Newsline - November 2004

Industry Newsline


US Rep. Pete Sessions (R, Texas) was presented with the Automotive Oil Change Association's (AOCA) Automotive Service Industry Champion Award at the AOCA's annual congressional reception held this year on September 14th at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Several congressmen and EPA officials were in attendance. Steve Christie, executive director of the AOCA, made the presentation.

"[Rep. Sessions] has been at the forefront of helping small business owners across the country and has been extremely helpful to the AOCA in establishing an official Superfund Service Station Dealer Exemption application process for environmentally-responsible small business automotive service facilities. This award shows our appreciation for all his efforts," Christie said.

The Superfund Service Station Dealer exemption is a public policy exemption intended to protect environmentally-responsible automotive service center facilities, like fast lubes, that collect and manage do-it-yourselfer (DIY) used oil from the public. The fast lube industry alone collects over a million gallons of DIY used oil annually. The exemption covers only off-site pollution caused by a third party.


Ryko Manufacturing Company, the leading car wash equipment and service provider based in Grimes, IA, has announced that, following a significant investment in the company, Scott G. Clawson has assumed the position of president and chief executive officer of Ryko. Clawson will replace the founder and former CEO James Nelson. Nelson will remain active in the business as chairman of the board. The Ryko management team - with over 160 years of combined industry experience - will also remain to support the new CEO's efforts.

Clawson was president of Veeder-Root from 1998 to 2001. Under his leadership, Veeder-Root grew its position in the monitoring-equipment marketplace and made several acquisitions, including Gilbarco, Red Jacket, and Gasboy. Clawson's position immediately before joining Ryko was president of Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a worldwide leader in petroleum-industry products, services, and software.

"Scott's experience and background will help build on the successful tradition that Larry Klein and I have worked to build over the years," said Jim Nelson, who, with Klein, founded Ryko in 1973. "He is an
experienced global leader with a deep understanding of our industry and customers. Scott brings with him leading-edge business practices and systems that will help build upon Ryko's success and take us to the next level of customer satisfaction."


Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers located in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Knoxville and Chattanooga participated in a fundraiser to support research for Aicardi Syndrome during the week of June 14-27.

Aicardi Syndrome affects females of all ages, most commonly from birth to the mid-20s. In very rare cases, men can be affected. Those diagnosed with the syndrome suffer from seizures, mental retardation, and lesions on the retina of the eye, which is specific to this disorder.

VIOC raised over $9,300 in donations by simply informing customers about Aicardi Syndrome, which affects 20,000 women worldwide. They handed out brochures describing the cause, symptoms, and treatments of the disease and asked if customers would like to give a $1-$5 donation.


ConocoPhillips Company has announced a new line of premier greases that delivers key performance benefits from across the Conoco, Phillips 66, and 76 lubricants brands. The new line features a vastly expanded assortment of grease products that was developed after conducting a rigorous review of product attributes and applications shared among the three ConocoPhillips Lubricants' brands.
The new grease line provides customers with greater access to a wide variety of high-quality greases. It also provides multi-branded marketers the opportunity to streamline their existing inventories and pursue new business, according to the company.


The second edition of the Technician Academy training materials of the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) is now available. The program is designed so that a manager or trainer can periodically test a student's mastery of the units with short quizzes and hands-on demonstrations.
The material is organized by lube center job functions, including greeter, upper tech, lower tech, etc. It also includes sections on customer service and safety in the workplace. All AOCA members in good standing, who are prior purchasers of the Technician Academy, will be provided the updated version of the Technician Guide, Trainer Guide, and Technician Workbook without charge.

In a separate statement, the association announced that it had signed a contract with On-Line Learning Systems in Toronto, Ontario, for the development of an online training program, expected to be functional by April 2005. This project will allow the AOCA to have its entire Technician Academy accessible anywhere in the world via the Internet. This will include online payment of fees and automatic updating of the student database.


A 1938 Horch won "Best of Show" honors at the 2004 world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The winner, owned by Judge Joseph C. Cassini III and his wife Margie of West Orange, NJ, is one of only two Horch Roadsters still in existence.

"This is the second car that we've restored that has won the "Best of Show" title at the Pebble Beach Concours," said Rob Myers, founder of RM Restoration, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Highlights of the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with celebrity interviews - including co-chairs Sandra Kasky and Glen Mounger, the Cassinis, and Rob Meyer - can be seen on an episode of Meguiar's Car Crazy Television, which is aired weekly on the SPEED Channel national cable network. Audio coverage is provided nationally on the Car Crazy Radio segment of Car and Drive Radio.

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