MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Dallas, TX-based Dosmatic Inc. has announced the appointment of
Dick McKee as its new industrial sales manager for North America.
McKee, who most recently headed up such successful water purification
firms as Crane Environmental and Culligan International, has 30
years experience in the water purification industry.
Unitec Electronics of Elkridge, MD has announced staff promotions
and appointments. Wayne Walker, who has been with the company for
four years, has been promoted to field sales support specialist.
Will Severe has over 10 years of technical experience and joined
the company in September 2003 as technical trainer. Tina Krpejs,
who has worked for the company for more than eight years has been
promoted to technical service supervisor.
Miracle Appearance Reconditioning Specialists International, Inc.
(MARS) of Arlington, TX has appointed W. Donovan Hall as executive
vice president responsible for all sales and franchise development
activities. Hall built his own MARS franchise, an auto appearance
repair system, into one of the top-performing franchises in the
company. He has a diverse background in corporate management spanning
CARWASH HQ PURCHASES IN BRANDON, FL
Carwash Headquarters purchased the Brandon Carwash in Brandon,
FL on Monday, March 29. The wash, acquired from the Kazbour family,
is the eleventh car wash in the Carwash Headquarters portfolio.
"The Kazbour family has built an outstanding business and we
look forward to building on their reputation," said Joe Kaplan,
Carwash HQ president. The Brandon Carwash will be branded Grand
Prix, similar to four other full-service washes and one lube center
in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market.
Carwash Headquarters, based in Houston, TX, owns and operates 11
full-service car washes and seven lube centers.
WASHUSA RETAINS SPONSORS
Several of the original founding WashUSA sponsors as well as gold
sponsors have announced their continued support and their 2004 participation
in the September 18 fundraiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r).
These sponsors include Dultmeier Sales of Omaha, NE; Innovative
Control Systems of Nazareth, PA; Simoniz USA of Bolton, CT; PDQ
of De Pere, WI; and Lustra/Cleaning Systems Inc. also of De Pere,
Thanks to the support and commitment of industry vendors WashUSA
has been a huge success, according to event spokesperson and founder
Mark Curtis. "We hope to substantially grow the donations from
the vendor community," he said. "[Our sponsors'] involvement
continues to demonstrate that WashUSA has become an industry-driven
event that we hope will continue to portray our industry in the
For more information on participation and sponsorship opportunities,
contact Curtis at 888-WASHUSA or Suzanne Stansbury, trade media
manager, at (518) 877-6779, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or log onto www.washesforwishes.org.
IWAKI WALCHEM CHANGES NAME
Walchem Corporation (USA) and Iwaki Co., Ltd. (Japan) have announced
a name change
for their joint venture pump manufacturing and sales company located
in Holliston, MA. Formerly Iwaki Walchem Corp., the new name, IWAKI
AMERICA, more accurately defines the 13-year-old firm's hemispheric
marketing reach. Still majority-owned by Walchem Corp., IWAKI AMERICA
plans to continue building on the global strength and ubiquity of
the Iwaki brand. For details, visit www.iwakiamerica.com.
AUTOBELL ADDS TWO
Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc., celebrating its 35th
anniversary this year, is adding two more metro-area units to the
37 units it already operates in 18 North Carolina and four Virginia
cities. The new Autobells are under construction and will open by
mid-year at 409 Gilead Road in Huntersville, across from the US
Post Office, and at 7565 NC Highway 73 just east of NC Highway 16
SAVE $10 WITH CASTROL
Lube operators who carry Castrol products can offer Castrol(r)
SYNTEC(tm) customers a $10 savings, which is good for the customer's
next SYNTEC oil change at that location. This will help installers
maintain customer loyalty.
By completing a simple two-step process, consumers will save money
after receiving a quality oil change at a place that is familiar
to them. All they need to do is fill in the requested information
and drop the mail-in certificate and proof of purchase in a mailbox.
Within 8-10 weeks, they will receive a check payable to the lube
operator for $10 off the customer's next Castrol SYNTEC oil change.
Only one redemption is permitted per person, household, or address
for each qualifying purchase of a Castrol SYNTEC oil change and
a person is limited to a total of two redemptions.
WASH LOYALTY SYSTEM
Dynamic Software has introduced the Wash Access Loyalty System
(WALS). WALS is a multi-site web-based loyalty club management system
exclusively designed and developed for PDQ Manufacturing's ACCESS(tm)
car wash entry stations.
WALS was designed to provide a loyalty club management system
to car wash owners with one or more car wash sites and to increase
the frequency at which members use their membership.
The system has many features and benefits, including the support
for an unlimited number of fleet accounts and consumer accounts,
the support for both debit (prepaid) and credit (post-pay)
accounts, and the ability to process loyalty/gift card accounts
and member number (card-less) accounts. WALS can produce a full-transaction
audit-trail report for every account, has the ability to send a
customized "thank you" e-mail to a member after each car
wash showing their current account balance, and has the capability
to send e-mails to all members (or a subset of members) announcing
promotions and/or notifying members of low balances, and much more.
A club interface can be developed and added to the car wash owner's
own web site that seamlessly interfaces to WALS. A club interface
allows loyalty club members to update and maintain their own accounts
over the Internet -including replenishing their accounts using their
credit cards. Dynamic
Software's web site (www.dsigb.com)
provides additional information.
FMI WEB SITE
Fluid Metering, Inc.'s new web site covers the full line of dispensers
and metering pumps for laboratory, industrial, process and OEM applications.
In addition, the web site provides expanded technical support, including
sections for technical FAQ's, sales literature, instruction manual
downloads, and "Application of the Month" case histories.
You can visit the new web site at www.fmipump.com.
WARSAW'S NEW WEB SITE
Warsaw Chemical Co. of Warsaw, IN, makers of Car Choice(r) brand
products, has added a new car washing and detailing section to its
web site, www.warsaw-chem.com.
The new section features the complete line of Car Choice products.
Everything from non-acidic tire cleaner to bug residue remover can
be found on the site. Visitors can click on the various components
of each line to view individual products. There are products available
for self-service, in-bay automatic, and conveyor washes. A brief
summary of the company's ordering, handling and guarantee policies
can also be found on the site.
ISI RELAUNCHES WEB SITE
Portland, OR-based Integrated Services, Inc. (ISI) recently re-launched
its corporate web site (www.ints.com) with all-new design and features.
The site is easier to use and provides better, more concise information,
according to Trina Christiansen, ISI's marketing manager. The redesigned
site provides easily accessible resources for both prospective and
current customers. Some of the additions to www.ints.com include
improved site navigation, a "New to the Industry" page
containing links to industry publications, associations, web forums,
and pre-published editorial content. It also includes resources
for current customers to view new features available in LubeSoft(r)