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October 11, 2010
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D&S Car Wash Equipment Company has hired industry veteran David Whitaker as its Vice President, Business Development. D&S is a manufacturer and supplier of in-bay automatic and self-serve carwashes, as well as ancillary equipment.

In this newly created position, Whitaker will be responsible for the training and development of existing distributors, as well as the recruitment of new distributors in key markets.

Whitaker brings over 30 years of experience from the convenience, petroleum and carwash industries to D&S. Most recently, he worked for Cleaning Systems, Inc., a supplier of chemical cleaning products to the carwash industry, where he served as Business Development Manager.

Flitz International, a polish and buffing manufacturer, has hired Tim Meints as sales manager for the industrial, janitorial, fire and heavy duty truck markets and will work with more than 400.

Marie Wright and Duane Boutain have also joined the Flitz team and will work as part of the production facility staff.

Jiffy Lube awarded its Franchisee of the Year, STC Management LLC, owned by Bob Sanders, Dusty Shipley, Gene Tunelle and Chris Burns, at the 2008 Jiffy Lube International Convention & Trade Show.

Additional awards and categories included:
  • Highest vehicle counts for 2007: Tom Hoffman, Sr. and Tom Hoffman, Jr. with Hoffman Development took the third and second place awards, while Tom Ito, Jean Ito and Myles Tsukamoto with Hawaiian Jiffy Inc. were presented with the first place award.

  • The Presidential Recognition Award: Rex Ransom with Orman, LLC

  • The Harold Burney Award: Keith Mortensen with Lubricar, Inc.

  • The Arlene Karlson Heart and Soul Award: Marc Fanticola of MC LLC

  • East District Manager of the Year: Scott Lytton

  • West District Manager of the Year: Skip Agate

  • Category — People: Kirk Umphrey of Lube Management Corporation

  • Category — Customer Excellence: Joel LaMothe with AFML, Inc.

  • Category — Operations: Dave Griffin with Griffin Fast Lube, LLC

  • Category — Fleet Growth: Chad Weisbeck with Bronco Lube, LLC

  • Category — Facilities: Jeff and Wade Gordon with J&G Lubrication Company

In other news

Solidus Networks Inc., dba Pay By Touch, has shut down all of it biometric payment services. The biometric payment services allowed customers to pay for items, such as gasoline and c-store purchases, with a touch of their finger.
The company provided the payment services to hundreds of stores throughout the United States. It filed for bankruptcy three months ago, deciding to close services due to a lack of funding and current market conditions.

Splash Car Wash was inducted in the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame/Class of 2007 at a ceremony in Hartford, CT. Splash was recognized for its business accomplishments and its contributions to the communities it serves.
Mark Curtis, CEO, and partner Chris Fisher, both life long Greenwich, CT, residents began Splash in 1981 with a single location in that town. Over the past 27 years, the business has grown to 19 locations with more than 500 employees and washing over one million cars a year.

Harv’s Car Wash, a chain of four full-serve carwash locations based in Sacromento, CA, was one of 14 California businesses honored at the March 2008 ‘Green Entrepreneur Awards’ luncheon sponsored by SAFE-BIDCO, the State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation.

Assemblyman Dave Jones from Sacramento nominated Harv’s in recognition of the company’s eco-friendly business practices.

Harv’s received its green certification from the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) last summer and was the first carwash in the county to receive this designation. BERC-certified businesses must implement practices and polices geared toward water and energy conservation, pollution prevention, and solid waste reduction and recycling.

Midas Inc. has acquired 181 SpeeDee quick-lube and automotive maintenance shops under a $20.8 million deal.
SpeeDee shops, located throughout the United States and Mexico, made $78 million in sales in the U.S. last year.

Jiffy Lube, a national franchiser of fast lube operations, presented Lyn Hughes from the American Heart Association with a $1 million check benefiting the Go Red For Women™ movement at the Jiffy Lube International 2008 Convention and Trade Show.

More than 1,750 Jiffy Lube service centers participated in the Jiffy Lube Maintenance Partners for Life campaign, which raised awareness and funds for heart disease prevention. The two-month program ended in March.

Fitzgerald’s Restoration Products is celebrating its 30th anniversary as well as the grand opening of its headquarters with a day of food and prizes this month.

The event, to take place June 21, will include demonstrations of leather, vinyl and velour and windshield repair.

Fitzgerald’s is a supplier of supplier of vinyl, velour, plastic and leather refinishing equipment and supplies.

In Association News

The National Association for Professional Detailing and Reconditioning (NAPDR) is working toward being more environmentally-friendly and aware by forming the Environmental Compliance Council (ECC).

NAPDR Chairman Diana Bean said the association “recognizes the importance of fully participating in all matters dealing with the clean water act and also the compliance and enforcement of any law or regulations pertaining to this act.”

The ECC will team up with state, regional and local carwash associations, as well as the detailing industry, to work toward establishing eco-friendly initiatives.

Members of the ECC council include people associated with Eco Touch, LLC, Optimum Polymer Technologies, SharpShine Professional Automobile Detailing, Cleaning System Specialists Inc., WGR Southwest, and System One APS, Inc.