Industry Newsline - September 2008

Industry Newsline

MOTIONS AND PROMOTIONS

Blendco Systems LLC of Bristol, PA has announced two additions to its team. Chris Seestedt has been appointed major accounts manager and Brent Anderson is the company’s northern Midwest regional manager.

Royal Oak, MI-based UCoat It® America LLC, a provider of commercial-grade epoxy floor coating systems, recently hired Tim Thornsberry as a business sales representative. Thornsberry previously served as call center manager for Decker Equipment in Rochester, MI and has more than 23 years of sales and management experience in automotive and school supply markets.

PATENT FOR CON-SERV

Con-Serv Manufacturing (www.Con Servwater.com), headquartered in Lakeland, FL, has announced that on June 24, 2008 it was granted a United States patent for a Waste Water Reclaim System (US Patent No. 7,390,419). A further continuation application and additional patent applications regarding other Con-Serv Manufacturing innovations are currently pending.

The patented wastewater reclaim system utilizes multiple filters that may be alternately backflushed to enable continuous filtering of wastewater. The nineteen patent claims also include methods for operating a wastewater reclaim system.

Con-Serv Manufacturing has retained Babcock IP, LLC to enforce its newly granted exclusionary rights and to further expand its intellectual property portfolio.

AUTOBELL #50 AND #51

Autobell Car Wash Inc. (www.auto bell.com), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, has opened its 50th location and first in Harrisburg, NC, at 12162 University City Boulevard (Highway 49). Jerome Hopper is the store manager. The wash is Autobell’s third Cabarrus County location, with two in Concord.

Autobell’s 51st location, its first in Georgia, opened shortly thereafter in Gwinnett County at 2130 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee. Company veterans Bryan Thompson and David Wood have been appointed district manager and store manager, respectively.

“We’ve been anticipating our first store in Georgia for some time now,” said Chuck Howard, president and CEO of Autobell, “and are very pleased with our new Suwanee location and the quality of employees we’ve recruited there. We are looking for other locations in the Atlanta metro area.”

NYSCWA HITS A HOME RUN

The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) made its third appearance at Shea Stadium on June 23. According to NYSCWA Vice President Paul Vallario of Westbury Personal Touch on Long Island, the event was the best attended to date, with 90 screaming car wash fans, and an overall great opportunity to touch base with fellow operators and vendors.

The event, spearheaded by NYSCWA Treasurer Mike Benmosche, has built momentum over the last three years. “The great program we put together that includes being in the Diamond View Corporate Suites with loads of food and drink, make this event a real draw,” he said.

The association’s next event is its Fall Membership Meeting, “Energy Savings at the Wash,” slated for September 23 in Rochester. For more information contact the association at (800) 287-6604 or visit www.nyscwa.com.

SELF-SERVE SOLD

Inland Real Estate Brokerage Inc. of Oak Brook, IL recently announced the sale of a self-serve car wash in Posen, IL for $460,000. The wash is located at 3040 W. 147th Street and has seven bays including two touchless automatic bays. The building, built in 1989, measures 3,061 square feet and sits on a 13,924-square-foot lot.

“This property is a long established neighborhood car wash with a loyal customer base,” said Scott Schiave one of the commercial Realtors involved in the transaction. “It makes an excellent investment for the new owner, Liberty Car Wash of Posen Inc., an experienced car wash operator. The planned upgrades will make it even more profitable in the future. It is in a great high-traffic location that has seen significant new commercial development over the past few years.”

Commercial growth in the area includes several new neighborhood retail centers, as well as a new Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, a new Walgreens and a new gas station/oil change center located directly across the street from the car wash. The current traffic count, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, is over 20,000 vehicles per day.

BROWN BEAR EARNS GOOD PRESS

Seattle, WA-based Brown Bear Car Washes’ (www.brownbear.com) “green philosophy” was the focus of a recent profile in the Puget Sound Business Journal. The 51-year-old company was lauded for its modern approach to environmental stewardship and incorporating that core philosophy into its day-to-day business practices and marketing efforts.

“In our region, there is a high level of awareness of how we all impact our environment, and Brown Bear is helping to tell one part of that story through our marketing efforts,” said Brown Bear founder Vic Odermat. “It’s part of our way of life — and good business, too.”

In recent years Brown Bear has launched its own Charity Car Wash Program that allows local charities and youth groups to raise funds by selling Brown Bear car wash tickets as an alternative to environmentally damaging parking-lot or driveway washing. The company has its own, environmentally focused “Kids Club,” where children can learn about the environment through a downloadable “Expedition Guidebook.”

The environmental focus is also the centerpiece of the company’s advertising campaign. Its “Wash Green. Cruise Clean.” trademarked message is currently used in a multi-media campaign, including transit, sports sponsorships, and on-site signage and collateral materials.

CLOISTER, RED CROSS TEAM, UP

Cloister Wash & Lube of Reading, PA has joined with the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross to help raise money to assist people affected by disasters in Berks County. On Saturday, July 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. anyone making a donation of $20 or more at the Cloister Wash and Lube, Route 724, Sinking Spring, PA received a coupon for a free #1, Cloister’s best inside/out car wash, valued at $27. All of the money donated went directly to local disaster relief. Local American Red Cross volunteers gratefully accepted additional monetary donations on site.

The donations received will enable the Berks County American Red Cross chapter to provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and other assistance to those in need. In 2007, the Berks County Chapter responded to 73 disaster incidents that affected 119 families.

OBITUARY: BILL RASMUSSEN

William R. (Bill) Rasmussen, founder and chairman of NuStar Inc., passed away at his home in Minnesota on July 29, 2008.

Bill Rasmussen started NuStar in the early ‘60s as a distributor/manufacturer of rollover automatic car wash equipment. He diversified the company through the acquisition of Power Pusher, a staple in the automotive service and industrial material handling industries, and ERGOtug, service equipment used in the healthcare industry.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy, and is survived by his wife, Joette, four sons — Charles, Steve, Tom, and John — and five daughters — Annie, Ellen, Kristin, Mary, and Bess.

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