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October 11, 2010
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Florida Plastics International (FPI), a visual merchandising supplier since 1965, has created a new corporate structure under the name Keyser Group to reflect the company's growth and extended capabilities.

Keyser Group now encompasses four separate business units, each specializing in unique merchandising solutions, including two that incorporate the car care industries: Keyser Visual, providing visual merchandising to the car care, restaurant and retail industries, and Keyser InterActive, which designs and manufactures a video game device for family-friendly businesses.

Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp), a Malaysian investment group, is pursuing plans to divest its shareholdings in Carlovers Carwash Ltd, a chain of self-serve carwashes spread throughout Australia.
BCorp has a 96.9 percent stake in Carlovers and it is a non-core company of the group. There are 25 self-serve and in-bay automatic locations for sale; the company is looking to raise cash for working capital purposes.

In November, Professional Carwashing & Detailing reported BCorp was struggling to regain control of the carwashing company after it went into voluntary administration in 2003.

A-OK Equipment & Supply Co., Inc., a supplier of automatic carwash equipment, says it has improved its Dyna Wash System carwash equipment.

The revamped system includes a new top sweeper spray bar and a new rear re-wash cycle that results in better cleaning coverage.

The Dyna Wash System uses an overlapping spraying system.

Autobell Car Wash, Inc., America’s third largest conveyor carwash chain, garnered two environmental awards this Earth Day.

At the Charlotte Business Journal’s inaugural Green Awards ceremony, the company won an award in the For-Profit Business category for companies that have done the most to drive environmental sustainability internally or among their vendors and clients.

Later in the day, Autobell was recognized at the Mecklenburg County (NC) Soil & Water Conservation District’s awards banquet as the “Conservation Business of the Year” for its strict water conservation policies, procedures and practices.

Prime Shine Car Wash, a chain of nine locations based in Modesto, CA, is launching a marketing campaign to raise awareness of how eco-friendly washing a car at a Prime Shine site (or any professional carwash, for that matter) is versus washing at home.

Prime Shine has been utilizing many water saving systems as a means of best practice since 1991. The campaign is being supported with the creation of a new website, www.savemoneysavetimesavewater.com, dedicated to this effort, as well as through the use of newspaper ads, radio spots and billboards located on local transit buses.

Steve Gaudreau, who up until April 1st served as president of CarWash CollegeTM for its first 21⁄2 years, has announced the launch of Steve Gaudreau & Associates, LLC (SGA).

SGA will provide consulting services focused primarily on site assessments for new carwash locations, site analyses for existing carwashes, and carwash management assessments.

Gaudreau, a 20-year carwash industry veteran, will also be a featured columnist in PC&D's New Investor Guide e-Magazine.



People

In its first move under new ownership, Superior Car Wash Systems has added Brett Gerring to its management team to help oversee the rollout of a new line of express carwash equipment.

Gerring is a third generation carwasher who brings 17 years of carwash experience to Superior. Most recently, Gerring was Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Sonny’s Enterprises, Inc. of Tamarac, FL.

Last year, Gerring was honored as 2007 Instructor of the Year at the Florida-based CarWash College, a program teaching modules of equipment maintenance and repair, as well as management.



In Association News

Steve Christie, the executive director of the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA), will be retiring this September.

The AOCA has formed a search committee to work toward finding a replacement.

Christie, who served as executive director for 16 years, will be missed by the AOCA board of directors. The board thanked Christie for his “unwavering dedication to the AOCA.”

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 NAPDR “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.

Georgia’s Coalition of Carwashes, the association group formed under the umbrella of the Southeast Car Wash Association, announced legislation SB 466, the bill removing carwashes from the list of outdoor water users statewide, has been signed by the state’s Governor. The association thanked its lobbyist, Terry Hobbs, for his work on getting the legislation passed and said that important information regarding carwash certification in Georgia is coming soon.

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