Industry Newsline - November 2009

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

MacNeil Wash Systems Limited of Barrie, Ontario has announced the appointment of John D. Marshall as vice president, marketing. Marshall has an extensive background in all aspects of dealer-based marketing, with a specialized focus in heavy equipment, automation, and consumer products. MacNeil Wash Systems designs and manufactures conveyor car wash systems for the tunnel car wash industry and for the automotive dealer, fleet, and rental markets. The company has dealer representation in over 20 countries worldwide.

PDQ DISTRIBUTOR

PDQ Manufacturing Inc. has appointed FASTECH, as an additional non-exclusive distributor serving the Southern California market. Based in Buena Park, CA, FASTECH will distribute and service PDQ’s vehicle wash systems, and also distribute its ACCESS® payment equipment.

Fueling & Service Technologies Inc., or FASTECH, is a “one-stop shop” for the service-station industry, offering car wash equipment supply; station maintenance and repairs; fueling-system design and construction; service-station design and construction; system upgrade; and compliance-testing services to its customer base. FASTECH can be reached at (800) 788-8815 or www.fastechus.com.

25,288 FREE CAR WASHES

More than 25,000 autos left Seattle, WA-based Brown Bear Car Washes on August 27 in sparkling condition as the Seattle-based company celebrated its 52nd anniversary by offering free car washes.

Brown Bear Car Washes performed 25,288 free “Bear Essential” car washes over a 12-hour period at 18 tunnel locations, bringing the free-wash total to 78,915 over the past four years.

“We’re excited to do this each year as a way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us for over five decades. And hopefully we introduced some new customers to the kind of service and value we deliver year around,” said Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat.

The family-owned company, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises Inc. owns and operates a total of 40 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores.

NEW FLAGSTOP WASH

Bob Schrum, owner of Flagstop Car Wash and Quick Lube, has announced the opening of the sixth Flagstop wash location in the Richmond, VA market. The location opened in early spring and is Flagstop’s second $5 express wash. The new wash features a 130-foot Econocraft tunnel with a top brush and tire shine machine, ISI’s R-TC tunnel controller, Unitec entry systems, 105-hp International Dryers, PurWater/PurClean systems, 27 free vacuums, and four J-KO floor-mat cleaners.

The new Flagstop Express Wash is located on Parham Road near the intersection of Broad Street in Richmond, VA. Visit www.flagstopcarwash.com for more information.

MACNEIL PARTS DISTRIBUTION

Barrie, Ontario-based MacNeil Wash Systems has announced the opening of a new parts distribution facility. The new facility, which is integrated with the MacNeil manufacturing plant in Barrie, is designed to better meet the parts needs of MacNeil’s growing customer base.

“The new parts facility recognizes our need to do the best job we can to provide parts on an overnight basis to our 45 dealers and thousands of car wash customers,” said MacNeil vice president, Vince MacNeil. “Integrating the parts business with our plant allows us to combine resources, systems, and logistics to do the job better.”

MacNeil’s OEM Parts program includes several enhancements, including significant increases in factory inventory, additional parts response personnel, and extended hours to support all time zones.

For more information on MacNeil’s replacement parts and to find your local MacNeil distributor, please call the MacNeil Parts Department at (800) 361-7797.

MR. CLEAN CAR WASH IN TEXAS

Mr. Clean Car Wash, operated by Agile Pursuits Franchising Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Procter & Gamble Company, has announced that it will open its first Texas franchise in Round Rock, north of Austin, by spring 2010.

Mr. Clean Car Wash has 16 locations in Georgia and Ohio, with seven more under development in the Southeast, Ohio Valley, Chicago, and Colorado. The company is accepting franchise applications nationwide, but is giving special attention to three Texas markets.

“Texas is an ideal location for our business,” said Bruce Arnett Sr., CEO of Mr. Clean Car Wash. In addition to Austin, the company is targeting Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston for up to 21 car washes combined. “We’re serious about Texas and are taking the steps to make our presence there really big, really fast, and really successful,” Arnett said.

While some might question an expansion in the current economy, Mr. Clean Car Wash is doing quite well. “People are keeping their cars longer and taking better care of them,” Arnett said.

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