Industry Newsline - October 2008

Industry Newsline


Arvada, CO-based Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has announced the addition of four professionals to its direct sales organization. Stephen Essary assumes the role of sales manager for the state of Texas (excluding the panhandle and El Paso). Mark Martinez, who is based in San Antonio, will sell Mark VII products throughout central and southwest Texas. Randy Phillips, who is based in St. Louis, takes over sales responsibility for the southern Illinois and eastern Missouri market. Will Quaglieri, who is based in Denver, has joined the Key Accounts sales team, where he will focus on sales to gas and convenience store chains.


The use of air nozzles is the focus of a new publication from Spraying Systems Co. of Wheaton, IL. The 24-page guide explains the benefits of using air nozzles rather than open pipes for drying and blow-off. Detailed information is provided on the improvements in process control and reductions in noise and compressed air consumption users can expect when using air nozzles.

A wide variety of air products that use compressed air are reviewed. Air nozzles, low flow air knives, variable air amplifiers, and air nozzle accessories are among the products featured. Best uses, benefits, and typical applications are presented for each product along with complete performance data. More information is available at


Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc. recently awarded 66 employees its 2008 academic scholarships to help further their education at the college or university of their choice. This year’s gifts totaled $61,600. Since its inception, the Autobell Scholarship Program has awarded over $167,000 in academic funds to employees.

The Autobell Scholarship is an annual program open to current Autobell employees of at least one year standing. Employees who are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school diploma within the past three years can complete and submit the short application, along with references, an acceptance letter from an accredited college or university, and a 500-word essay. The Autobell Selection Committee reviews all applications and chooses the scholarship recipients.

In a separate statement, the company announced that it will help fund The Autobell Car Wash Laboratory at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. “Wofford, a liberal arts college of about 1400 students, has recently begun to offer BA and BS degrees in Environmental Studies,” explained Todd Leahy, associate vice president of development at the college.

The Autobell Car Wash Water Laboratory will enable students to carefully study changes, quality, and environmental concerns regarding water. “Autobell is widely recognized as a formidable steward of our environment and excellent manager and conservator of water,” concluded Leahy.


D&S Car Wash Equipment Company of High Ridge, MO has announced the appointment of MDB Enterprises as its exclusive distributor for the greater Phoenix area and Northern Arizona. MDB is currently a General Contractor based in Prescott, AZ, and has expanded its business portfolio to include car wash equipment distribution and chemical supply to the professional car wash industry.

“Becoming an equipment distributor was the logical next step for MDB,” said Michael Beuchat, president of the company. “We really searched for a quality equipment line to offer and decided on D&S.


Steve Gaudreau, a 20-year car wash industry veteran, has just released a new book, So You Want to Own a Car Wash, subtitled Finding and Evaluating Retail Sites for Car Washes. According to Gaudreau, the book provides an overview of what is happening economically today in all eight segments of the industry and gives anyone new to the car wash business — or operators expanding their locations — the 20 most critical variables to consider when building or buying a car wash site. The book can be purchased online at

HAPPY 50th!

Hi-Performance Wash Systems (HPWS) recently celebrated 50 years in business. Founded in 1958 by industry pioneer Gene Miller, HPWS is a supplier of tunnel, automatic, and self-service car wash equipment and supplies for Wyoming, Colorado, Northern New Mexico and Western Kansas. To celebrate this milestone, HPWS hosted an open house and training bonanza, with over 120 car wash operators in attendance. Vendors conducted training classes for car wash operators.


Jim Coleman Company earned bragging rights on its first “one million mile safe driver” employee award. Mike Frierson, a six-year employee has completed 1 million miles of safe driving without an accident of any kind delivering car wash equipment around the United States. Frierson has driven over 6 million miles in his career. He has delivered equipment to car wash sites, as well as all the expos and tradeshows that the company has attended in the last six years.


The Kleen-Rite “Learn More, Earn More” Informational Seminar and Training Expo will be held at Kleen-Rite in Columbia, PA on November 12. Training seminars will be taking place throughout the day covering all car wash topics. Attendees will be able to spend time with manufacturer professionals, one-on-one, on the Expo floor. Over 75 industry manufacturers will be there to answer questions. There is no cost to attendees. For further information visit


Tucson, AZ-based Mister Car Wash recently announced the acquisition of HiCo Car Wash in Spokane, Washington. The acquisition gives Mister Car Wash five car washes in Spokane and 61 total car washes and 24 lube shops across seven states. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Procter & Gamble Co. plans to expand its Mr. Clean Performance Car Wash concept throughout Ohio and Kentucky through franchising. It would be the first time the company has ever allowed franchising of one of its businesses.

There are two company-owned Mr. Clean locations in Cincinnati, and a third, limited-service location inside a downtown garage. The required franchise fee is reportedly $35,000.


Jim Graham, CEO of Superior Carwash Systems, has announced delivery of the company’s first “Express Carwash Solutions” express tunnel equipment. Superior had a good second quarter. Not only did the company deliver the first tunnel of the new line, it also delivered six additional tunnels around the US. The third quarter is slated to beat all revenue from 2007, according to the company.

Jim Graham and James Gillespie purchased Superior Car Wash Systems in March 2008 from Archie Johnson, who started the company in 1971.


The Western Carwash Association (WCA) and its management firm, Olivito and Associates, have agreed to the transition of services to a new management firm. The parties are committed to a seamless process that will ensure that member benefits and services continue uninterrupted.

Sam and Sharon Olivito and their professional staff have, over the past 24 years, been instrumental in the growth and management of the largest and one of the most respected regional associations in the car wash industry.

The new management firm, Association Resource Center, is located in Folsom, CA and will start providing service on November 3, 2008.

The WCA board of directors has expressed its thanks to Olivito and Associates for their professional service, loyalty, and dedication to the association over the past 24 years.

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