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
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,
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.
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
"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
$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
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.