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January 31, 2012
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Waste glass water filtration a fit for carwashes

Researchers in Singapore have discovered a new way to use recycled glass to filter raw water and use it in carwashes.

Leading researcher Dr. Gurdev Singh said that this filtration could be ideal for applications where the water does not need to be so pure, and he cited carwashes recycling wash water as an example. Also, he noted that porous ceramic membranes made using the recycled glass are central to the new filtration process.

Singh was quoted as saying, "Another possible application is to collect rainwater on rooftops, run it over a battery of glass ceramic membranes in the storage tanks, and channel it to a tap for gardening."

Waste glass is usually dumped and melted at high temperatures, consuming a lot of energy and emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide and other toxic gasses.

Court approves bankruptcy plan for Danny's

A judge in Scottsdale, AZ, approved the reorganization plans for the carwashes, restaurants, gas stations and c-stores owned by Danny's Family Companies. The Chapter 11 plan created in August was given approval on Dec. 16 and the plan also includes the personal bankruptcy of Danny's founder and CEO, Daniel "Danny" Hendon.

Under the plan, Hendon will be allowed to keep his Paradise Valley home, but for five years he is required to hand over a monthly amount that was determined to be his disposable income.

Danny's has been a major employer in Arizona for over two decades, but the weak economy hurt its profits. Danny's restructuring has improved its profitability and long-term outlook.

"When this process began, we made a commitment to our employees, our creditors and our community that we would make every possible effort to weather the storm," Hendon said in a written statement. "We have had to make some very difficult decisions over the past year and a half to honor that commitment. I am especially proud that Danny's is able to pay our carwash vendors and suppliers 100 percent of what is owed to them."

Turtle Wax® revamps IL carwash

Turtle Wax® Car Wash announced the completion of an "extensive" remodeling effort at its Crystal Lake, IL, location.

A press release stated that the full-serve carwash, which also offers detailing services, has new state-of-the-art equipment, a new lobby area and Wi-Fi service.

"We're excited about the remodeling project, and we are confident that our guests will be pleased with our new look," said Jim Jarach, director of Turtle Wax® Car Wash. "Everything has been upgraded to enhance our services … We will be able to process our customer's vehicles in a more efficient manner, saving them time and money."

Turtle Wax® said it plans to revamp all of its Illinois locations in 2012.

Man drives through carwash wall

A car traveling at approximately 50 mph slammed through a carwash wall in Stayton, OR, on an early Saturday morning in Dec.

Michael Davis, 40, drove through an intersection then totaled his car crashing through the outside wall of the carwash building. Police Chief Rich Sebens said that Davis was arrested on an accusation of DUI, and his blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent.

Carwash uses garish colors to clash with city

A carwash owner in Fairview Heights, MO, has painted a vacant building in obnoxious colors to protest city regulations.

Steve Campo of Auto Spa Car Wash also owns the vacant building next door to his property. Campo wants to tear the old building down to expand his parking lot and use the space for a snow cone stand.

Campo applied for tax increment financing money to help pay for the project, then he received a long list of requirements that includes landscaping, an irrigation system and expensive fencing. Further, Campo alleges that projects by big corporations in the city are allowed to go forward without meeting these guidelines.

Mayor Gail Mitchell said Campo is not being picked on, and corporations do not receive special treatment. As for the colorful building, the mayor said that he actually likes the bright paint job. "It looks better than what it was!"

Police should get free carwashes, says city official

The Detroit city budget is in "crisis," and Councilwoman Joann Watson is suggesting that the carwashing budget gets axed altogether. Watson said to get rid of the carwashing contracts and instead wash the cars "in house," or have professional washes wash police cars for free as they often benefit from the police department's efforts.

Councilmember Andre Spivey countered that the carwash contracts are only worth $1 million over a three-year period and wouldn't be enough to help the budget.

And the biggest eNews story of 2011 was…

According to your votes, the biggest eNews story of 2011 was the one about Autobell opening its 63rd location in Virginia. The online poll, which was posted on the PC&D homepage, gave 10 stories to choose from. The other results were as follows:

  • 8.6% 'Bad tipper' charged with killing carwash worker
  • 2.9% Mr. Clean withdraws IL plans
  • 5.7% Major announcement from NASCAR Car Wash Co.
  • 0% Woman suing carwash for chemical burns
  • 0% New Auto Spa can wash 180 cars per hour
  • 8.6% CNN says detailing services increase car value
  • 40% Autobell's 63rd location opens in VA
  • 14.3% Thirty carwash workers unionize in CA
  • 2.9% Atlanta group kicks off carwash water campaign
  • 17.1% Report: Carwash industry to hit $27 billion by 2017

Last year, voters choose, "ICA realizes success with Watersavers™" as the biggest story.