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Industry Watch - December 2013

November 25, 2013
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Happy birthday: Herm Deal turns 90

Herm Deal, the founder of Huron Valley Sales, of Belleville, MI, who brought such things as deicing systems, radiant floor heat and weep heating to the carwashing industry, and helped to identify applications for recycled water and reverse osmosis, recently tuned 90 years old and celebrated his birthday in Atlantic City on Oct. 8 during the Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC).

A cake was presented to Herm during the Opening Night reception, which was held at the Hard Rock Cafe and was sponsored by Innovative Control Systems (ICS).

According to Herm's son, Rob Deal, who is the vice president of Innovative Control Systems, Inc. (ICS), Herm was born on October 8th, 1923, in Georgia. Rob said that many stopped by his booth to wish him "happy birthday" during the NRCC.

Herm also was involved with the International Carwash Association® as a liaison with the auto manufacturers. He described it as one of his most challenging endeavors. "It is important that cars be designed so they can be easily washed and go through a wash without damage to the vehicle. The auto industry is much more willing to share future designs with the committee and this has led to a more successful communication within the two industries," he stated in a Professional Carwashing & Detailing article in 2001.

Married for 62 years, Herm and his wife Helen, who passed away last December, had eight children together and lived in Ann Arbor. During World War II, Helen worked at the bomber plant at Willow Run, the obituary stated, and it was there that she met Herm, who was there to train on the B-24.

Guy Goddard of Super Sonic Car Wash passes away

OGDEN, UT — Guy Wayne Goddard of Super Sonic Car Wash, who also served as the president of the International Carwash Association from 1999 to 2000, passed away on Oct. 6, 2013, at the age of 66.

According to his obituary, Guy and his "wife traveled with the Car Wash Enhancement group for many years and enjoyed the company of their friends."  efficacy

Guy and his brothers helped build the Super Sonic Car Wash chain, which was founded by their parents, Wayne and Marion, in 1959.

"Guy will always be remembered for his big and generous heart and kindness to others…you will be loved and missed by all who knew you," stated the obituary.

Company News

Lustra adds Sevco as distributor

DE PERE, WI — Lustra Professional Car Care Products has announced the addition of Sevco Car Wash Company, Inc. as a distributor of Lustra products in Texas and Louisiana markets, according to a press release.

“We are excited to bring Sevco onboard as our distributor for the Texarkana region of the car wash market,” Ryan Cook, assistant vice president of Lustra said in the release. “They bring over 17 years of experience as both operators and service providers for the in-bay and self-serve segments.”

Sevco provides a wide array of products to its customers in the Texas and Louisiana markets.

“Sevco is proud to be a Lustra distributor and we are looking forward to providing our customers with the finest car wash chemicals available in the industry.  In our opinion, Lustra manufactures the best detergents, conditioners and protectants that we could represent, Michael Varley, Sevco president said in the release.  We love the Lustra conventional and Ultraflex product lines and are looking forward to a strong relationship with Lustra for many years to come.” 

NRCC in review: Association president declares success; next year’s details revealed

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The 24th Annual Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), held here from October 7-9 at the Trump Taj Mahal, was the largest show in its history, hosting  more than 1,500 attendees and was able to help raise more than $14,3000 for Restore the Shore, an organization that raises money for Hurricane Sandy victims, a press release reported.

The Oct. 10 press release quoted Association President Al Villani, who stated, “We had 262 booths on this year’s show floor. This was the largest show floor in our history. And we also had more than 1,500 attendees who seemed very happy with our floor and educational track as all our meetings were very well attended.” decor

There was also a lot of positive buzz on the showroom floor regarding keynote speaker Bob Hurley, Sr. who coaches at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ. “Coach Hurley’s message was very significant to our attendees and right in line with our theme,” Villani stated. “He demonstrated to us that you can absolutely overcome adversity with the right attitude and a lot of hard work. He was exceptional.”

The Opening Night Event held on Oct. 8 at the Hard Rock Cafe and sponsored by Innovative Control Systems, featured a silent auction where the proceeds when to Restore the Shore.

"This year’s NRCC Most Distinguished Person Award was presented to College Park Carwash’s Dave DuGoff. DuGoff, who is the current president of the Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association, has been a significant member of the NRCC board. His outstanding dedication and willingness to go above and beyond earned him the accolade," stated the release. "The group’s highest honor, its Hall of Fame Award, was presented to former Car Wash Operators of New Jersey treasurer and board member, and one of the founding NRCC principals, Dick Zodikoff. Zodikoff, who was instrumental in the evolution of the NRCC, is now retired and made the trip from Florida to receive the well-deserved honor."

In the press release, NRCC committee members gave thanks to event sponsor Innovative Control Systems and raffle and silent auction participants Air Care Hero, Blendco Systems, Jobe Industries, MEI-MEI, National Ticket Company, Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine, Simoniz USA, Trump Taj Mahal and ZEP Vehicle Care.

“We were able to exceed our fundraising goal because we pulled together as an industry and really made a difference,” Villani stated in the press release. “It was a great show and one for the record books.”

The 2014 NRCC is slated for September 15-17 at the Trump Taj Mahal and will feature keynote speaker Robert H. “Bob” Benmosche, President and CEO of AIG.

Western Carwash Association recognizes carwash owners

LONG BEACH, CA — The owners of Bixby Knolls Car Wash were recognized by the Western Car Wash Association for their Outstanding Service to the Community at the Association’s annual convention.

According to a press release Shell and Sheldon Grossman have been in the carwash business for over 35 years and have contributed to various charitable organizations over that time.

The press release says that the Bixby Knolls Car Wash also participates in the Grace for Vets free carwash event held throughout the country every Veterans Day. 

Connecticut Car Wash Association holds annual golf tourney

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT — The Connecticut Car Wash Association held their 16th Annual Golf Classic on Sept. 24. In addition to the golf tournament awards were given out at the event.

Michael J. Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, was given the Citizen Champion of the Year award for his work raising awareness about the dangers and impact of magnesium chloride ice melting chemicals on roads and vehicles, according to a press release.  

Connecticut Representative Christopher Davis was honored as 2013 CCA Legislator of the Year for his consistent support of small and family-owned businesses, the press release said.

Sponsors of the event included ECP, Inc. Magic Minit Car Wash, Mighty Auto Parts, Mr./Mrs. Autowash, Mr. Sparkle and Mitchell Auto Group. 

81-year-old brings new debuts new detailing product at WCA show

Charlie Ottenheimer is the “new kid on the block” in the car care industry, and at the age of 81, he’s enthusiastically promoting his product at trade shows and hopingthe industry takes notice. Diamond Magic® is a product made of real diamonds. It’s a compound that is used for restoring headlights and it can also be used to clean rust, bumpers and wheels.

Ottenheimer debuted his product for the car care industry at the Western Carwash Association show in September and he said he couldn’t believe the response. “People were lining up to see  it,” he said. “How does a product with real diamonds in it work as a compound?” they wondered.

Ottenheimer, who lives in Hawaii with his wife Peggy, came across the idea when he realized there wasn’t any headlight restoration services on the island. “Here in Hawaii you either existed with a crack in your windshield or had the whole thing replaced. I then did some research …”

Seven years later, Ottenheimer came up with an invention using sub-micron diamond dust. “I am excited to enter into this industry. It was so nice meeting people at the carwash show. I am excited to show them my product.”