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October 11, 2010
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MacNeil Wash Systems, Barrie, Ontario, announced that it has recently passed a registration audit by Intertek Systems Certification and has obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Intertek Systems Certification is the quality management systems certification business unit of Intertek — a company that develops programs to ensure quality standards.

Denver-based, Grease Monkey, vehicle preventive maintenance provider, announced its sponsorship of Bandimere Speedway's "Thunder On The Mountain."

"Thunder On The Mountain" is an NHRA/Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 5 event. Over 600 NHRA class drivers, including Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars were featured at this annual event.

Kleen-Rite Corp., Columbia, PA, announced that its "Learn More Earn More" Informational Expo and Training Seminar Day will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2005.

The expo, which is in its second year, will include all-day training seminars hosted by industry experts, over 75 manufacturer booths on the expo floor, and a trolley car that provides a tour of the Kleen-Rite facility.

The Connecticut Carwash Association's (CCA) Annual Meeting & Carwash Tour was recently held at a restaurant at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

CCA President Tom Mathes and CCA past President Paul Ferruolo awarded two scholarships and the Carwasher of the Year Award, which went to Connecticut Car Care's Irineau "Ely" DeBarros.


D & S Car Wash Equipment Co., manufacturer of stainless carwash systems and equipment, announced that the company has relocated Bill Baker, district manager of the West Coast, to Northeast regional manager for the Northeastern sales division.

D & S has also named Kerry Bickerstaff as Southwest regional manager. Bickerstaff, who has seven years of previous carwashing experience, will oversee sales and marketing duties in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

District Managers Jeffrey Smith and Dale Hughson have also been named regional manager to the Southeast and the North regions, respectively.

Innovative Control Systems (ICS), Nazareth, PA, a supplier of business management solutions for the car-care industry, announced the addition of the Bradley S. Metcalf to focus on the company's sales in the self-serve market.

Metcalf brings with him more than 22 years of experience in the carwash industry, and previously served as the president of Monorail Car Wash Systems.

The Stamford, CT-based WashUSA committee, who coordinate the one-day carwashing fund-raiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America, announced that it has named Jesse Rodriguez, owner of Cool Water Auto Spa in Richardson, TX, as WashUSA's regional director for the southwest.

N/S Wash Systems, Inglewood, CA, designer of vehicle wash systems since 1961, has announced the appointment of Gary Avrech as the company's new advertising manager.

Avrech has over 28 years of experience in advertising, graphic design, and publishing and previously operated his own corporation, with both a graphic design division and an advertising marketing division, for over 17 years.

Rapido Rabbit, LLC, Beverly, MA, announced the appointment of Tom Batt to the position of vice president of technical services for the national express exterior carwash chain.

Batt is a second generation carwash professional with over 25 years experience in the industry and has been working with Rapido since October of 2003. He is responsible for the selection, installation, and maintenance of the equipment for the chain.