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October 11, 2010
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William H. Smith was dubbed the 2005 Car Hobby's Person of the Year at the 11th annual Meguiar's Awards ceremony, which took place at Hollywood's historic Kodak Theatre, and featured a number of car enthusiast and detailers who've worked on cars for major motion pictures.

Meguiar's Awards are held in several countries around the world. The recipient is chosen by an independent panel of automotive journalists and serious car enthusiasts that evaluate the impact that each nominee has had on the industry.

The Automotive Oil Change Association's (AOCA) 2005 convention offered attendees a chance to interact with other industry professionals and learn how to build a better business through educational sessions and seminars.

A special forum discussed issues affecting the industry including the switch from standard GF-3 motor oils to advanced GF-4 oils, efforts to educate consumers about the need to change their oil every 3,000 miles, communicating with car manufacturers, and supporting The Right to Repair Act.

GinSan Michigan, the statewide carwash distribution division of GinSan Industries, Inc., has announced an agreement to be the exclusive distributor for VERwater Environmental.

VERwater Environmental, Salina, KS, is a provider of bio-reclamation systems for the carwash industry. GinSan Michigan provides wash equipment for parts of Michigan and Indiana. The business serves as an exclusive distributor for GinSan Industries, PDQ Vehicle Wash Systems, and MacNeil Wash Systems.

Ecolab Inc., a developer and marketer of cleaning, maintenance and repair products for various markets, announced that its Vehicle Care Division has launched a new web page designed to be more customer-focused and informative, and to help answer questions and solve problems quickly.

The site will incorporate flash technologies to highlight specific products and applications, and will also host information on revenue generating programs and marketing information for each of Vehicle Care's business segments and extra service programs.

AutoNetTV, an industry-exclusive channel for quick lube operations, has announced the creation of the Pro Channel network.

The television network began by providing car-care information geared toward customers, but now also offers new product information and tips for workers.


After a recent struggle with pneumonia, Oasis Car Wash Systems' founder Jerry Wade died on April 6 at St. Johns hospital in Joplin, MO.

Wade was born on May 21, 1928, and was the founder and president of Oasis Car Wash Systems until his retirement in 1990.

Jerry Wade is survived by his four sons, Stephen, Curtis, Mitchell and Troy, as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Royal Sheen, a manufacturer of vehicle wash products, announced that Doug Frano will become the company's new national sales manager.

Frano has a degree in chemistry and 25 years experience in managing product development, quality control, manufacturing, and technical service and was previously employed at Blue Coral.

Unitec Electronics, a manufacturer of carwash entry systems, promoted Tina Krpejs, who has worked at Unitec for nine years as a technical service supervisor, to the position of quality assurance technician.

Brandon Frank, an employee at Unitec since 2002, was recently promoted from service technician to technical service supervisor.

The Board of Directors of the Southeastern Carwash Association (SECWA) has selected Virginia Beach-based Organization Management Group, Inc. (OMG) to provide full management services for SECWA and Gail Phillips, senior vice president of OMG, will serve as executive director of SECWA.

DRB Systems, Inc., a maker of computer-based products for the car-care industry, has named Dane Vough director of its customer support department.

In his new position, Vough will oversee a team of over 40 support specialists dedicated to providing full-time assistance to DRB Systems users.