Industry Newsline - September 2009

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

De Pere, WI-based Cleaning Systems Inc. (www.CleaningSystemsInc.com) has announced the hiring of Mark Brock as director of marketing. Brock has a strong background in corporate retail marketing and visual merchandising having held vice president positions with such companies as ShopKo Stores in Green Bay, WI and most recently Sears Holdings, Hoffman Estates, IL. Brock replaces Jim Wurm who has been reassigned to marketing project manager, which allows him to focus on the execution of marketing and key company initiatives.

WASHWORLD DISTRIBUTOR

Washworld Inc. (www.washworldinc.com) of De Pere, WI has announced the newest addition to its distributor network. Epic Car Wash Supply Ltd., located in Richmond, BC, will be selling and servicing the Washworld wash systems to customers in British Columbia, Canada. Dan Findlay, president and founder of the company, has been in the car wash industry for over five years and has extensive experience in all aspects of the business, especially touch-free equipment. His expertise includes site design and equipment layout, on-site repairs, and electronic troubleshooting.

USED OIL SAVINGS

Summer is the best time for businesses to lay the groundwork for winter savings. Waste-oil heating systems — the ticket to lowering or even eliminating heating costs — run on used oil and businesses that save used oil during the summer have the best chance of maximizing savings during the winter. As a bonus, on-site recycling is the cleanest, most efficient manner of disposal for the environment.

“Burning waste oil as fuel for heat allows businesses to turn a liability into an asset and is a simple, yet far-reaching, way for them to go green,” said Robert Stevens, president of Nashville, TN-based EnergyLogic (www.energylogic.com).

EnergyLogic’s waste-oil heating systems provide on-site recycling of used oil for companies such as garages, lube shops, car dealerships, and heavy equipment dealers. Any other method of disposal requires transportation and processing with unnecessary risk to the businesses producing the used oil on site, exposing them to what could be very high costs if that used oil is spilled or otherwise improperly disposed of in transit.

COMPUWASH NOW AUTO PILOT

In the first quarter of 2009, Compuwash’s stock was purchased by the owner of SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory, the largest manufacturer and supplier of conveyorized car wash equipment, parts, and supplies in the world. Key personnel from the former Compuwash offices were relocated to SONNY’S headquarters in Florida. At the end of June, along with releasing the latest software update to the Profit Pilot Point of Sale product, the company was renamed Auto Pilot Carwash Control Systems (www.autopilotcontrols.com) to signify a new beginning for the “Pilot” family of products: the Wash Pilot Carwash Controller and the Profit Pilot subscription-based Point of Sale system.

The new Auto Pilot Carwash Control Systems now has direct access to the resources and experience of a parent company that has been washing cars since 1949. New features and refinements most relevant to the evolving needs of today’s car wash operators will roll out at a steady pace. Technical support will become more robust as Auto Pilot’s pool of on-call advisors continues to grow. And car wash operators will continue to have all the remarkable features of the Pilot family of products, backed by a company known for its car wash expertise and recognized by Dun and Bradstreet for its financial strength.

CARWASH COLLEGE ROAD SHOW

In June, Car Wash Services of the South East (CWSSE) celebrated its move into North Carolina by hosting a Car Wash Investor Seminar outlining the process for building a successful operation paying special attention to the Express Exterior model that’s sweeping the Southeast.

The CWSSE-sponsored lecture and discussion was conducted by CarWash College to help educate operators in the area. More than 30 individuals attended the event, which addressed a broad range of topics including financing and site selection. Guest speakers included representatives from Simonize, DRB, ICS, and local contractors and realtors.

AUTOBELL #56

Autobell Car Wash Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, has opened a wash at 3325 Cobb Parkway NW in Acworth, GA, the privately owned chain’s 56th location. Jason Torres is the store manager. The new wash is Autobell’s third in the Atlanta metro area — a Suwanee location opened in July 2008 and a Mableton store debuted in January 2009.

SUDSY’S DONATES $2,000

Sudsy’s Car Wash (www.SudsysCarWash.com) at 1870 South Church Street in Murfreesboro, TN celebrated its Grand Opening May 29 and 30. In addition to raising and donating $2,000 to Special Kids, the festivities included a Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; a live remote from Murfreesboro radio station WGNS; free balloons, stickers, and suckers for the kids; an appearance by Sudsy’s own Sudsy Duck mascot; and free car air fresheners for each vehicle. Kim Marrow of Murfreesboro won a random drawing for a year worth of free car washes.

Sudsy’s used the Grand Opening weekend to benefit Special Kids, a therapeutic rehabilitation and skilled nursing care facility in middle Tennessee. Since opening their doors in 1998, Special Kids has served more than 1,600 families from 11 different counties.

UVIEW ACQUIRES MOTORVAC

UView Ultraviolet Systems Inc. (www.uview.com), a manufacturer of service tools and products for the automotive repair industry headquartered in Mississauga, ON, Canada, has announced the acquisition of the assets of MotorVac Technologies, Inc.

Based in Santa Ana, CA, MotorVac (www.motorvac.com) is a supplier of professional automotive fluid maintenance equipment and service products that are distributed to over 60 countries. The company was founded in 1992 when it introduced the CarbonClean™ fuel-system cleaning machine and detergent-based solutions. It continued to expand its product line to service all vehicle fluids. Today the company holds 17 patents.

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