Newsline - September 2004 2004

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

William Young has joined Dosatron International as Southwest regional manager. Known as "Deuce" by many friends and associates, this Texas A&M-Commerce graduate has had a stellar business career in consumer products marketing. Young lives on his ranch east of Dallas in Sulphur Springs. He is active in the community coaching youth sports, hunting, fishing, and raising cattle.

Lock America Inc, dba L.A.I. Group has added two new team members to its North Carolina sales office. Pam Blincoe will be working as assistant to Christopher Shope, the company's vice president for marketing/sales. Blincoe has substantial experience in retail sales and paralegal functions. Morgan Lambert will be heading up outside sales for the East Coast. Lambert has a background in agricultural and industrial sales.

Brian Nichols has joined Ryko Manufacturing Company as the new direct area manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada. Nichols began his employment with Ryko in August and is based in Ryko's Sacramento, CA sales and service office. His territory includes the Sacramento and Redding metro areas in California along with the Reno area in Nevada.

Con-Serv Manufacturing has appointed Dwight Royal as director of operations and Stan Royal as national sales manager. The brothers both graduated from University of Florida. In addition, Dwight has a degree in Business Administration from Stetson University, and Stan has a degree in Business Administration from Florida Southern. Dwight has the further distinction of being the son-in-law of Jim Keller, the company's president.

JIM COLEMAN EXPANDS

Jim Coleman Company of Houston, TX has added 16,800 square feet to its previously existing 100,000-square-foot headquarters. The new building now houses the metal finishing department, all of the technical support staff, and the assemblyof the bay marketing meters, Entry Wizard, and the Swipe-N-Clean.

In celebration of the expansion, JCC employees attended a ribbon cutting, enjoyed a Champaign toast, a barbecue dinner, and were then whisked off to enjoy an evening at Minute Maid Park for an Astros baseball game. This was an exciting event for all.

BENNY'S GETS LABOR GRANT

The Louisiana Department of Labor recently awarded Benny's Car Wash a $187,334 Incumbent Worker Training Program grant to fund specialized training for employees that will lead to position advancement and higher wages.

The Alford family, which owns Benny's Car Wash, operates two full service car washes, four oil change facilities, two exterior washes and two convenience stores in Baton Rouge. The grant will fund training for 131 employees. Training includes classes in basic oil change, computer technician development, computer literacy, and customer service.

The Incumbent Worker Training Program was created in 1997 by the Legislature to help Louisiana businesses train their existing workers.

HANNA DISTRIBUTORS MEET

Hanna Car Wash Systems International hosted two distributor meetings this summer - one in Frankfurt, Germany for its international distributors and another at its corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon for its domestic distributors.

The focus of both two-day meetings was for distributors to learn about Hanna's new products being launched this fall. It was also a chance for distributors to share their industry and product knowledge with one another.

RYKO'S NEW-LOOK WEB SITE

Ryko Manufacturing Company's re-designed web site features easier navigation and expanded information for all browsers seeking information about Ryko products and services. Links to all Ryko product videos, brochures

and special features such as the IPIX Interactive Car Wash Tour and the SoftGloss XS and SoftGloss XS2 car wash Color Designer are all available on the updated web site.

The site also features an expanded sales and service directory for both domestic and International customers. You can view Ryko's updated web site at www.ryko.com.

HURRICANE HELP

Scotch Plaid Inc., the Dallas-based car wash chemical and towel manufacturer, responded to a call for assistance in the aftermath of multiple hurricanes in South Florida. The company announced that it had worked with the American Red Cross to donate more than 300,000 car wash drying towels to aid victims and volunteers in the disaster area. According to Larry Barnes of Scotch Plaid, the towels are very suitable for clean up of everything inside and outside of cars, homes, and offices. Sara Gable of the American Red Cross said this assistance would provide valuable support and materials for those working diligently to recover.

According to the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA), $8,000 has been donated through its AOCA-Talk system by association members to help fast lube employees who were hit by Hurricane Charley. Cricket Killingsworth and David Prange of The Heartland used the AOCA-Talk system - an open e-mail forum for AOCA members - to initiate the call-to-action.

"Not only is the AOCA-Talk system a valuable educational tool, but in this situation it was used as a means to bring the industry together to help fellow members during a time of need," said Steve Christie, executive director of the association. "Support and camaraderie are just two examples of the many benefits of subscribing to AOCA-Talk."

$1.2 MILLION FOR CHARITY THROUGH AUTOBELL

Autobell Car Wash's Charity Car Wash Program increased its contribution to local charities by 44 percent in the company's fiscal year 2003-2004 by helping raise $344,000 for North Carolina and Virginia charities, schools and other non-profits. The Charlotte, NC-based company's program began in 1998 and has raised over $1.2 million to date.

"It's a classic win-win-win situation," explained Autobell President and CEO Chuck Howard. "The charities win because they sell wash certificates at full price and don't actually have to wash cars; Autobell wins because we get new customers that have never used our services. However, the biggest winner is our environment, because Autobell treats 100 percent of all water used and recycles 80 percent."

The company has taken its strong environmental stance a step further by adding a bioretention pond and a rain garden at its newest car wash in Huntersville, NC. "Autobell is basically in the water management business," said Howard. "We use in the hundred millions of gallons of water annually to wash millions of cars at our 40 car washes." Autobell's commitment to the environment and professional processing of water are not mandated and have won the company and Howard numerous environmental awards.

WASHUSA BACK ON TV

Mark Curtis, founder of WashUSA, and Mark Thorsby, executive director of the International Carwash Association (ICA), appeared on The Early Show on CBS September 17 to promote the one day fund-raiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r). Curtis and Thorsby washed a car with the
network's morning weatherman Ira Joe Fisher. This was WashUSA's third national television spot in as many years.

Operators across the country in all 50 states are enjoying positive press coverage of this great event. "One Cincinnati operator had coverage from two television stations and a 15-minute interview on a local station announcing the fund-raiser," Curtis said.

Curtis is anxious to get the results of the 2004 event despite the rather wet weather East Coast car washers experienced on the 18th. A rain date of September 25 was put in place for those operators who were washed out on September 18.

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