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September 12, 2011
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Murray Kennedy has resigned from his post as CEO of Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, according to the company's website.

A July 12 announcement said that Steve Jeffs, who has been serving as the company's vice president of sales for the past four years, has been named as the new president and CEO.

Kennedy, who said he is leaving his post to pursue other opportunities, will officially step down on September 2, 2011.

It was also announced that Rainer Springs has been named the new COO. Springs has been serving as a manager of WashTec's European organization.

Thorsten Krueger, spokesman for WashTec AG, said in the announcement, "Steve is the logical choice to run our U.S. organization. Murray has done a great job of managing the company for the past five years. Steve and Rainer will continue our successful strategy with a seamless transition."

Thomas A. Moretti, a renowned Packard car authority and restorer, passed away due to complications from lung cancer. Moretti began restoring old cars in 1960, and he restored his first Packard in 1974.

Starting in 1997, Moretti had five wins for Packard restorations in his class at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Tom's restorations and wins at Pebble Beach were featured in a cover story in Hemmings Classic Car magazine in February 2010. Moretti not only personally restored the Packards, but he toured and competed with them around the country winning every possible award including best of show.

Moretti is survived by his daughters Joette Doran and Suzette Roppel, grandchildren Jay and Sara, brother James Moretti and sisters Rita Kincess and Carol Gilio.

Company News

Washworld Inc. of DePere, WI, has added BlueMar of Sarasota, FL, to its distributor network.

BlueMar, which was established in 2002, will represent Washworld in the southern and central areas of Florida. It will not only represent the carwash market, but the convenience store one as well.

Ryko Manufacturing Company Inc. of Grimes, IA, has acquired the distribution company Hill & Foss. The acquisition will give Ryko direct sales and service support for customers in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

As part of the agreement, Jim Rennie, who served as sales manager for Hill & Foss, will now serve as the eastern regional sales manager. Tom Foss will also stay on as a consultant.

Steven L'Heureux, president and CEO of Ryko, stated, "Hill & Foss has been a key anchor in Ryko's distribution system for 35 years and we are very pleased to fold their expertise and well-earned recognition in the Southeast into an expanded direct sales and service effort for the region as a whole."

PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of DePere, WI, announced that Kubat Equipment will serve as its new distributor serving the Colorado and Wyoming markets.

Kubat, which is based in Denver, had been looking to expand its sales and services to the carwashing industry.

Craig Hoyer, president of Kubat, noted, "We understand customer service is the driving force to growing our business all of these years. We can service almost everything at a customer's site and we are often asked to start servicing the carwashes."