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October 11, 2010
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D&S Car Wash Equipment Company has appointed Rick Slott as vice president, national accounts. D&S is a manufacturer of automatic and self-serve carwash systems and ancillary equipment.

Slott will be responsible for developing and implementing a carwash equipment sales program for national and regional oil companies.

The company also announced that Larry Qualls, partner, will assume the additional responsibility of business development manager. Qualls has been a partner in D&S since 2004 and has 25 years of experience in the carwash industry.

CarWash College™ has named Brett Gerring as the recipient of its second annual “Instructor of the Year” award.

Gerring has been involved in the training of over 310 CarWash College students during the past two years, and his background also includes 11 years of operational and management experience in the carwash industry.

The Instructor of the Year award is named the Shawn R. Brown Award for Instructional Excellence, in honor of the of the college’s popular and inspirational technical instructor, who passed away in 2006.

U.S. Products, a manufacturer of cleaning equipment, has hired two new employees. Stephen Romero has been named Auto Industry Account Executive and will head the company’s automotive product line which markets products for the professional detailing and body shop industries. Brian Consolino will be the firm’s new Eastern Regional Sales Manager. He will work out of the U.S. Products headquarters in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) has made changes in senior management roles and responsibilities. Takao Oishi will succeed Norio Karashima as president and CEO of YTC. Oishi joined YTC in 2007 as executive vice president. He previously served as president of Yokohama Europe and lived in Dusseldorf, Germany.

YRC also announced that Tetsuya Mizoguchi will assume a change in position as director and managing corporate officer, general manager of research and development center.

In Other News
Warsaw Chemical Co., Inc. has launched an updated website. The new website includes a news section and a detailed product section.

Integrated Services, Inc. (ISI), a manufacturer of point-of-sale, management and tunnel control systems for the fast lube and carwash industries, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

By the end of 2007, ISI’s fast lube software products were in use in over 2,500 lube centers through the world.

Mr. Zippy’s Express Ice and Water House, an ice vending kiosk manufactured by Jim Coleman Company, has been approved by the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

The NAMA approval certifies that Mr. Zippy’s meets the federal guidelines for sanitary design and construction of food, beverage and water vending machines.

Washworld has added Express Wash Parts LLC to its distributor network, according to a company press release.

Express Wash Parts LLC, of Oklahoma City, sells to western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.

Chuck Salazar will oversee the distributorship. Express Wash Parts LLC will both sell and service the wash systems.

Eco Touch, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly car cleaning products, has nationally released a comprehensive line of “green” car care products.

Eco Touch did not say how its products would be made available or who they would be marketed to, but Harv’s Car Wash, a chain of environmentally friendly carwashes based in Sacramento, CA, and featured in PC&D’s February cover story, has expressed interest in using and selling the chemicals at their conveyor carwash locations.

The line includes waterless carwash, dash and trim protectant, a metal and chrome polish and a carpet/upholstery cleaner.

According to the company, the waterless carwash product uses an all-natural water-based formula with high concentrations of organic soaps and plant-based surfactants which break down surface grime.

Associations
The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey’s (CWONJ) February membership meeting was all green.

The meeting’s “Going Green” program included talks on VFD’s, solar panels, windmills, used oil, user-friendly chemicals and a presentation from Environmental Specialist Matt Klewin of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

About 50 people attended the meeting, which was held at the Crowne Plaza in Clark, NJ.

CWONJ President Mike Prudente said, “The topic was timely and provided our members with lots of great information they can bring back to their washes. Each speaker had something to offer on a topic we all need to address sooner than later.”

International Carwash Association President Neil Hitchcock of Oasis Development & Management in Ocean City, MD, also spoke at the meeting and encouraged participation in April’s Car Care World Expo being held in Orlando, FL.

New York owners of IBAs who were audited and issued a Notice of Determination asking them to pay back sales taxes on cash transactions may qualify for a refund from the state, according to Tom Hoffman, Jr., and the New York Car Wash Association (NYSCWA). Hoffman is one owner of the family-owned Hoffman Car Wash chain, with locations throughout upstate New York.

Owners had to have been audited within the last two years and had to have paid back sales taxes on cash transactions.

The New York State Legislature passed a law in 1997 exempting coin operated carwashes from collecting sales tax. According to the law signed, sales and use taxes were exempt in which the washing, waxing and vacuuming of a car was performed by equipment at self-serve washes and not assisted by the vendor or carwash employee.

In 2004, Hoffman Car Wash was audited and told that that law did not apply to their self serve IBA and were given a notice of determination in the amount of $108,097.88.

Hoffman took their case to the Division of Tax Appeals and won. In 2005, the New York State Car Wash Association, lobbied the state legislature to clarify the law to include IBAs.

In Aug. 2005, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website, former governor George E. Pataki, signed into law an amendment of the Tax Law pertaining to the sales and compensating use tax exemption on purchases of coin-operated carwashes.

Beginning Dec. 1, 2005, the exemption was clarified to include money spent on the washing, waxing and vacuuming of a vehicle when it is performed solely by automated and self-serve equipment and not the customer.

Hoffman Car Wash was audited again for the period of 2003 to 2005 and was told they owed another $100,000.

The matter is being considered by the Tax Tribunal now and once it has issued a decision the second audit will be canceled if Hoffman wins. If Hoffman does not win, they will owe the $100,000.

Carwashes can file for a refund within two years of an audit and if they are denied, they can appeal the denial within 90 days.

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