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October 11, 2010
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The Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA) honored Rep. Sean Williams as its 2007 Legislator of the Year at the 18th Annual CCA Mini Expo.

Williams was chosen for his support for tax and regulatory relief for small businesses and his efforts to improve the state’s business climate.

Chuck Howard, president/CEO of Autobell Car Wash was profiled in The Charlotte Observer.

Howard runs the second largest chain of conveyor carwashes in the nation and emphasizes water conservation, recycling and the use of biodegradable chemicals at all of his 47 full-serve carwash sites.

Earlier this year, Howard was inducted into the International Carwash Association (ICA) Hall of Fame.

Howard also believes in giving back to his community. In 2006, he raised more than $500,000 through the chain’s Charity Car Wash Program to benefit nonprofit groups.

In Other News

Tesco, a British grocer and convenience store operator, will enter the Las Vegas c-tore market with a 14,000-sq.-ft. Fresh & Easy store that is already under construction and has plans to open as many as six sites this year.

Tesco is the world’s third-largest grocer and fifth-biggest retailer.

The company currently operates a plethora of carwashes with its convenience stores and groceries in Europe, although it has not formally announced any plans to operate carwashes in the United States.

Jerry Johnson, former veteran broadcaster, now CEO and president of Gas and Go Radio, has created free marketing for c-stores with TV and radio services at the pump. Service is free to the stores because it is funded by advertising to other area businesses.

The idea is picking up speed with other companies. Westinghouse Digital Electronics announced the national expansion of its PumpTop TV where the turnkey display systems will deliver news content and advertising to gas station consumers as they fuel their vehicles, the report said.

A recent study found 77 percent of respondents looked at or listened to GSTV while refueling at stations with the service, 89 percent intend to watch or listen to it on their next visit and brand recall was high, around 40 percent.

A recent scientific study conducted by Environmental Partners, Inc. and commissioned by Brown Bear Car Wash proves wastewater from charity and driveway carwashing is threatening fish and aquatic life in the Puget Sound region.

To determine the effects of charity and driveway carwashing, the environmental study group captured wastewater from a parking lot charity carwash to analyze its effects on fish.

The same study also used simulated carwash runoff in a laboratory to determine how driveway washing affects aquatic life.

Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said about 27 million Americans are still considered to be potential residential carwash polluters.

Operator Tips from the News

Get the government to help
Are you thinking about building a carwash in a small town? Maybe you could follow Ernie Phillips’s plan. Phillips wants his local government to help him build a carwash in Banff, Canada, where the residents are desperate for a carwash solution.

Phillips has suggested the town limit the number of carwashes allowed in town to one or consider leasing a carwash facility he wants to build in order to help manage the economic risk of the venture.

Many residents have complained they are forced to drive to the next town over to wash their car, prompting the local government to consider his proposal at a council meeting.

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