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October 11, 2010
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Chevron announced that it will forgive unamortized incentive balances, provide gas discounts to consumers, and repair/replace damaged signs at no cost as part of a new hurricane relief program.

The new program is named Chevron & Texaco Hurricane Area Recovery Effort (CARE) and will also feature waiving sign and Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) rental, as well as EPOS connectivity fees to select marketers and retailers hardest hit by recent hurricanes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas.

The Autobell Car Wash chain's Charity Car Wash Program increased its contribution to local charities by over 12 percent in the company's fiscal year 2004-2005.

The Charlotte-based carwash chain's program, which began in 1998, has raised over $1.58 million to date, including $387,000 for North Carolina and Virginia charities, schools and other nonprofits.

A new Sheetz convenience store hopes to build one of its new restaurant-style gas stations in Buffalo Township, which would include a carwash and 14 gas pumps.

The new store would feature touch-screen computers that will allow customers to order and pay for made-to-order food at the gas pumps. The chain owns a total of about 315 stores across the mid-Atlantic region.

The US Patent and Trademark office issued a patent to Simoniz USA, Inc. for their applicator pads used in the patented automatic tire dressing applicator, The Simoniz Tire Shiner.

United States Patent No. US 6,936,104 B2 was issued for an “applicator pad for use with an apparatus for applying a fluid to the tires of a vehicle.”

Oil giant BP will sell its chemicals business, including five Texas facilities, to British-based Ineos Group for $9 billion.

BP has been trying to spin off the unit, known as Innovene, a leader in ethylene, which is used to make plastics, among other products, since April 2004 and had an initial public stock offering planned for this year.

Mark VII Equipment, a supplier of touch-free and friction carwash systems, has announced the signing of Mark VII Technologies, LLC, as a distributor serving the eastern two-thirds of New York.

Mark VII Technologies will cover a territory extending from New York City to the Canadian border and westward to include Auburn, Ithaca and Elmira.

ExxonMobil has reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency concerning regulations under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA).

Actions taken by the company under the agreement are expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 53,000 tons per year of nitrogen oxide and sulfer dioxide at the company's seven US petroleum refineries.

The seven refineries, located in five states, represent approximately 11 percent of the total refining capacity in the US.


Pantron Automation, Inc., a manufacturer of photoelectric sensors for carwashing, has announced the promotion of a new carwash accounts manager.

Rachel Giambo will assume the role of Pantron's new manager of carwash accounts and will be handling all subsequent requests.

Giambo, a New Jersey native, joined the Pantron team in 2003 and currently resides in Gastonia, NC.

Quick lube provider North American Lubricants Co. (NAL) has announced the appointment of a reorganized executive team aiming for company growth.

Shane Terry has been appointed as NAL's new president, and has worked in the past as vice president of sales and marketing of C.L. Bryant, Inc., a Modesto, CA-based petroleum marketer.

Chuck O'Donnell, NAL's former president, has been promoted to the rank of vice-chairman of the firm, and will take responsibility for developing and improving the company's supply chain and manufacturer relationships.

Dick Godley, who has 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, has also joined the organization as a regional sales manager covering the southeastern United States.

Oasis Car Wash Systems has assigned David Eckhart to the role of information technologies manager for the company.

Ernie Noyce will also be joining Oasis as an engineering draftsman, and Teresa Farmer will be taking over the position of site plan draftsman.