MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Hanna Car Wash Systems International, LLC has announced the appointment
of Kathleen Gardiner as director of marketing. Gardiner is responsible
for developing and implementing Hanna's marketing strategies. Gardiner
brings almost a decade of marketing experience to Hanna, having
worked many years for a full-service advertising agency and later
as marketing director for a chain of fast lubes. Most recently,
she managed all marketing efforts for Integrated Services Inc.,
a provider of computer systems to the car wash and fast lube industries.
Gardiner holds an MBA and received her Bachelor of Business Administration
from the University of Texas at Austin.
Trina Christiansen has been named marketing manager for Integrated
Services Inc. (ISI). Christiansen will create advertising and collateral
materials and oversee all planning/implementation of marketing strategies
and budgets. Her responsibilities also include planning and promotion
for trade shows and maintenance of the company web site. Christiansen
brings a wide variety of marketing and public relations skills to
ISI. Most recently, she worked in Business Development at DDB Worldwide's
Seattle office. Christiansen received her bachelor's degree in Business
Management from George Fox University.
NEW WASH WOWS VIRGINIA BEACH
A former Burger King restaurant on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach
is now a unique car wash. Coastal Waterworks opened in mid-June
to the delight of local customers longing for a full-service car
wash. Alan Bunch, creator and owner/operator of the new car wash,
expressed pride at how the building had turned out and delight at
how quickly customers were discovering its services.
Bunch opened the $1.6 million Coast-Guard-Station-themed car wash
just three months behind schedule. The 3,000-square-foot wash includes
a 60-foot tunnel featuring Hanna Car Wash equipment,
a 1,000-square-foot lobby/gift shop offering refreshments, auto
accessories and greeting cards, offices, and a 1,000-square-foot
detail shop complete with tiled floor and authentically reproduced
maritime windows and bay doors. The building also sports a tower
modeled on a station lighthouse.
A&M ACQUIRED BY BIOLAB
A&M Cleaning Products Inc, a manufacturer and distributor of
premium cleaning products has been acquired by BioLab Inc., a subsidiary
of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation. Terms of the transaction were
not disclosed. A&M has two product lines marketed under the
brand names "Greased Lightning" and "Orange Blast."
BioLab Inc., based in Lawrenceville, GA, is a provider of water
treatment products for industrial and recreational applications,
as well as specialty household consumer products.
SPLASH JEEP GIVEAWAY
Mark Curtis (left) and Chris Fisher of Splash flank Patty Benitez
and her husband, Ralph.
Out of a field of 62 key winners, Splash Car Wash of Connecticut
and New York presented Patty Benitez of Carmel, NY with a brand
new 2003 Jeep Wrangler in its 2003 Wash It and Win Contest. This
was the culmination of a four-week promotion that included all 15
of Splash's tunnels at 14 car wash locations. Each tunnel location
gave away four keys per week for four weeks or 60 keys. Two bonus
keys were given away on a local radio station for a total of 62
On Saturday, July 26, at the "Start Me up Party" held
at Splash's Wilton, CT location, each key winner was given a chance
to try his or her key in the ignition of the New Jeep Wrangler.
Patty Benitez, number 46 in the line of 62, placed her key in the
ignition, turned the key and to her surprise and amazement the engine
started, making her the winner in Splash's fourth Jeep Giveaway
in seven years.
READY FOR NEW $20 BILL
Holland, OH-based Hamilton Manufacturing Corporation has announced
that as of June
18, 2003, all production models XE and STA Validators include the
software to accept the new $20 bills scheduled for release this
fall. All XE Validators can be upgraded in the field simply with
a new EPROM available now for a nominal fee. All STA Validators
can be updated through Hamilton Manufacturing Corporation or any
of its factory-trained service representatives. Contact your local
Hamilton Distributor for further details or visit the company's
web site at www.hamiltonmfg.com.
DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK EXPANDS
Hanna Car Wash Systems has expanded its domestic and international
distributor network, adding 10 new distributor territories and four
new distributors so far this year.
The geographic increase in Hanna's territories is due to the addition
of four new distributors and the expansion of an existing distributor.
The new distributors are Intelligent Wash Systems (Colorado), Northwest
Pump (Southern California), AWT (Italy), and PDQ of the Rockies
(Utah, Idaho). Howco has expanded to include the territories of
Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Eastern Pennsylvania, and the
northeast tip of Virginia.
MACE 2Q RESULTS
Mace Security International Inc. (Nasdaq: MACE) has announced financial
results for the quarter ended June 30, 2003 and the first half of
2003. Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2003 were $12.3
million compared to $11.9 million for the same period of 2002, an
increase of approximately $450,000. The increase was due to an increase
in revenue by approximately $750,000 in the company's security products
segment. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in car
wash and detailing revenues in the second quarter of 2003 as a result,
according to the company, of continued weather-related volume declines
in its Texas, Florida and northeast regions. The volume-related
decline in car wash revenues was partially offset by an increase
in average wash and detail revenue per car from $13.96 in the second
quarter of 2002 to $14.98 in 2003, a 7.3 percent increase.
Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2003 were $24.9 million
as compared to $23.6 million for the first half of 2002, an increase
of $1.3 million, or 5.5 percent. The increase in revenues was due
to the operations of the company's security products segment where
revenues rose to $2.3 million from $400,000 in the first half of
2002. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in car wash
and detailing revenues.
SECOND PATENT FOR PDQ
Following its first patent for Virtual Treadle(r) technology, PDQ
Manufacturing Inc. has been awarded a second patent (Patent # US
6,551,415) identifying the unique control method that is used in
the Virtual Treadle system. The first patent identified the specific
devices and how they go together to perform the Virtual Treadle
function while the second patent broadens the scope to identify
the details of the methods used in the system. The Virtual Treadle
features a driver-friendly open wash bay without guide rails or
drive-on floor treadle. It safely accepts vehicles with any wheel
configurations including low-profile sport wheels, "dually"
pick-up trucks, and oversized SUV tires. The addition of the second
Virtual Treadle patent adds to the intellectual property that PDQ
has developed to aid the vehicle wash market.
JACK FLASH MAKES IT SIX
Jack Flash Rainbow Wash, headquartered in Mount Pleasant, SC, has
added a sixth Autec in-bay automatic. "They're writing the
book on success with stand-alone in-bay automatics and setting the
benchmark for car wash operators and investors across the country,"
commented Joey Stilley, Autec's national sales manager. Of the six
units installed, one location includes self-serve bays in addition
to the automatic. The Mount Pleasant location has two top-of-the-line
machines, side-by-side, while two additional locations (Ashley Phosphate
Rd. and Playground Rd. in the Charleston, SC area) feature Autec's
newest car wash system, the Evolution(tm) combination wash, allowing
consumers their choice of soft touch, touch free or a combination
PDQ AT NASCAR
PDQ Manufacturing and Washing Equipment Technologies hosted a hospitality
tent at the Watkins Glen NASCAR road race held in Watkins Glen,
NY August 10, 2003. Over 110 people enjoyed a day that included
pit tours, food, a personal visit with NASCAR Winston Cup driver
and PDQ spokesperson
Ward Burton, and finish-line grandstand seats. Around 70 customers
were in attendance, as well as Washing Equipment Technologies and
PDQ Manufacturing employees.
Burton posed for pictures with event attendees, signed autographs
and answered questions from the audience about everything from racing
to car washing. PDQ partnered with Burton in February of this year.
Burton, who drives the #22 Dodge Intrepid, promotes the company's
full line of vehicle wash systems.