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March 08, 2011
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Contest for carwash operators is announced

Carwash equipment manufacturer Tommy’s Car Wash Systems and, the online carwash video magazine, have announced they are hosting a contest for “the best homemade carwash idea.”

Contestants can submit a user-generated video showcasing their idea and the video with the most votes will win a trip to Las Vegas for Car Care World Expo 2011.

“The carwash industry has been built by owners and operators that invented, engineered and tinkered. Most of the industry’s best innovations came, not from the R&D labs of equipment companies, but from operators determined to solve a problem,” a press release about the contest noted. “To celebrate that history of innovation, Tommy’s & is searching for the world’s best carwash idea.”

“Ryan Essenburg from Tommy’s called me with the idea and I thought it was a perfect fit for what is all about,” said Kyle Doyle, owner of

“We really wanted to celebrate the innovation and creativity that has always come from car-wash operators across the country,” said Doyle.

Ryan Essenburg, president of Tommy’s Car Wash Systems said, “I had thought about doing this contest on our own as an evolution of our “Best Ideas” Blog, but I thought it could be even better with a partner like Kyle and”

Carwash operators will be able to submit a simple homemade video about an idea that they have implemented at their carwash, the release said. Visitors to will then be able to vote on all of the videos. The video with the highest average rating on March 1, 2011, will receive a trip to Las Vegas courtesy of Tommy’s Car Wash Systems and carwashTV. com. All of the contest rules can be found at as well as the contest videos.

Workers host “Carwash for Justice” for union movement

At least 30 carwash workers who claim they were “locked out” by the owners of Marina Carwash gathered in Venice, CA, to wash cars and raise funds for their families as part of a CLEAN Carwash Campaign event.

The CLEAN Carwash Campaign encourages carwash workers to unionize.

The “Carwash for Justice” was held Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2318 Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, CA.

On the same day of the event, the CLEAN Carwash Campaign also announced its intention to file an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the owners of Marina Carwash for closing the business “to intimidate workers who are trying to organize.”

Dipu Haque, who owns Marina Car Wash, has been sued along with others related to the Sikder Group, for $6.6 million by California’s Attorney General after a state investigation revealed a “widespread pattern of worker exploitation,” unpaid wages and illegal business practices.

Carwash manufacturer partners with Italian company

PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of touch free carwash systems, has reached a marketing and distribution agreement with Autoequip Lavaggi S.p.A. of Vesime, Italy, a designer and builder of automobile and industrial carwashing systems since 1963.

The agreement allows Autoequip Lavaggi to market, distribute and service the complete family of PDQ touch free cleaning systems in the Italian market. Autoequip Lavaggi will also lend support to other distributors of the PDQ LaserJet product throughout Europe as a way to increase its quality of service and capabilities on the continent.

Trivest Partners buys Ryko carwash brand

Ryko Manufacturing, a manufacturer of friction and touch-free automatic and self-serve carwash systems, announced that Trivest Partners, a private investment firm focused on partnering with founder and family owned businesses in the United States and Canada, has made a substantial investment in and now owns the Ryko brand, as well as the assets and operations of the company.

Trivest has “a solid capital structure,” and “also a strong history of growing their portfolio of companies through superior customer service.”

Tom Carleton, CEO of Ryko, stated “Ryko emerges from this transaction as the largest carwash equipment and service provider in North America, with a clean balance sheet, and a solid capital partner. Throughout our 37 year history, we have focused on superior customer service, and on innovation in unattended carwash operations. This new investment is a refl ection of our commitment to grow our long term market position, technology and service offering.”

Truck wash featured on Discovery Channel

InterClean Equipment, a Michigan-based specialty vehicle wash equipment manufacturer, had its Lloydminster, Alberta, retail truck wash shown on the Canadian Discovery channel as part of a feature program.

The video, which includes footage of the Trans Canada Truck Wash, can be seen on the Discovery Channel website.

The Discovery truck wash program resulted in huge number of incoming sales calls for InterClean from all over of the world.

InterClean isn’t the only car care company to benefit from being featured on a cable television program. Recently, pet wash equipment from TMC Pet Vending was included in a Modern Marvels episode about coin-operated businesses.