MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS
Jon Dunham has been named as Dosatron International's Midwest regional
sales manager. Dunham has many years of experience as a district
manager, regional manager, and sales manager with technical and
industrial products sold to end users through authorized distributors.
Based in Lee's Summit, MO, his territory includes Iowa, Minnesota,
Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Akron, OH-based DRB Systems Inc.
has appointed Rich Hays as Midwest region sales representative.
Prior to joining DRB, Hays served in sales, sales management, and
general management positions in the steel industry.
PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of De Pere, WI has announced the promotion
of Rob Lewis to sales manager, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Lewis
has been with PDQ since 2000. Lewis is a graduate of Ohio University
in Athens, OH. He also has a Masters degree in International Management
from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management
in Phoenix, AZ.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change has promoted Lester D. Fry to vice
president, business planning and development. Fry was appointed
last fall to region manager for VIOC in Minneapolis, and has been
with Valvoline since 1995. Fry will be responsible for acquisitions,
development, construction, real estate, and fleet sales. He will
be based at the company's Lexington headquarters.
The company also announced the promotion of Tom Beggs to region
manager for Region One. Beggs, who will be based in Minneapolis,
MN, has nearly 20 years of experience in the retail customer service
industry. Also announced was the appointment of Mark McDowell as
regional marketing manager for Region Three. McDowell has 15 years
of customer-service-based experience.
Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash Inc. recently awarded 27
employees its 2004 Academic Scholarships, which can be used at the
college or university of their choice. The Autobell Scholarship
is an annual program open to current Autobell employees of at least
one year's standing. Employees who are graduating high school, or
who 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 had entered
its 20th North Carolina municipality, opening in Huntersville at
411 Gilead Road, across from the US Post Office. Justin Buford will
manage this new unit. Autobell now has 39 car washes in 20 North
Carolina and four Virginia cities.
WASHUSA IN ALL 50 STATES
"Car washing has been very good to me. It's time to give something
back," said Ray Mering of Jet Stream Car Wash in Jamestown,
ND, explaining his decision to participate in WashUSA, the one-day
fundraiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r). Mering represented
the last state to join in the effort.
Deer Lodge, MT-operator Marilee Morse joined the effort only hours
before. "We are very happy to support the work of the WashUSA
committee," said Morse. "I am also thrilled to be the
first wash in the state of Montana to do so. I wish everyone a lot
of luck and good weather on September 18."
Thanks to the support of Westside Car Wash operator John Sjogren
in Rawlins, WY, and Kevin Johnson of Dutch Boy Car Wash in Watertown,
SD, all 50 states in the Union are now on board.
To date, more than 750 washes have signed up for WashUSA 2004, which
last year raised $232,760 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) in cash
and in-kind donations. The Heartland Carwash Association (HCA) also
recently added its support of WashUSA through its first Golf Outing
two days prior to
the September 18 fundraiser. The golf event begins with registration
at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Golf Course in Des Moines, IA.
For more information or to sign up for WashUSA, log onto www.washesforwishes.org.
DIAMOND SHINE EXPANDS
Cleveland, OH-based Diamond Shine Car Wash Solutions has purchased
a 106,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in
Wickliffe, OH, twelve miles east of downtown Cleveland.
Diamond Shine formulates and manufactures specialty chemical products
and application equipment for all types of commercial car wash operations,
with distribution across the US and abroad. The company has experienced
significant growth in recent years, prompting the need to relocate
to a new facility.
"Our present facility has served us well for many years, but
our consistent growth and anticipated future expansion has created
a need for a larger facility," explained the company's president,
Scott Soble. "This move will enable us to maintain efficient
production and continued customer service satisfaction."
Diamond Shine is currently outfitting the Wickliffe facility, and
anticipates completing the transition to the new location by fall.
PDQ'S TOP DISTRIBUTOR
PDQ Manufacturing of De Pere, WI has named Washing Equipment Technologies
as their "Distributor of the Year."
Washing Equipment Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, NY
with main warehouses in Rochester and Pittsburgh, PA. The company
also has satellite offices throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
and West Virginia, and a fleet of "mobile warehouse" trucks.
The Summit Equity Group, controlled by John Tlapek, acquired High
Ridge, MO-based D&S Carwash Equipment Company (previously known
as D&S Manufacturing Company) this past July from Larry Scheiter,
who co-founded the company 32 years ago. The terms of the purchase
were not disclosed.
D&S is the first of multiple acquisitions Tlapek is contemplating
in the St. Louis market, all said to be in involved with manufacturing
CITGO GF-4 READY
CITGO has announced that its SUPERGARD SAE 5W-20 and 5W-30 are
ready for GF-4 requirements. These motor oils met the new ILSAC
GF-4 specification effective July 31, 2004, the first API license
date for the new specification.
The re-engineered SUPERGARD 5W-20 and 5W-30 motor oils are test-proven
to exceed the requirements for GF-4 and 2005 model warranties. The
more robust formulation provides significant improvements, especially
in fuel economy benefits and extended high-temperature performance.
For more information, visit www.citgo.com
on the web.
HYDROSPRAY'S NEW HQ
During spring 2004, HydroSpray moved into its new multi-story corporate
office building of over 12,000 square feet at 4887 Sawmill Road
in Columbus OH. At the same location, visitors can view the company's
washes and many ancillary products in a full operating retail environment.
This accomplished one of the top goals of Ernie Malas, HydroSpray's
president. He wanted to showcase a HydroSpray wash, giving visitors
a practical hands-on experience. In the first three months, potential
investors from 15 states have visited HydroSpray's new headquarters.
AOCA OFFERS PRIVATE TRAINING
The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) has announced that
it is offering private manager training courses. With an enrollment
of 10 or more, professional technicians don't have to leave town
to attend a course. AOCA will bring the training materials and trainer
to the facility and conduct a private course exclusively for its
"Our manager training programs are really gaining in popularity
because of the quality of our instructors, the comprehensiveness
of our materials, and the convenience of not having to travel far
from home to attend," said Steve Christie, the AOCA executive
Courses have already been conducted in Toronto, Tampa, San Antonio,
and Minneapolis. Upcoming courses will be conducted in Denver, CO,
Sept.14-15; Columbus OH, Oct. 19-20; and Santa Ana, CA, Nov. 9-10.
ConocoPhillips Company has announced that it will upgrade selected
conventional motor oils to synthetic blends, beginning immediately
with its 5W-20 and 5W-30 mainline conventional oils. The product
upgrade affects all four of ConocoPhillips' "family of brands,"
including Kendall, Phillips 66, 76, and Conoco motor oil brands.
The initiative began as the company commenced reformulating its
products to meet the latest ILSAC GF-4 specification. "GF-4
opened the door for us," said Scott McQueen, director of automotive
products for ConocoPhillips Lubricants. "We leveraged this
opportunity to evolve our motor oils and
introduce a better, synthetic blend product that not only provides
the best value in the marketplace, but also affords tremendous advantages
to our marketers, installers and consumers."
ConocoPhillips will enable the installer to offer a better value
by providing synthetic blend quality oils at conventional motor
oil prices. Extending that value to their customers can help installers
increase their car counts.
SPRAYLESS SCRATCH REMOVAL
Arlington, TX-based MARS (Miracle Appearance Reconditioning Specialists)
International, Inc. has announces its acquisition of the rights
to exclusively manufacture, market, and distribute the Sprayless
Scratch Removal (SSR) System to MARS operators nationwide.
The patent-pending SSR System was invented by and is owned by Magic
Auto Touch Inc. of Colleyville, TX. MARS will market and sell the
system under the name "Miracle Paint Repair." The system
is being sold globally by Magic Auto Touch Inc, but MARS is the
only national franchise operation with the system.
ERC'S NEW WEB SITE
ERC Wiping Products Inc., a supplier of towels to the car wash
industry, launched its new revised web site at www.ercwipe.com.
The updated site now offers online ordering to existing customers,
updated color choices for towels, and more information about the
various products available to the car wash industry, including microfiber
BIG FINISH NASCAR PROGRAM STARTS
Solution 1 has announced the start of the Big Finish Customer Loyalty
Rewards Program. With this program, car wash customers can earn
points that can be redeemed for NASCAR-licensed merchandise when
they wash their cars at a professional car wash that uses Big Finish(tm),
the officially- licensed professional car wash products of NASCAR.(r)
Big Finish has teamed up with EZ Rewards, a premier loyalty program
provider, to offer car wash operators a program that will drive
NASCAR customers to their location, increase revenue, and capture
valuable customer data.
Data show that there are now 75 million NASCAR fans, and they are
loyal to the NASCAR name and brands that carry the NASCAR logo.
In NASCAR you have loyalty not only to the driver, but also to the
companies that make the sport work. Big Finish can help car wash
operators tap into this extreme NASCAR loyalty with its rewards
Earned reward points can be redeemed at the Big Finish web site
(www.bigfinish.us). Car wash
customers can activate their cards at this site, check, and redeem
points. They can also check for participating car wash locations.
To promote this program, Big Finish plans to advertise this rewards
program and the car washes that are participating, directly to the
NASCAR fans. For more information, call Solution 1 at (800) 354-2633
or visit www.solution1.us
or www.bigfinish.us on the