Indiustry Newsline - May 2010

Industry Newsline

SCWA Starts Year Big

Top: The tradeshow floor. Above: Outgoing SCWA president Charlie Gates, left, with incoming SCWA president Doug Cookston.

The 2010 Southwest Car Wash Association Convention & Expo took place February 21-23. More than 1,200 car wash owners and exhibitors attended the event at the Arlington Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, TX.

“SCWA wants to provide members with the most relevant information and resources available,” said Charlie Gates, the association’s 2009-2010 president. “This was the goal of our convention and, based on the comments
received, our goal was achieved.”

During the Annual Awards Banquet, the Self-Serve/Automatic Car Wash of the Year Award was presented to Lindale Car Care of Lindale, TX; the Conveyor/Exterior of the Year Award went to Car Wash Barn in Temple, TX; and Lance Tyler of Auto Splash in Frisco, TX received the SCWA Community Service Award. Doug Cookston with Cityview and Jerry’s Express, based in Fort Worth, TX, was installed as the 2010-2011 SCWA president.

The 2011 SCWA Convention & Expo takes place March 6-8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. For more information, visit on the web.


3G Enterprises of Minneapolis, MN, an exclusive representative of Sonny’s Enterprises, has announced the appointment of Brett Gerring as sales manager. Gerring has been in the car wash business for 17 years. A third generation car wash operator (from MN), he has experience in every level of wash operations. Gerring was the Midwest regional sales manager for six years for Sonny’s Enterprises Inc. of Tamarac, FL, and an associate instructor at the Carwash College for two and a half years, where he was presented with the Instructor of the Year Award in 2007. Most recently, Gerring was the vice president of operations and sales for Superior Car Wash Systems in Phoenix, AZ.


RDM Industrial Electronics Inc. of Nebo, NC, and Lakewood, CO recently purchased the assets of competitor Nationwide Petroleum Rebuilders of Tucson, AZ. RDM is a rebuilder of petroleum and car wash electronic equipment. Product offerings include: electronic circuit boards, printers, POS systems, consoles, card readers, car wash equipment, tank monitors, touchpads, overlays, optical encoders, and rebuilt pumps and dispensers.


The Southeastern Car Wash Association’s first Road Show of 2010 was held in Savannah, GA on February 14 and 15. Attendance totaled 135 and included car wash owners, investors, and suppliers. Roundtable discussions on the first day of the meeting covered modern construction, customer loyalty/marketing, chemical do’s and don’ts, social media, energy management, and car wash conversions.

A car wash tour on day two was preceded by a panel of experts addressing the past, present, and future of the car wash industry.

SECWA’s next road show will take place in Memphis, TN on July 25 and 26, 2010. For more information, visit on the web.


The expiration date of the Car Washing and Polishing Registration law in the State of California has been extended to January 1, 2014. Anyone owning a car wash or polishing business in the State of California that employs labor for more than just maintenance and cashier duties, must register with the State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Failure to pay the $300 to register, and renew annually, will result in a $10,000 fine. During an enforcement sweep in October last year, 76 car washes were fined a total $600,900 for not registering with the state.


3G Enterprises of Minneapolis, MN has announced its appointment as the “go to” SSO exclusive representative responsible for SONNY’S equipment sales, service, and parts for Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and the eastern portions of North and South Dakota.

The company will be offering the full line of SONNY’S tunnel equipment products in addition to its existing full line of car wash equipment and replacement parts. The company will also continue to offer Washworld in-bay equipment products.


PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the appointment of Advanced Car Wash Systems as a new distributor serving the Southeast market, for the states of Georgia, Alabama, and the panhandle region of Florida. Advanced Car Wash Systems and PDQ Manufacturing are renewing their partnership that had previously been established in the 1990s.

Based in Marietta, GA, Advanced Car Wash Systems will distribute and service PDQ’s full line of vehicle wash systems and equipment. The company can be reached at (866) 403-9274 or by visiting


Because of the unique characteristics of hydrofluoric acid (HF) and its precursor salts (principally ammonium bifluoride or ABF) and the potential of serious injury that may result from their use in the car wash environment, the International Carwash Association has issued this advisory statement:

“HF and its precursors (ABF) are sometimes used as ingredients in certain ‘heavy duty cleaning’ products, including wall cleaners and wheel cleaners. Because of the unique hazards and human toxicity of HF and ABF that can cause catastrophic personal injury and because of the necessity of proper training and protective gear for the handling and use of HF and ABF in a car wash environment, the International Carwash Association strongly recommends that car wash owners not use HF or ABF.”


Mace Security International Inc. has sold its car wash facility located in Lubbock, TX. The sales price for the wash was $750,000. This is the latest development in the company’s ongoing efforts to exit the car wash business. Mace now owns six car wash locations and leases one location in Texas.


Chet and Lee Varner, owners of Hasty Car Wash in Thomasville, NC, recently replaced their old worn-out touch-free in-bay automatic unit with AUTEC’s Soft Touch Car Wash System, while adding an 8-foot glass building extension to their existing site. The extension combined with the new equipment’s shorter wash times increased by three times the number of vehicles washed by the old setup. The entire system changeover and building extension was completed in only 20 days — and new building permits were not required.


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