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Industry Watch - August 2012

August 01, 2012
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Industry Watch

Association News

• To date, The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) has raised $37,000 for The Children's Specialized Hospital and most recently raised $5,000 through its 12th Annual Golf Outing which was held on June 11, a press release reported.

The press release said the hospital is the country's largest pediatric rehabilitation facility.

The golf outing, which was held at the Olde York Country Club, was supported by attendees and vendors, including Beckerman, ICS, Stoner, ZEP, Micrologic, Prime Lube, Simoniz USA, Rosey’s Tank Cleaning, Northeast Carwasher, ZWash Systems, Olde Granddad, Panaram International, Beckerman, The Conte Family, DiMaria Construction, DRB Systems, Inc., Ecolab, ERC Wiping, Erie Brush, ICS, Kirikian, Kleen-Rite Corp., Lorco, Mang Insurance, Marlton Car Wash, Frank Millman Distributors, Tameric Car Wash Equipment, Tameric Realty, Washtech, and Wells Fargo.

“This event is all about the kids,” CWONJ President Al Villani stated in the press release. “Our event proceeds go to the hospital and all the great work they do for the kids and their families.” The CWONJ's next event will be a trip to Yankee Stadium on August 4.

• The Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA) has awarded $2,000 in scholarship money to Kayla Millerick and Aryion Petrelle, a press release reported.

The press release said both of the 2012 Kenneth M. Gustafson Sr. Scholarship Award recipients will receive $1,000 from the CCA to put towards their college endeavors. Since 2003, the CCA has awarded $20,000 in scholarship money.

CCA Scholarship Chairperson Paul Ferruolo stated in the press release, “This member benefit has had a significant impact for many young people who intend to further their education be it in a full- or part-time capacity. I feel like the CCA has really made an impact with this award."

The Kenneth M. Gustafson Sr. Scholarship Award is given to association members and their families. Recipients are chosen based on their high school standings, their community involvement, strength of character and their plan of study and goals for the future.

• The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA), of Richardson, TX, has appointed Scott Morrison to the board following the resignation of Rick Price.

Price resigned in order to serve as Governor of Rotary for the state of Texas. Morrison, who was unanimously approved by current board members, has "decades of experience" and has been an active member of the AOCA for years.

He recently chaired the AOCA's Convention Committee.

• Eighty members of the New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) gathered on June 5 for the annual trip to cheer on the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY, according to a press release.

The press release stated that the game ended with the Yankees beating the Tampa Bay Rays 7-0.

The Association used to go to Citi Field to cheer on the Mets, but decided it was time for a change.

Event Chairperson Mike Benmosche stated in the press release, “We were very lucky to snag a suite and afford our members and guests with the opportunity to see the Yankees play in this awesome stadium. It was really a great day of catching up with fellow operators and experiencing this venue.”

Sponsors of the trip included Simoniz USA, Micrologic, Mang Insurance and Northeast Carwasher magazine.

People News

• The Car Wash Superstore (CWS) of Byhalia, MS, has appointed Matt Nall as its new general manager, according to a press release.

Nall previously served as the Southwest regional sales manager for Lustra Professional Car Care Products. CWS Executive Vice President Kerry Sewell stated in the press release, “Matt is an exceptional talent and we are thrilled to have him join our team. We have an aggressive growth strategy planned over the next three years and we are fortunate to have such a high quality individual leading the charge.”

Nall will manage the sales, inventory procurement and production of the company's annual catalog. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Car Wash Superstore. We have a tremendous opportunity to continue to expand our presence as the premier supplier to the car wash industry," he stated in the press release.

Company News

Washworld Inc. of DePere, WI, has added ERMANG, Ltd of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to its European Distributor Network.

The operations will be managed by Elitsa Angelova. ERMANG has been serving the carwashing industry for 12 years and provides new construction and renovation services. The Plovdiv location will also service the surrounding countries of Turkey and Georgia as well as six others.

SONNY’S of Tamarac, FL, and Oasis Car Wash Systems, Inc. have announced that Oasis will take possession of the assets of the in-bay division of SONNY’S Enterprises, Inc., which is marketed under the BayWash brand.

“When we made the decision to dedicate all of our focus to supporting conveyorized carwash operators, the side of the industry where we have our roots, there was only one company we spoke with, and that was Oasis,” said Paul Fazio, CEO of SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory. “Having gotten to know the Wade brothers over my years in the industry I am very comfortable with this decision. Theirs is a company similar to ours in that they are family operated and understand the importance of customer satisfaction. Our companies share some distribution now and we will continue to grow those relationships to leverage the offerings of our companies to better service our client’s needs."

Oasis President Stephen Wade said, “Over the last few years we have been asked time and time again if we would consider a friction option with the same speed and reliability that we are known for. Through this Strategic Alliance with Sonny’s I am proud to announce that we now have that option. The BayWash line will fit perfectly with our other family of touch-free products like the Eclipse, Typhoon, and XP. Over the next few months we will work side by side with Sonny’s as we transition the BayWash line into our Midwest production facility.”