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October 11, 2010
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Valvoline Instant Oil Change's "Hometown Hello" campaign in Niagara Falls, NY was completed and greeting cards were sent overseas to US troops.

Huge greeting cards signed by Valvoline customers, local residents and two Buffalo Bills players were sent to troops via a cargo plane from the Niagara Falls Air Base.

Monetary and other various donations were also airlifted overseas as part of the company's effort.

Car Wash Superstore, a wholesale carwash equipment supplier, recently moved to Byhalia, MS, from Collierville, TN.

The change occurred to accommodate the company's growth, which included an increase in employees as well as room for product distribution storage.

The new office and warehouse space was designed to be three times the size of the previous facilities, with room for possible expansions in the future.

Carwash equipment supplier Car Wash Tech-nologies, Cranberry, PA, has ranked 414 on Inc. magazine's 23rd annual Inc. 500 ranking list.

The magazine's list ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Car Wash Technologies had a four to five year average sales growth of 90.8 percent.

Pickups Plus, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, an Auto Preservation-owned retailer and national franchiser in vehicle preparation, environmental protection packages, detailing and reconditioning products signed a Master Distributor Agreement with Meyer Distributing.

The company's retail car-care product line will be sold in authorized warranty centers to their approximately 10,000 automotive retailer clients.

Meyer Distributing will promote and distribute products for Auto Preservation's Authorized Distributor and Processing Center program using its ValuGard Environmental Protection Products.

Car-care group Royal Buying Group, Inc., (RGB) Hindsdale, IL, announced that it has signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Sinclair Oil Corporation, Salt Lake City.

The agreement will allow RBG to provide convenience retailing services to all Sinclair branded channel partners in the form of marketing programs, rebate administration, and promotion management.



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Grease Monkey International held an award ceremony at Hilton Head Island, SC, to honor its top franchisees for outstanding performances in 2003.

The Grease Monkey Pursuit of Excellence Award was presented to Bill and Nancy Miller of Littleton, CO, and their center operators, Jason and Amber Theesfeld.

D & A Incorporated of Westminster, CO, and Enrique Cantú and Ovidio Cantú, of San Nicolás, Nuevo Le—n, México, were also recognized for their leadership, community involvement, outstanding customer service and an overall commitment to excellence.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change has announced two changes in its company’s managerial staff.

Kevin R. Mueller has been named the company’s regional manager and will be responsible for 60 corporate-owned service centers in Michigan and northwest Ohio.

Bryan K. Justice will fill Mueller’s previous position as VIOC manager of process improvement and learning, where he will be responsible for corporate and franchise training, employee development and process improvement.

Former professional baseball player and current carwash owner Lenny Dykstra recently expanded into the convenience store market in Corona, CA.

Dykstra, who's three carwashes are located in California under the name Lenny Dykstra's Car Wash Corp., was featured at the NACS Show 2004, held in October.

Jeremiah Trotter's presence at his South Jersey carwash has helped to increase business.

Trotter, currently a Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker, was a player on the Redskins when he and his partner, Victor Thomas, first opened the Trott's Spot wash facility in Cherry Hill, NJ, about a year and a half ago.

Business has risen 20 to 30 percent since Trotter has been back at the wash.