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October 11, 2010
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Wash pays workers $125K in sex harassment case
Glenview Car Wash Inc. owners will pay $125,000 to male employees who claimed they were sexually harassed by a male manager.

The sex discrimination lawsuit was filed in September by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of five employees who claimed their manager groped them, followed them into the restroom and offered them money for sex.

In addition to the monetary settlement, Glenview Car Wash is required to provide civil rights training to all employees and report any sex discrimination complaints to the EEOC.

Mace sells more carwashes, finally files Nasdaq report
Mace Security International, Inc., which owns carwashes as well as a line of personal and business security products, has filed its financial statements for 2005.

Mace had delayed release of the financial statements with permission of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq, the market where Mace shares are traded.

Mace reported 2005 revenues from the car and truck wash segment increased by about $2.3 million, or 5.7 percent.

Earlier, Mace announced it had sold an exterior-only New Jersey carwash for $1,025,000, and a full service wash in Norristown, PA, for $2 million.

At the completion of the Norristown transaction, Mace will have 34 remaining carwashes for sale in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Home Depot Fuel a growing threat; next stop Georgia
Home Depot plans to open its third Fuel c-store/gas station/carwash combination this fall in Acworth, Ga.

Dave Long, a Home Depot store manager trainee who oversaw the recent launch of Fuel in the Nashville market, said the company is sticking to its current plan to open 300 c-stores by 2010, adding $1.5 billion in sales a year.

Earlier reports said a Brentwood, TN, Fuel store was steadily busy.

“This place has become real popular,” landscaper David Johnson said. “I used to go to the Shell station down the street but now I come here. It's convenient.”

Toyota recalls SUVs over accelerator problems
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 367,500 Toyota and Lexus sport utility vehicles.

The SUV's were recalled because a piece in the front console area could come loose and interfere with the gas pedal.

Owners were expected to be notified of the recall in late July and dealers will install new clips on the console.

Nissan North America Inc. also said it would recall nearly 201,000 Altima and Sentra sedans from the 2003 model year to fix a faulty sensor that can cause the engine to shut down.

Brushes trap, critically injure carwash employee
A carwash worker was critically injured when she got tangled in a water hose and pulled into spinning brushes at Soapy’s Car Wash in Ocala, Fla.

A fellow employee saw the woman get pulled into the brush and hit the emergency stop button.

The Ocala Fire and Rescue crew needed almost 45 minutes to free the unidentified employee from the brush mechanism.

Accused carjacker gunned down at carwash
An accused carjacker was shot and killed at the Turbo Wash in Kansas City, Mo.

The carjacker was gunned down after he attempted to steal a pick-up truck from a man at the carwash.

The victim told police he was drying his truck when he was approached by a man holding a gun.

The truck owner also had a weapon and as the thief tried to drive away he shot the carjacker.

The shooter was taken into custody for questioning.

Ownership change at D&S made public
Although the change was made in early May and announced to staff and distributors the next day, a public statement about new ownership at D&S Car Wash Equipment Co., was not released until July 21.

Former partners John and Steve Tiapek sold their shares in the company to J.F. Foster and Brian Templeton of Supreme Carwash Systems in Marshfield, MO, and financial investor Steve Bander. Remaining as partners are Jon Jansky and Larry Qualls.

Other than the change in partners, there are no changes in the corporate structure, although there is a renewed dedication to enhancing current product lines and introducing innovative products for the 35-year-old company based in St.Louis.