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Industry Watch October 2012

September 28, 2012
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  • Tommy Car Wash Systemsof Holland, MI, has hired Matt DeHaan to work in the Car Wash Optimization Support field, a press release reported.

The August 15 press release said DeHaan will help existing Tommy Wash owners stay up to date with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices to enhance and optimize their business.

"We're working especially hard to make sure new technology gets passed on to everyone not just new customers," DeHaan said in the press release. "This is the first step in a plan to rollout more service and training offerings for existing Tommy Wash owners in an effort to help them reach peak performance. Some of those services will include an equipment tune-up service, mobile app development, search engine optimization service, a management software application, and a five-day onsite coaching and optimization program."

DeHaan previously served as maintenance manager of Quality Car Wash, which is based in Holland, MI.

  • Diamond Shine Inc. of Wickliffe, OH, announced that Dave Tucker was hired as the company’s director of distributor development, according to a press release.

The June 4 release stated that Tucker’s role will be to focus on improving and expanding Diamond Shine’s global distributor network in an effort to market the company’s products to a broader customer base.

Tucker has over 20 years of experience in the vehicle wash industry, and he has conducted business on domestic and international levels. “I am truly excited at the opportunity to work with the team at Diamond Shine and to develop the kind of profitable distributor programs and service that the company’s distributors need and ultimately deserve,” Tucker said in the release. “Sales and marketing efforts depend on people and relationships, and Diamond Shine has the best of both in the entire vehicle wash industry.”

“We are thrilled to have Dave join our team,” Scott Soble, president of Diamond Shine, said in the release. “His industry expertise and deep service experience will allow him to immediately contribute to the exciting new products we have planned.”

  • MacNeil Wash Systems of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, has named Richard Castellow as its new senior project manager, according to a press release.

The Aug. 8 press release said Castellow, who previously served as MacNeil’s former vice president of sales, Western region, will manage the corporate accounts, special projects, distributor training and field support.

Anthony Antonis, vice president of sales & marketing said in the press release, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Richard into his new role. Richard has been instrumental in helping us develop and grow our sales team, and his many years of experience in the carwash industry, along with his extensive knowledge of MacNeil equipment, make him the ideal person to take on the challenges of this new position at MacNeil.”

MacNeil Wash Systems has also named Michael Antonis as the new vice president of sales for the Western region, according to a press release.

The August 6 press release said Antonis previously served for four years as the owner of a full-serve carwash in Southern California, as well as general manager of ANC Vehicle Wash Systems. Most recently, he was a regional sales manager at Innovative Control Systems (ICS).

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Michael to our sales team”, CEO Vince MacNeil said in the press release. “He will be a solid addition to MacNeil, and a great asset to our distributors and operators in the western region.”

Company News

  •  MacNeil Wash Systems has debuted a new website, www.macneilwash.com, which features a new layout, and a parts section which complements its catalog, a press release stated.

The August 2 press release quoted Vice President of Sales and Marketing Anthony Antonis, who said, “We are very excited about the new website. Our goal was to create a site that was dynamic, yet simple and easy-to-navigate for the new investor or current car wash operator.”

The website also features a blog page.

             MacNeil Wash Systems also announced they were awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,099,816 for their new In-Bay Express Wash Conversion system.

Vince MacNeil, CEO, MacNeil Wash Systems, stated that this new design is able to fit into existing wash bays and small properties. "This
technology gives our customer the best wash results in a limited space, and it's simple, safe and easy to maintain," he stated in a press release.

  • Ryko Solutions Inc. of Grimes, IA, completed a sale leaseback of its 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility here, according to a press release.

The August 1 press release stated that the move is part of Ryko's recapitalization plan and demonstrates its commitment to operations based in Iowa.

“Ryko is experiencing a record-setting year in sales across all of our lines of business," said CEO  Steven L’Heureux. "We executed this deal to free funds for a variety of growth initiatives. Ryko is aggressively investing in its national service organization, improving its manufacturing capacity, and delivering a return on invested capital to our owners."

Other than that it's a 20-year lease, no other details were revealed.

  • Ira Feinberg, CEO of Carwashworld.com of Belleville, NJ, and Stephen Howe, of Inventions Unlimited LLC, have invented a way to help owners in the laundering and preparation of their towels, a press release reported.

The July 26 press release said the El Humidor "electronically controls the moisture and temperature in a sealed box holding 5 dozen pre-treated, ready-to-use cleaning window or body towels. Towels are pre-injected automatically with window cleaner and a bactericide to prevent foul odor accumulation and minimize towel rotting, and remain moist for long periods of time before being put into use."

Feinberg and Howe have applied for a U.S. patent for the invention.

CALENDAR

OCTOBER

1-3

The 2012 Northeast Regional Carwash Convention

Location: Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, NJ

Contact: Julie Stanton, info@nrccshow.com

3-4

The AOCA Regional Show

Location: Skokie Banquet and Conference, Holiday Inn Chicago – North, 5300 W Touhy, Skokie, IL

Contact: LeeAnne Stump

For more information, visit www.aoca.org

7-10

2012 NACS Show

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Contact: National Association of Convenience Stores, show@nacsonline.com

8-12

CarWash College 201 Management

Location: Sonny's, 5605 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL

Contact: Brad Sorenson 866-492-7422  ext. 125, bsorenson@carwashcollege.com

For more information, visit: www.carwashcollege.com

15-19

CarWash College 202 Repair

Location: Sonny's, 5605 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL

Contact: Brad Sorenson 866-492-7422  ext. 125, bsorenson@carwashcollege.com

For more information, visit: www.carwashcollege.com

22-26

CarWash College Management 1

Location: Sonny's, 5605 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL

Contact: Brad Sorenson 866-492-7422  ext. 125, bsorenson@carwashcollege.com

For more information, visit: www.carwashcollege.com

30

The 2012 SEMA Show

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

For more information, visit: www.semashow.com

31

AOCA Membership Meeting & Complimentary Breakfast
Location: Monte Carlo Hotel, Las Vegas

Contact: LeeAnne Stump

For more information, visit www.aoca.org


NOVEMBER

5-7

CarWash College AutoPilot 3-day program

Location: Sonny's, 5605 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL

Contact: Brad Sorenson 866-492-7422  ext. 125, bsorenson@carwashcollege.com

For more information, visit: www.carwashcollege.com

14

Learn More Earn More Kleen-Rite Car Wash Training Expo

Location: Columbia, PA

Contact: 800-233-3373
For more information, visit: www.kleen-ritecorp.com

DECEMBER

7

CarWash College New Investor Seminar 101

Location: Sonny's, 5605 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL

Contact: Brad Sorenson 866-492-7422  ext. 125, bsorenson@carwashcollege.com

For more information, visit: www.carwashcollege.com

10-14

CarWash College Equipment Repair Certification Program 202

Location: Sonny's, 5605 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL

Contact: Brad Sorenson 866-492-7422  ext. 125, bsorenson@carwashcollege.com

For more information, visit: www.carwashcollege.com

2013

JANUARY

17-19

12th Annual International Mobile Tech Expo 2013

Location: Worldgate Resort Hotel and Convention Center, 3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee, FL

Contact: Kevin Halewood, mobileexpo@aol.com

If you know of an event that Professional Carwashing & Detailing should consider posting, please send complete event information to Pat Harrington at pharrington@cawash.com.