News from the Industry
• The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey's (CWONJ) 14th Annual Carwash Tour made stops at four different carwashes in Pennsylvania. Fifty people participated in the tour that started out in Clark, NJ, on April 24, and then traveled to Bethlehem, PA, and ended in the Poconos.
"The tour included a lot of innovation and thinking out of the box," CWONJ President Al Villani stated in a press release. "It was a great day to learn and hopefully take a closer look at your own operation as a result."
The first three visits were to Shammy Shine carwashes which are all owned by Craig Stem. A lunch was then had at Widow's Tavern in Stockertown, PA, which was sponsored by Innovative Control Systems (ICS). The tour then moved onto the Sparkle Car Wash in the Poconos, which is owned by Kevin Detrick.
• The Connecticut Carwash Association's (CCA) March 28 Mini-expo drew nearly 90 attendees and featured 25 exhibitors.
The event, which is the longest running tabletop expo on the East Coast, featured a briefing from Lobbyist P.J. Cimini of Capitol Strategies Group in Hartford about the unionization efforts taking place in neighboring New York State. The Expo took place at the Marriott Courtyard in Cromwell, CT.
Another draw was an update by CCA President Todd Whitehouse on the association's Kenneth M. Gustafson, Sr. Scholarship Award, a new member benefit through the ICA's WaterSavers program.
"My thanks go out to all the vendors and operators who support our association by coming out to the Mini Expo," Whitehouse said in the release. "It's a great CCA tradition and opportunity to see what is new out there while catching up with fellow operators."
In addition to the educational opportunities, the CCA also had raffles for an iPad, a 32-inch television and trips to the Northeast Regional Carwash Convention.
• Unitec, of Elkridge, MD, announced in a press release that Michael White has been named its new Director of Strategic Partnering and Business Development.
The April 12 press release said White will be responsible for business and program development initiatives and will work with sales representatives representing the U.S. and Canada.
"I was interested in working for a company that wants to grow," White said in the press release. "There is nothing I want to do more than build teams and help an organization move forward in a way that is focused on building closer relationships with customers and enhancing an already dynamic product line. Unitec's direction aligns with my personal philosophies on building, selling and supporting products. It is the right place for me to be."
White previously served as Director of Sales for the estate planning and life insurance firm Arthur J. Gallagher Inc. He also worked for Verifone Inc., as the Northeast Regional Sales Manager and then as the National Sales Manager.
• BayWatch Enterprises, LLC, of Denver, which provides innovative doors and monitoring systems for carwashes, has named Sandy Bass as its President.
Bass started out in the petroleum industry, and worked for Texaco for eight years. He then went on to work for Boulder Capital Leasing Co., a petroleum finance company, as a sales manager; and then worked for Gilbarco Veeder---Root, a petroleum dispenser and tank monitoring manufacturer, as a district sales manager. Most recently, Bass worked Mark VII as the vice president of sales and then went to work for Ecolab as a corporate account manager.
"One of my passions is to help run a business, from running stores at Texaco to running the direct territories for Mark VII. Baywatch has the finest products in the industry and I am honored to be part of the team that will take this business to the next level," Bass said in a statement to the press.
Tom Townsend, founder and CEO of BayWatch Enterprises, also said in a statement, "Sandy brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in our industry to our organization as we continue to expand our services and capabilities, and he has a proven reputation."
• DuBois Chemicals of Sharonville, OH, which is the parent company of Blendco Systems, announced in a press release it has acquired the specialty chemicals company Galaxy Associates, which is based in Cincinnati.
An April 13 press release stated that Galaxy, which was founded in 2002, is both geographically close to DuBois and also offers similar products.
DuBois CEO Jeff Welsh said in the press release, "Galaxy is a truly great entrepreneurial company. The complementary nature of our cultures, products and end markets will allow us to deliver a breadth of solutions that exceed our customers' expectations. It's a really natural fit for our marketplace. Together we offer thousands of innovative specialty chemical solutions that we can deliver with creative passion and expertise."
Brent McCurdy, managing director of Blendco Systems, also said the acquisition is helping them to become one of the largest transportation chemical companies in the world.
DuBois has acquired three other companies since 2009, including Perkins Products, Mitco and Blendco Systems.
• Clean World Distribution Inc. (CWD) of Valencia, CA, announced it has upgraded its Rhino-Mat Wash & Dry system. Today, all Rhino-Mat Auto Mat Wash & Dry systems have been approved to bear the ETL and CETL mark.
CWD stated that the systems all underwent a series of tests and after "grueling months of maximum temperature threshold and weather resistance tests, Rhino-Mat now stands alone as the only auto floor mat cleaning system to receive the ETL and CETL marks for environmental health and safety," a company press release reported.