MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Hanna Car Wash Systems International, LLC of Portland,
OR has announced the appointment of Ken Condliff as materials manager.
Condliff works with Hanna's strategic suppliers and vendors to improve
supply chain programs and he reports directly to Hanna's plant manager,
Kai Carlson. Condliff has 15 years of international experience and
a consistent record of improved business performance utilizing LEAN,
ISO, QS9000 and 6-Sigma quality management techniques. Condliff
most recently worked
for Tensolite Corporation in Vancouver, WA.
ONLINE, INTERACTIVE SPRAYING SYSTEMS
Spraying Systems Co. has added iSpray, a new, interactive tool,
to its web site, www.spray.com. iSpray helps guide users through
the nozzle evaluation and selection process quickly and efficiently.
Users new to nozzles will find valuable information about various
spray-nozzle types and several built-in tools to help them determine
which nozzles and accessories are suitable for their application.
Experienced users looking for replacement items will find part number
and part description searches helpful and easy to use. iSpray incorporates
proprietary tools to help users find nozzles based on their flow
rate and pressure requirements. These tools help determine nozzle
capacity requirements, configure cooling, coating and humidification
systems, and build complete nozzle assemblies.
UNITEC SPEEDS UP
Unitec Electronics, manufacturer of car wash entry systems, has
announced the rollout of
its Enterlink(r) Carwash Entry System with Speedpass. The company
recently completed a joint development effort with ExxonMobil to
incorporate its highly popular Speedpass, as well as credit and
debit acceptance, into the Enterlink and the Wash Select II POS.
The introduction of Unitec's popular Wash Select II POS with Speedpass
is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
The new Enterlink and Wash Select II POS with Speedpass units not
only allow car wash customers the convenience of using their Speedpass
transponders right at the car wash entrance, but also allow customers
to use the same major credit cards and debit cards at the car wash
that they use at the
gas pump. Since the processing of credit and debit payments is accomplished
through the ExxonMobil credit network, transactions are integrated
through the point-of-sale system.
The Enterlink and Wash Select II POS car wash entry systems with
Speedpass will also offer the convenient features traditionally
available, including cash acceptance and change dispensing, as well
as the provision to enter codes for washes purchased at the gas
pump or in the store. The companies attribute the successful rollout
of the systems to the proven technology of both ExxonMobil's Speedpass
and the Unitec Enterlink and Wash Select II.
NEW AUTO SPA
Former grocery industry executive and entrepreneur David Cottrell
and aspiring car wash operator Max Koehler have joined forces and
opened the first of what they plan to be many Dave's Auto Spa car
Cottrell, 60, a Richmond, VA native who made his mark perfecting
bar code competitive-pricing technology for grocery stores, opened
Dave's Auto Spa at Huguenot Village in mid-June. He chose car wash
veteran Max Koehler, also of Richmond, as his managing partner.
Koehler, 25, worked with Autobell Car Wash while attending N.C.
State University in Raleigh. He had been looking for a way to return
to the business.
The new wash is in an upscale area of Richmond with few wash facilities.
It's located near an
intersection with a car count of almost 50,000 per day. This first
unit incorporates bright white and blue colors with lots of mirrors
and stainless steel accents on the interior. Dave's features Hanna
Systems equipment and Armor All Professional products provided by
Howco Inc. of Charlotte.
BEST OF SHOW
Owned by Peter D. Williamson of Lyme, NH, a 1935 blue metallic
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic drove away with the coveted Best of Show
honors at the 2003 Pebble Beach, CA Concours d'Elegance. The Bugatti,
a sister vehicle to the Ralph Lauren Bugatti that earned the top
Pebble Beach honors in 1990, was entered as one of the featured
marques being honored by the 2003 Concours. The winner's owner selected
Meguiar's products to clean, protect and maintain the car's trophy-winning
finish and interior.
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance annually assembles more than
150 of the world's rarest, elegant and most significant automobiles
on the lawns of the Pebble Beach Lodge, and offers enthusiasts an
unparalleled exhibition of automotive styling and design.
The prestigious event highlights the beauty, craftsmanship and
lineage of the automobile through the selection of vehicle models
renowned for their handcrafted coachwork, state-of-the-art styling
and technical advancements.
"Protecting the world's automotive heritage by maintaining
and preserving notable vehicles rests in the hands of collectors
everywhere," said Meguiar's president and CEO Barry Meguiar.
A team representing the Valvoline Instant Oil Change at 650 Commons
Lane in Woodbury, MN recently claimed the title of "America's
Best Oil Change Team" in VIOC's annual Oil-Lympics competition.
Center manager Kevin Crews, customer service representative/technician
Sara Mulcahy and technician Jeff Callahan beat out nine other finalist
teams to take top honors. A panel of 14 expert judges graded each
team based on 123 criteria. The competition is designed to promote
accurate implementation of VIOC's proprietary certification process,
which all service center personnel must successfully pass before
being allowed to work independently on any vehicle. VIOC is the
nation's second-largest quick lube chain, with more than 700
BILLS INTO BILLS AND COINS?
Customers ready to spend but reluctant to change their $20 bills
into 80 quarters wouldn't hesitate if they could get three $5 bills
and 20 quarters. If you have bill acceptors integrated into your
equipment, the problem is compounded because they will only accept
$1 and $5 bills. If customers can't get change
in bills and coins you lose potential profit. The AC7502 from American
Changer Corp solves this dilemma. In conjunction with an existing
changer it offers customers every opportunity to get the change
they need to purchase the services that you offer.
The AC7502 features a front-load (gauge) high-security cabinet
with dual heavy-duty screw-type T-handle locks. It accepts $1, $5,
$10 or $20 bills and dispenses change in any combination of bills,
quarters or tokens. With one of the optional bill acceptors, the
AC7502 can even accept $50 and $100 bills. It has a capacity of
1,000 accepted bills and holds 2,800 quarters plus 1,000 bills to
dispense as change. A high-security pedestal base is offered for
floor-mounted locations. For maximum-security protection, internal
alarms can be added. More information is available from your distributor.
ConocoPhillips Company, the fourth largest U.S. lubricants supplier,
has announced the award of its automotive chemicals business for
the Phillips 66 and 76 Lubricants brands to Technical Chemical Company
(TCC), a Texas-based company. TCC will offer more choices for ConocoPhillips
marketers, as well provide an added value to the current line of
brands, according to John Brant, ConocoPhillips programs director.
ConocoPhillips' marketers will see reduced shipping time, improved
pricing, and an enhanced chemical line. It is further anticipated
that additional products will be brought to the Phillips 66 and
76 Lubricants branded chemical offerings, according to Brant.
LUSTRA SIGNS WITH VALERO
Cleaning Systems Inc. of De Pere, WI, manufacturer of Lustra(tm)
Professional Car Care Products, has announced the signing of an
exclusive car wash chemical supply agreement with Valero-Diamond
Shamrock. "CSI's Lustra brand of car wash chemicals and its
nationwide distribution network will provide Valero-Diamond Shamrock
the wash product that will differentiate them in the marketplace,"
said Jim Thomes, CSI's vice president of sales and marketing.