MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the appointment
of David Wingert as account executive with the company's domestic
outside sales team. Wingert has 15 years of sales and service experience
with independent distribution, focusing on distributor growth, profitability,
and customer satisfaction. He has worked in field sales and service,
sales management, and was most recently employed as vice president
of sales and marketing for a leading regional industrial distributor
based in Wisconsin. Wingert holds a BS degree in Business Administration
from the University of Minnesota.
WORLD WIDE DRYING SYSTEMS SOLD
World Wide Drying Systems Inc. was purchased by ARMA, LLC from
Precision Auto Care Inc. on March 13, 2003. Terms of the purchase
were not disclosed. In addition to purchasing all of the assets,
trademarks, and intellectual property, ARMA retained World Wide
Dryers' operations staff, most notably David White, the plant operation
The new company will operate under the name World Wide Dryer, LLC
and will continue to manufacture high-quality drying systems for
conveyor, self-serve, and touchless in-bay automatic car wash systems.
Plant operations were moved to a new 9,600-square-foot space in
Mansfield, OH. The company and product are no longer associated
with Hydro-Spray Car Wash Equipment Inc.
For ordering or product information the company's plant can be
reached at (800) 736-6412. For all other inquiries, please call
Mark Buffaline at (518) 587-4300.
RECORD FOR AMERICAN CHANGER
American Changer Corp. of Fort Lauderdale, FL has reported soaring
sales for the first quarter of 2003. According to company executives,
machine sales increased 27 percent over the first quarter in 2002.
This rapid growth is credited to increased sales of the AC8001 "Pay
Station" and the AC 2007 "Token to Credit Card" machines.
More than 1,000 car wash owners and operators recently converged
on Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX for the SCWA 2003 Annual Convention
The convention presented over 15 hours of idea exchange sessions
and workshops such as "New Face of Financing in the Car Wash
Industry" and "Good Maintenance - How to Protect My Investment."
In addition, attendees enjoyed are car wash tours and workshops
for those new to the car wash business.
Kevin Roberts, owner of Classic Car Washes in Granbury, TX was installed
as the 2003-04 SCWA president. According to Roberts, "this
was an outstanding convention, breaking several records including
total attendance, number of first time attendees, and size of the
exhibition. SCWA also reached the goal of more than 1,000 members."
The SCWA 2004 Convention and Exhibition will take place February
22-24, 2004 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, TX.
For more information, call SCWA at (512) 343-9023 or (800) 440-0644.
WASHUSA RAISED $107,000
WashUSA spokesperson Mark Curtis has announced that promotion of
the 2003 event slated for November 1 will kick off at Car Care World
Expo, May 8-10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. "We will
actually be able to sign up washes and suppliers at this trade show,
which is our industry's largest," said Curtis. "That is
just huge to our marketing effort."
WashUSA raised $107,000 in 2002 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r),
thanks to the generosity of 700 washes and a number of suppliers
in 31 states. "This year we hope to get 1,000 washes on board
and raise $250,000," Curtis said. "I think we've got a
pretty good shot at accomplishing that goal."
Curtis is optimistic thanks to growing industry support, including
support from the International Carwash Association's (ICA) board
of directors who will be marketing to their 3,000 members.
WashUSA is currently firming up its 2003 sponsors who help underwrite
the costs involved in marketing this effort.
For more information on participation and sponsorship opportunities,
contact Curtis at (888) WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury at (518) 877-6779
or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drawing on more than 100 years of racing heritage, Valvoline has
developed a new line of conventional and synthetic racing lubricants
formulated to increase horsepower and protect high-performance engines.
These products were created exclusively to meet the needs of the
more than 450,000 grassroots racers in North America. Each package
clearly states, "Formulated for Racing Engines Only" and
"Not for Passenger Vehicles."
"We did a lot of research on the grassroots racer and we saw
a way to deliver quality racing products to them at a price they
can afford," said Valvoline new products director Larry McFadden.
"These are no-compromises products that are for racing applications
only and don't have to meet the standards for everyday cars, or
need to last for 3,000 miles." Thom Smith, the Valvoline technical
director who helped formulate the new oils and coolant, said Valvoline
dyno tests prove new Valvoline Racing products provide more horsepower
output than the most widely used engine oils in grassroots racing
while also providing more consistent oil pressure and lower engine
"These products are formulated for extra engine protection
by adding an increased level of zinc that the catalytic converter
in a passenger vehicle would not be equipped to handle," said
Smith. "As a result these new engine oils are not street legal."
While Valvoline's racing product line includes products to maximize
horsepower on the track, the line still includes VR1 racing oil
for the track and the street.
JOSEPH ROSALES' NEW BOOK
Customer Service Is a Contact Sport(tm), a new book by Joseph Rosales,
president of Medford, NJ-based Customer Service Solutions Inc. and
Auto Laundry News columnist, debuted at the recent AOCA Annual Convention
and Fast Lube Expo in Charlotte, NC. Rosales presented two seminar
sessions of the same title on Sunday morning, April 6th, prior to
the opening of the trade show floor that afternoon.
"Consultant On-Demand" is among the services offered
by Customer Service Solutions. This consulting series includes one-on-one
sessions designed to inform, inspire and motivate business owners
and managers to achieve full potential for their businesses, employees
and management. These highly effective and informative consulting
sessions can be viewed in a timely manner on your PC via a CD-ROM
in the comfort and convenience of your office.
In addition, Customer Service Solutions will offer a new "Area
Supervisor Training (AST)" program scheduled to launch and
hold its first class in June of 2003. According to Rosales, "This
program is focused on developing the skill sets of the district
and regional supervisors of multiple locations. Owners of multiple
locations have requested this type of training for years and now
it is finally available as a series of two-day workshops held three
times per year in various locations throughout the country."
For more information, call (800) 268-9899 or visit: customerservicesolutions.com.
DOSMATIC'S NEW WEB SITE
Dosmatic U.S.A./International Inc. has announced that its web site
(www.dosmatic.com) has been redesigned for faster and easier service
to distributors and customers. The updated web site includes helpful
items such as conversion charts, product selection guides, frequently
asked questions, manuals, training information, warranty information,
The product information page guides users to the best product for
the required application. The section "about us" contains
information about the company's ISO 9001:2000 Certification, the
meaning of "The Professional's Choice", and company history.
Brochures, manuals, installation diagrams, spare parts lists, and
information sheets are easy to find and download.