Auto Laundry News - July 2012

Industry Newsline



Larry Barnes is “hanging up his kilt” and retiring from Scotch Plaid Inc., a blender of car wash chemicals since 1953. After starting with the company as a high school part timer in the early ‘60s, Barnes went on to earn a Bachelor of Business degree from Oklahoma Christian College, worked with children in foster care, and eventually returned to Scotch Plaid full time in 1982. He has blended chemicals, helped develop purchasing and parts departments, and developed a national distributor network while directing marketing and advertising over the past 30 years.

Byhalia, MS-based The Car Wash Superstore (CWS) has announced the appointment of Matt Nall as general manager effective June 4, 2012. Nall has held numerous positions in the car wash industry in both sales and management capacities. Most recently, he served as the Southeast regional sales manager for Lustra Professional Car Care Products. Nall will manage all daily operations for CWS including sales, inventory procurement, and production of the Superstore’s annual catalog.


MacNeil Wash Systems kicked off its 30th anniversary celebrations during the recent Car Wash Show in Las Vegas. Over 200 people, including customers, distributors, staff, and media, attended the anniversary party at Gordon Biersch Brewery on May 8. “We are very thankful to all of the people who have contributed to MacNeil’s success over the years and we look forward to continuing these partnerships into the future,” stated Vince MacNeil, the company’s vice-president.

Dan and Vince MacNeil founded MacNeil Wash Systems in May 1982 as a car wash servicing business. Their design for the RG-440 conveyor was the first in what has become a long list of innovative car wash equipment designs. MacNeil has grown over the years to become a leading manufacturer of car wash equipment with a worldwide sales and distribution network.


More than 1,200 car wash owners and exhibitors attended the SCWA 2012 Convention & EXPO, held March 4-6 in Arlington, TX.

The event featured Dr. Bernard Weinstein, a nationally recognized economist, who discussed business trends anticipated for 2012 and how car wash owners can better position their business to take advantage of the trends.

SCWA president Shane Weiss of AstroMatic Car Wash in Alice, TX will continue as the association’s 2012-2013 president. The SCWA 2013 Convention & EXPO will be held February 17-19, 2013 in Arlington, TX. For more information visit


PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of De Pere, WI has launched an online training certification program. Officially known as the “PDQ University Certification Program,” it is designed to certify and standardize service technicians’ knowledge of all PDQ car wash product lines and accessories. As the technicians advance through the training courses, they will achieve more progressive certifications, starting with certified technician and moving to an advanced technician status.

As the company introduces new products to the market, a corresponding online training-certification course will be created. The online content is supplemented with factory and on-site training from the company’s technical service group. Recertification training will be required every two years to ensure consistent technician performance for years to come.


The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) filled an 80-person Party City Suite at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on June 5 for its annual trip to the ballpark to cheer on the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers were victorious over the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-0.

The association has traveled to nearby Citi Field for the last six years to watch the Mets play, but decided it was time to experience Yankee Stadium, according to Mike Benmosche, event chairperson.

In addition to a first-class party suite, the group enjoyed food and drink, and got to watch the game with a birds-eye view of the spectacular stadium in an open-air or air-conditioned setting.


The International Carwash Association® Wash Count™ program website launched recently, giving car wash operators access to a new tool for assessing business performance. Developed in partnership with Kent Marketing Services, Wash Count will provide participants with personalized, year-to-year comparisons of each of their car washes’ revenue, wash counts, and average prices, as well as a comparison with other car washes by type and regional market.

The Wash Count program is open exclusively to members of the ICA at no cost. Since the program’s introduction at The Car Wash Show™ 2012 last May, more than 50 companies representing more than 200 car wash locations have enrolled.

To see sample reports and sign up for the Wash Count program, visit


Grimes, IA-based Ryko Solutions Inc. has been awarded a distributorship to market the Turtle Wax professional brand of auto appearance products throughout the United States and Canada.

“This partnership significantly strengthens Turtle Wax’s distribution network while providing Ryko’s customers with a branded chemical offering. This is a win/win for both companies,” stated Denis John Healy, CEO of Turtle Wax.

Customers will now have the opportunity to select from Ryko’s proprietary line of chemicals or opt for an upgraded program that includes clear-coat products and polishes from Turtle Wax, a brand readily recognized and trusted by consumers for total finish shine and protection, explained Steven L’Heureux, Ryko’s CEO.


Mace Security International Inc. (Mace) completed the sale of a car wash located in Arlington, TX on February 29, 2012. The sales price was $2.1 million. The company netted $1.57 million in cash after closing costs and related mortgage debt.

With the sale, the company is one step closer to exiting the car wash business entirely. Mace now operates only two car washes, one of which is under an agreement of sale.

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