Indistry Newsline - October 2006

Industry Newsline


Jeff Sawyer
Steve Muth

Jeff Sawyer has been promoted to district manager of Autobell Car Wash Inc. for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Sawyer, 26, is a native of Blounts Creek, NC, and joined Autobell in the fall of 2003 after earning a Business Administration degree from Campbell University. He quickly rose through the ranks of Autobell, becoming an assistant manager at the company’s Garner, NC location in March 2004 after just six months of employment. He was then promoted within a few months to manager, serving at several locations. He was promoted to his current position in May 2006.

Penray, the Elk Grove Village, PA-based manufacturer of cooling-system treatments, fuel treatments, and shop chemicals, announced that Steve Muth has joined the company as chief chemist. Muth is responsible for product development and serves as technology resource and an inventor. Muth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. Over the course of his career, he has held several positions in process and product development and in research.


The New York State Car Wash Association’s (NYSCWA) Fall Membership Meeting and Golf Outing at The Pompey Club in Syracuse on August 29 included 18 holes on an award-winning course. After a delayed start due to some early rain, the golfers enjoyed an exceptional day.

A highlight of the day was a special award presented to former NYSCWA board member Bob Klein, who has left the industry. He was honored for his tireless efforts on behalf of the association during his years of service as a member and board member. Klein, the association’s legislative liaison, was instrumental in the association’s legislative victories and progress made in Albany.

The association’s next event is a workers’ compensation seminar on Long Island titled, “Car Wash Owners of New York Are Saving $$$ on their Workers’ Compensation.” The seminar is scheduled for October 3, at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel in Smithtown from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVP at (866) 850-2667 or (800) 287-6604 or online at


D & S Car Wash Equipment Co. of St. Louis, MO held its first training program for the Odyssey Soft Touch in-bay automatic on July 26 and 27, 2006 at HTE Technologies in Maryland Heights, MO. New Odyssey owners and D & S distributors from across the US were in attendance for the two-day course, which covered Odyssey operation, maintenance, and wash-level programming.

The first day of training covered the Odyssey’s various modes of wash operation, wash passes, and wash-recipe control. A review of the wash diagnostics, system troubleshooting, and critical faults explanation gave participants a clear understanding of how to interpret the user interface and simplified wash-recipe programming, management, and system maintenance.

Day-two topics covered hydraulics, pneumatics, controllers and sensors, and the Odyssey chemical delivery system. Each participant of the Odyssey Service School received a comprehensive operator’s manual and a detailed explanation of how to utilize it.


A new Sound Source™ report, “OSHA Hearing Conservation Violations,” issued by the Bacou-Dalloz Hearing Safety Group, reports on a study the company recently conducted with the assistance of OSHA’s Office of Information and Technology on compliance actions between 2000 and 2004 relating to hearing conservation.

According to the report, the general lack of a hearing conservation program ranked as the top violation of Section 1910.95. Nearly one-fourth (2,358) of the more than 10,000 OSHA citations for Section 1910.95 were for lack of a continuing, effective hearing conservation program when warranted. This violation was cited nearly twice as often as any other component of the standard and resulted in penalties of over $3.6 million, according to the report.

Sound Source reports, authored and edited by expert hearing conservationists, are available free as a service to the industry.

To download a PDF of Sound Source #8A, go to: hearingconservation/hc-snd-ame.asp.


WashUSA, the one-day fundraiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America is likely to recoup about $100,000 this year in donations, according to Mark Curtis, event founder and owner of the Splash car washes in Stamford, CT. That figure would bring to more than $800,000 the total raised since WashUSA teamed up with Make-A-Wish in 2002. “I am gratified by the support from all the operators who participated this year,” he said. “Some of them have been a part of WashUSA since it started and some have joined us for the first time.”

Curtis credits a strong vendor support system with keeping WashUSA viable over the years. “I want to thank the vendors who supported our effort this year and in year’s past,” he said. “They have really made a difference in the number of wishes WashUSA fulfills each year (more than 100 to date). We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Curtis encourages all participants to send in their donations as soon as possible. Please contact (800) 722-WISH with any questions on submitting payment.

For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation visit or call 800-722-WISH. You can also visit the WashUSA web page at or call (888) WashUSA.



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