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October 11, 2010
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Following a successful December meeting, the Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) have decided to focus on green technology at their next meeting in February.

The December meeting included a variety of topics like profit centers, express exteriors, maintenance and equipment, technology, immigration and chemicals.

“We wanted to create a really solid meeting that would reflect the issues facing operators today,” said Doug Karvelas, CWONJ president. “We were able to get experts from our membership to lead the discussions at each table and I think we were successful in providing a great meeting.”

Karvelas was honored for his three years of service as president and his years of service on the board and to the association. He was presented with a plaque by former CWONJ president and International Carwash Association board member Jeff Gheysens.

The group’s next meeting is titled, “Going Green” and will feature technology and steps operators can take to be more environmentally conscious at the wash.

Group Chairman Niels Due Jensen of Grundfos Pumps, Corp. was awarded the Equipment Design Award from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) for the company’s SmartFlo™ SQ and SQE pump systems.

The Equipment Design Award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the ground water industry.

NGWA is a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 14,000 U.S. and international ground water professionals.

Grundfos Pumps Corporation is a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps for residential, agricultural, environmental, commercial and industrial applications.

In Other News
Washworld, Inc., a manufacturer of touch-free in-bay automatic systems, has launched a new website,

In addition to an overview of the company and its products, the interactive site features a distributor locator section.

The new website also has an info center with downloadable photos and informational sheets on Washworld’s latest products for the carwash industry.

PECO Carwash Systems, a manufacturer of conveyorized tunnel equipment for the carwash industry, has appointed Autowash Solutions as its business development arm in the southwest United States region.

Anthony Antonis, president of Autowash, will direct sales, service and marketing programs for the area on behalf of PECO. Antonis has 20 years of carwash industry knowledge with strong emphasis in the tunnel segment. His experience encompasses tunnel wash operations, mechanical and electronic equipment specification and channel sales and service.