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October 11, 2010
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Mike Savignac has now officially succeeded Charlie Lieb as president of PDQ Manufacturing. Lieb will retire at the end of the year.

Savignac started his tenure at PDQ in 2001, when he was recruited for the executive vice president of operations position. Later in 2002, he was also called upon to concurrently lead PDQ’s Domestic Sales efforts.

Before joining PDQ, Savignac spent nearly two decades holding leadership roles in several divisions of Illinois Tool Works in sales, manufacturing and marketing. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from UW-Milwaukee.

Rick Altizer, formerly general manager, global operations of Jiffy Lube International (JLI), is now president of the organization.

Altizer replaced Luis Scoffone who will work for Shell as the vice president of Biofuels in Future Fuels and CO2.

Altizer, who has been with JLI since 2007, is now responsible for evolving the brand name and will oversee more than 2,100 locations. He formerly served as vice president of operations and training at Midas International and before that worked for the McDonald’s Corporation for 14 years.

Tim Clarey has been named director of sales, traditional aftermarket, for Champion Laboratories.

Clarey has been brought in to oversee the sales of the full line of Champ and PetroClear brands, as well as several private-label brands.

Champion Laboratories, Inc. is one of the world’s largest suppliers of filters, filtration products and related services to the automotive, retail, on-highway and off-highway fleet, heavy-duty and petroleum dispensing industries.

In Other News

U.S. Products has announced it is launching a line of auto detailing products and equipment.

The company, a manufacturer of professional carpet, floor, and restoration cleaning equipment, is looking for regional distributors to help market the detailing product line.

The new line will offer hot water extractors, ozone equipment, wet/dry vacuums and detailing tools.

Telco Sensors USA, a manufacturer of high performance infrared photoelectric sensors and light curtains based in Charlotte, NC, is now the exclusive distributor of SNT Ultrasonic sensors for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Founded more than 20 years ago and based in Switzerland, SNT Sensortechnik AG manufactures precision ultrasonic sensors used for measurement of distances, levels, and proximity.

Con-Serv Manufacturing, headquartered in Lakeland, FL, has been granted a United States patent for a Waste Water Reclaim System (US Patent No.:7,390,419). A further continuation application and other patent applications directed towards other Con-Serv Manufacturing innovations are currently pending.

The patented waste water reclaim system utilizes multiple filters that may be alternately backflushed to enable continuous filtering of waste water. The nineteen patent claims also include methods for operating a waste water reclaim system.

Inland Real Estate Brokerage, Inc. recently announced the sale of Liberty Car Wash, a self-serve business, in Posen, IL, for $460,000.

Liberty Car Wash has seven bays including two touchless automatic bays. The building, built in 1989, is 3,061 square feet and sits on 13,924 square feet of land.

Its purchaser, Liberty Car Wash of Posen, Inc., is an experienced carwash operator who plans upgrades to the site.

Reliant Business Management LLC has acquired the Splash Car Wash in Bradenton, FL, from Amerione Corp. for $3.08 million.

The approximately half-acre property includes a 7,659-square-foot retail building. It was constructed in 1989.

The seller acquired the property in 2002 for just $450,000.

Hi Speed Car Wash in South Bend, IN, is closed after 62 years in business.

The carwash, known for having the largest vacuum in the area, shut down on July 5.

Shur-Kleen Car Wash, an 8-location chain based in Lakewood, WA, announced its commitment to the environment at a July 12 celebration that also celebrated the company’s 10-year anniversary.

As part of the chain’s green commitment, at least two of the company’s locations will only use a line of earth-friendly products called EnviroEdge by Zep. Shur-Kleen will also recycle and use recycled products when available and will continue to research ways to create less waste and be more energy efficient.

Association News

The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) hit the field at Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, for an event on June 23 that brought in 90 screaming carwash fans. This was the association’s third appearance at the stadium.

NYSCWA Vice President Paul Vallario of Westbury Personal Touch on Long Island said the event is held to bring together operators and vendors. “You could not have asked for a better day. The turnout was high, the weather was finally good and the chance to catch up with the other operators is priceless,” he said in the press release.

The Association’s next event will be the Fall Membership Meeting being held in Rochester, NY, on September 23. The event is being called, “Energy Savings at the Wash.”