Industry Newsline - January 2009

Industry Newsline


Tony Costa recently joined Penray of Elk Grove Village, IL as the senior director of installed markets for the automotive division. In this position, Costa is responsible for growing Penray’s products in the installer marketplace. He previously spent 32 years in the sales and marketing department with Honeywell CPG, working with brands such as Fram, Autolite, Bendix and Prestone. Costa holds an associate’s degree in business management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.


Autobell Car Wash Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, was named Outstanding Philanthropic Organization by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Charlotte Chapter during the association’s 2008 National Philanthropy Day® awards. This award recognizes a corporation or organization whose programs, gifts, and charitable activities enrich the community and serve as a role model.

Activities for which Autobell was cited include its Charity Car Wash program, which has raised more than $2.5 million for non-profits since the program’s inception in 1998; its annual creek walk of Little Sugar Creek in Charlotte, in which on-the-clock Autobell employees gather to pick up debris and trash; as well as the company’s employee scholarship program, which has awarded more than 220 academic scholarships to date totaling more than six figures to deserving employees.

Since 2000, Autobell has earned 11 awards from municipal, utility, media, conservation, and non-profit organizations for its environmental and civic activities and impact.


Cleaning Systems, Inc. (CSI) of De Pere, WI, a formulator and manufacturer of chemical products for vehicle cleaning and protection, has been recertified to ISO 9001:2000, an internationally recognized standard for quality management systems. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has established the requirements that must be in place for certification. CSI first achieved certification in 2001.

This re-certification confirms CSI’s commitment to quality in customer service, design, and manufacturing. Certification to the standard is voluntary, and organizations must complete a rigorous auditing process by a third-party registrar. The certification was authorized by TÜV Rheinland®, a premier global provider of independent testing and certification services with 15 locations throughout North America.


Eugene, OR-based Delta Kits, a supplier of windshield repair products, will hold a windshield repair training and certification class at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater in Clearwater Beach, FL on January 18, 2009. This popular one day hands-on training course is available to all windshield repair technicians regardless of experience or current equipment preference.

Delta Kits is providing this intense training workshop in conjunction with the Mobile Tech Expo, which is being held January 16 and 17 at the Harborview Center in Clearwater. The cost to attend this training and certification class is only $300 including a catered lunch. All equipment and supplies are provided, and the class size is limited to a 1 to 5 instructor to technician ratio.

For more information contact Delta Kits at (800) 548-8332 or e-mail


Charlotte, NC-based Autobell Car Wash’s custom cartoon/coupon calendar won a Gold Award in the marketing/promotion/calendar category from the Association of Marketing & Communications Professionals’ (AMCP) annual MarCom Awards. The calendar has been produced since 2004.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals. The competition has grown to the largest of its kind in the world and is administered and judged by the AMCP.

The 2009 Autobell Cartoon/Coupon Calendar contains over $75 in Autobell coupons and is currently available for $6.95 at all of the chain’s 52 locations and at

In a separate statement, Autobell announced the opening of its 52nd location, its sixth in Wake County, at 8309 Falls of the Neuse Road in north Raleigh. Chip Weber is the store manager. “Metro Raleigh remains a strong market for us,” stated Chuck Howard, Autobell president and CEO. “We continue to look for opportunities to conveniently serve all areas of the county.”


Washworld Inc. of De Pere, WI recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in business. Washworld began manufacturing parts for aftermarket use and refurbishing used car wash equipment for use in Washworld-owned sites. The company soon began manufacturing entire systems and today its product lines are sold globally.

Washworld’s president, Pete Jensen, credits the company’s success to its commitment to being available for, and responsive to, the customer. “We are here to support our international network of distributors, but we never forget that it is the local car wash owner to whom we are primarily responsible,” he said.


Virgil Vance, founder of Van Brook of Lexington, passed away in Lexington, KY on October 29, 2008. He was 74 years old and is survived by his son, Randolph.

Vance was a veteran in the token business with over 45 years of experience. He founded Van Brook of Lexington in 1962. In 1991, he created CT high-security bi-metallic control tokens, followed by the addition of CTX electronic security tokens in 1993. These tokens revolutionized the vending, car wash, and other industries.

In 2006, Van Brook of Lexington became an operating division of Osborne Coinage Company of Cincinnati, OH. Established in 1835, it is the world’s largest private minting facility.

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