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October 11, 2010
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Colorado Front Range Grease Monkey owners donated over 2,000 pounds of food to the Denver Rescue Mission, a group that aims to help homeless and low income families in the community, by holding a canned food drive.

Grease Monkey centers offered a discount of $1 off a full-service oil change and up to a $5 discount for each can of food donated by their customers.

Carwash equipment provider Royal Equipment and Supply Inc., Fort Wayne, IN, is planning to host a seminar on investing in the carwash industry for those interested in developing in the Indiana market.

The car-care company's seminar is designed for individuals with current businesses looking to diversify their holdings or individuals with capital looking to invest in their own business.

Fred Grauer, who has more than 40 years experience as a carwash owner and former International Carwash Association (ICA) president, will be the featured speaker for the seminar.

The Car Care Council Women's Board, Bethesda, MD, announced that Tomorrow's Technician magazine agreed to sponsor its 2005 scholarship program.

The program awards five scholarships to female students who are pursuing an education in automotive technology with plans to enter the automotive field upon graduation.

The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) announced that it will officially endorse the Car Care Council's "Be Car Care Aware" campaign.

The "Be Car Care Aware" campaign offers marketing and public awareness initiatives to help build understanding and knowledge to prepare consumers to make sensible decisions about their vehicles.

Carwash equipment supplier Ryko Manufacturing Company, Grimes, IA, announced the addition of Rittiner Equipment Company to its distributor family.

Rittiner Equipment Company, Harvey, LA, will sell and service the complete line of Ryko carwash equipment as part of the Ryko sales and service operation for the state of Louisiana.

The La Crosse Area Health Initiative, La Crosse, WI, will be working with two local car-care businesses on its smoke-free home and vehicle campaign.

The health education group has joined with the Ship Shape Car Wash and Zzip Lube, to educate customers about the benefits of smoke-free environments in homes and cars.

Truck wash OEM InterClean Equipment, Inc. has begun testing its new equipment under a contract with the United States Naval Surface Warfare Center.

The equipment, created for military and defense applications, consists of a containerized wash facility that can be quickly erected onsite, and was developed during the cleanup phase of the World Trade Center disaster in 2001.

The company reported that the first system will be shipped to the US Army base in Camp Pendleton, CA, for field testing.


Carwash OEM N/S Wash Systems, Inglewood, CA, has added three sales employees to extend its regional coverage of the United States.

W. Hershel Kilgore has joined N/S as eastern regional sales manger to recruit and manage the distributor network in the eastern region.

The company has also taken on Chuck Persekian as sales manager. Persekian will be based in Lake Forrest, CA, and will work closely with sales for auto dealerships, convenience stores and oil companies.

Wade Young will sell equipment through N/S distributor Wash Plus, Pompano Beach, FL. Young will work with existing operators and new investors in the southeastern US as well as the Caribbean.

Carwash supplier PDQ Manufacturing, De Pere, WI, announced that David Boyce has joined its outside sales team.

Boyce will fill the position of business development manager. He previously worked for PDQ distributor Nu Look Car Care, Inc.

Multiple car-care facility owner, Bernie Freedlander, from Framingham, MA, recently wrote a business book based on his years of experience.

Freedlander is the proprietor of six businesses, three of which are car-care facilities; The Clean Machine Car Wash, Solar Gas Station, and Shaggy's Self Serve Dog Wash and Quick Lube, the article said.

WashUSA, Stamford, CT, the one-day fund-raiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, announced that it named Jeff Gheysens as the organization's first regional director.

Gheysens' new role increases his involvement with WashUSA by serving as a direct liaison between operators in his region and the fund-raiser organizers.