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October 11, 2010
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A bill to offer more affordable health insurance to thousands of carwash owners, operators, employees and their families was rejected on May 12.

The Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, S. 1955, was defeated in the Senate.

The proposal would have allowed smaller employers to band together across state lines to purchase more affordable health insurance through membership in a trade association.

“To say we are disappointed in this turn of events is an understatement,” ICA Executive Director Mark Thorsby said.

Circle K Stores Inc., a subsidiary of Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard, purchased 24 Louisiana stores from Moore Oil Company, LLC.

The 24 stores operated under the Stop-n-Save banner and half of the stores have drive-through carwashes.

The stores will convert to the Circle K banner.

Moore's fuel volume for 2005 was about 32 million gallons, generating about $60 million in gasoline sales on which a commission is paid to the dealers for their portion of the fuel sales.

Los Angeles-based Jiffy Lube stores were accused in a special report by NBC4 of charging customers for repairs that were never done on their vehicles.

After the special investigation aired on television, Jiffy Lube stores throughout Los Angeles closed their doors and retrained their employees.

Jiffy Lube is installing video cameras in 31 Los Angeles stores so customers can see repairs are being done. The company also terminated six employees that were caught on tape in the report.

Prime Shine Express Car Wash has released its first comic book in a nontraditional marketing tactic designed to appeal to families.

About 10,000 copies of “Adventures of Prime Shine Man: Attack of the Pesky Critters” were printed and nearly 4,000 have been sold, according to the article.

The books are on sale for $2, or $1 with a platinum carwash, and several thousand have been given away to area schools.

Prime Shine Man, the hero of the comic books, closely resembles Evan Porges, general manager of Prime Shine and son of Prime Shine founder Norm Porges, although the identity of the superhero will remain a secret.

BMW is hard at work on a car which owners will never have to wash.

The new matte finish paint will put an end to weekly trips to the local carwash and could rewrite the rules on styling and presentation.

BMW wants to be first to debut the paint, but has to overcome many problems, from applying the paint in factories to preserving it against everything from sap and tar to fingerprints.

Presently, BMW is testing everything from durability to protecting the paint without detracting from the matte finish.

Alliance Laundry Systems LLC has signed purchase agreements to acquire Laundry System Group NV's Commercial Laundry Division.

Commercial Laundry Division is headquartered in Wevelgem, Belgium, and the sale was conducted in euros, the monetary unit of the European Union.

Completion of the 59-million euro transaction is expected this fall.

Alliance Laundry is a leading North American manufacturer of commercial laundry products and provider of services for Laundromats and multi-housing and on-premise laundries.

D & S Car Wash Equipment Co., a provider of carwash systems and equipment, has created a new finance division.

The new department is designed to help professional carwash operators obtain financing for equipment upgrades and construction needs.

The new finance sector is headed by David Marsh, a 20-year veteran of banking, economics and carwashing.

ConocoPhillips Co., a lubricants supplier, is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Kendall Motor Oil brand.

Founded in 1881 in Bradford, PA, the Kendall Refining Co. relied on innovative manufacturing to produce passenger car and heavy-duty engine oils under what is known today as the Kendall Motor Oil brand.

“We are thrilled that the Kendall Motor Oil brand has reached such an incredible milestone,” Gary Balzhiser, manager, Commercial Lubricants, ConocoPhillips Co., said.

“Throughout its 125-year history, Kendall Motor Oil has successfully anticipated market needs, consistently meeting the demands of performance savvy customers,” Balzhiser added.


The Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA) presented scholarship awards and installed its new board at its 2006 annual meeting.

Jacqueline Pointer of Simoniz USA and Alexander Marconi of Torrington Car Wash were presented the Kenneth M. Gustafson Sr. Scholarship Awards of $1,000 each.

Julio Candiotti of Camp Avenue Car Wash was presented with the CCA's Carwasher of the Year award.

The association's 2006-2007 officer slate includes President Dan Petrelle of Splash, Vice President Anthony Setaro of Jet Spray Touchless, Treasurer Bob Rossini of Torrington Car Wash and Directors Mark DiTommaso of Autoshine Carwash Systems, Jeff McIntyre of Simoniz USA, Joe Tracy of Magic Minit, Jeff Lemire of Citadelnetworks and Noah Levine of Rapid Car Wash.

Retiring board member Denis Flynn of Branford Car Wash was presented a plaque denoting his years of service to the board.

The International Carwash Association (ICA) has appointed Fred O'Neill to its Board of Directors.

O'Neill is the owner of O'Neill Enterprises, Inc., Hungtington, CT, and a 25-year veteran of the retail carwash and petroleum industries.

A founding member and former president of the Connecticut Carwash Association, his term will run through December 2008.

Robert Bacon, who joined PDQ in February, has been named the company's Southeast Business Development Manager.

Based in Atlanta, Bacon will be responsible for helping PDQ distributors and owners in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

In his 18-year business career, Bacon had extensive experience in industrial equipment sales and investment firm ownership.

PDQ Manufacturing also named Rob Patterson its new business development manager for the southwestern United States.

Based in Houston, TX, Patterson is responsible for helping PDQ distributors serve customers throughout Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Patterson joined PDQ in mid-May.

Patterson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas State University, San Marcos, and owns and operates five carwashes that feature PDQ equipment.

Both men will be responsible for providing distributors and wash owners with expert assistance in assessing markets, evaluating potential sites, selecting the best equipment for their needs, developing their wash businesses, and maximizing their return on investment.