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October 11, 2010
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  • The Dade County Procurement office has awarded InterClean Equipment, representing Sonny’s Manufacturing, a $1.24 million contract to build four bus washing systems and associated water recycling equipment.

    InterClean is also completing a $2.6 million contract with Union Pacific Railroad for locomotive washes in Oregon, Illinois and two in California and is supplying train and bus washes to eastern European countries and South Korea.

  • A Jiffy Lube location on Route 64, built in 2000 and once operated by Heartland Automotive Services, has been sold for $1.4 million.

    The building has a carwash and about 2,500 square feet of space in the bays. It was purchased by Peru Plaza Partnership.

    The shop was built in 2000 and in 2002, Heartland Automotive Services, a large Jiffy Lube franchisee, took a lease. In 2004, Tenn Lube Investors purchases the property.

  • Calgary Co-Op, one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America, has opened a new grocery store, carwash, gas station and liquor store complex on the northwest side of the city.

    The new complex will include a double-bay carwash along with an 1,800 square-foot convenience store at the gas station part of the complex.


  • Cleaning Systems, Inc., appointed Jim McDermott as vice president of Sales & Marketing to head worldwide sales and marketing efforts for the Lustra™ Professional Car Care Products Division.

    McDermott went to CSI from Appleton Papers, Inc., where he handled similar distribution channels and growth opportunities.

    CSI manufactures professional cleaning and protection products for the transportation industry.

  • WashTec AG, the parent company of Mark VII, said Jürgen Lauer, member of the management board responsible for Finance, Administration and Supply Chain, will resign at his own request effective Dec. 31.

    Christian Bernert will succeed Lauer and serve as member of the management board beginning Jan. 1, the company stated. Bernert was most recently in charge of the integration of Mark VII, USA and served as CEO for North America.

    Lauer is expected to join the supervisory board of WashTec AG as a replacement for Robert A. Osterrieth, vice-chairman of supervisory board, who intends to resign as member of the supervisory board by the end of this year.

  • Vernon “Pee Wee” Rhodes, owner of Plaza Tire Service, was chosen recipient of the 2006 Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals Triumph award.

    The Triumph award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in business and marketing.

    Rhodes founded Plaza Tire Service with a small carwash in 1963 and has since expanded to 46 full service locations in four states and two Performance Quick Lubes, as well as maintaining a very successful wholesale operation.

    The Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals represent more than 80 members in the advertising and marketing fields in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

  • Scott Washnak’s honeymoon in Maui will be a little better after he was named Manager of the Year by Jiffy Lube International,

    Washnak, manager of the Westfield, IN, facility, was selected from among the 2,200 Jiffy Lube locations in the U.S. and Canada.

    A native of Roseville, MI, Washnak said he planned to use the $2,500 cash prize to help pay for his honeymoon in Maui.

  • “Keep Your Car Looking New for Pennies a Day” is a new DVD on how to obtain a beautiful, deep finish on a car and other detailing processes.

    The video features Gary Kouba of Perfect Auto Finish, who has attracted a following among car enthusiasts.

    The DVD shows how Kouba cleans and polishes a car, including the interior, and gives advice on getting the right service from professional detailers or how to do it yourself.

    Further details about the DVD, which sells for $24.95, are available at

  • Iwaki America, Inc., an international manufacturer of pumps, announced promotions and additions within its sales organization.

    Ziad Fakhoury is being elevated to the new position of director of OEM Sales and Christopher Collins is being promoted to the position of OEM support engineer.

    David Wathier is moving to the newly-created position of director of distributor sales and will be responsible for the company's team of regional sales managers.

    In support of Iwaki America's new products and new markets, Thomas Marcone will supervise Iwaki America's Marketing Services efforts and serve as a regional sales manager.

    The company also said John Miersma, executive vice president of the Walchem Group of Companies, will lead these moves as general manager of Iwaki America.

  • Tim Guderian, an automotive detailer, and his wife, Kellie, won a $200 million jackpot after purchasing Powerball tickets during a pit stop for soda.

    The couple bought the winning ticket Sept. 23 at a Kum & Go convenience store in Fort Dodge. The numbers were computer-picked and, according to the Iowa lottery, the odds of winning were about 140 million-to-1.

    Guderian, 36, served in the Marines during Operation Desert Storm. Kellie, 44, his wife of nearly seven years, is a sales associate at the Wal-Mart where the pair first met.

    The Guderians apparently chose to take the lump-sum payment, which amounts to $67.1 million after taxes.