADDS DISTRIBUTORS
Ryko Manufacturing Company has added CEC, Cointrol Equipment Corporation
to its distributor family. CEC will sell and service the complete
line of Ryko equipment as part of the Ryko sales and service operation
in the Northern California area. CEC is well experienced in touch-free
in-bay automatic and self-serve car wash equipment sales and service.
The company also announced the appointment of equally-experienced
Rittiner Equipment Company as a distributor. Rittiner Equipment
Company will sell and service the complete line of Ryko car wash
equipment as part of the Ryko sales and service operation for the
state of Louisiana.
GLAS-WELD TRAINS ONLINE
Glas-Weld Systems Inc. of Bend, Oregon is in the final process
of developing an online training and certification program and monthly
live "webinars" to provide further educational opportunities
and feedback for its customers.
The online educational program will offer training curriculum in
windshield repair, scratch removal and glass sciences. Other programs
will include best practices, marketing, and technologies that help
business grow. Customers will also have the opportunity to become
certified online through
Glas-Weld's University of Glassology, the company's virtual and
traditional training center for glass restoration education.
The company will also feature monthly on-the-web seminars to keep
customers up to date on the latest repair technology, business,
and industry trends. Customers participating in these "webinars"
will receive points good towards Glas-Weld Systems' products and
services. More information is available at (800) 321-2597 or www.glasweld.com
on the web.
CACTUS CAR WASH TO FRANCHISE
Cactus Car Wash, a chain of full-service car washes in Atlanta,
GA and Charleston, SC, announced plans to offer franchises of its
upscale car wash operation.
Atlanta's Creative Loafing newspaper has named Cactus Car Wash
"Best Carwash" every year since 1999, and Atlanta Magazine
named it "Best Carwash" in 2003. The chain's newest facility,
in the exclusive Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, was one of five
businesses named "Best of Buckhead" in 2004 by the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution and the Buckhead Business Association.
The chain recently adopted a "flex-serve" model, mixing
traditional full-service car washing with an exterior-only option.
It also offers complete detailing services at each location.
The company intends to grow carefully, and plans to have ten franchises
operating by 2010. It will target cities across the southeastern
United States. Franchisees will benefit from the company's brand,
experience, and systems of operation.
For more information, contact Pete Dosik, director of franchising
for Cactus Franchise Company, LLC at (770) 436-0985 or via e-mail
AOCA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) is now accepting applications
for its Fast Lube Scholarship Program awards.
The scholarship program is open to part-time and full-time employees
of AOCA-member fast-lube facilities who are going to college, community
college, or technical school in the fall of 2005. Recipients can
earn up to $1,200 per school year toward their education. In the
selection process, preference is given to students pursuing a career
in the automotive field. Complete eligibility requirements are provided
with the application.
Applications can be completed online at www.scholarshipadministrators.net
or they can be downloaded from the Education & Training section
of AOCA's web site at www.aoca.org and mailed or faxed directly
to the scholarship program administrators. Applications must be
received by April 1 to be considered for the 2005-2006 school year.
OBITUARY: RONALD D. KING
Ronald D. King, vice president of manufacturing for Blue-White
Industries, passed away in January 2005. King was an important part
of Blue-White as a family member, board member, and innovator. He
was born in August 1947 in West Los Angeles, CA, the third child
of Blue-White founders Ozzie and Frances King.
King's contributions to Blue-White were many and varied. The company
was a lifelong career and commitment for him. In recent years, he
served as the company's vice president of manufacturing. He was
an ace machinist with exceptional math skills.
Ron King is survived by his mother, Frances King, his son Douglas,
his sisters Carol Russell, Janet Gledhill, Jeanne Hendrickson, and