Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Industry Watch - November 2013

October 21, 2013

Association News

ICE trade show to hit up Las Vegas

International Cleaning Experts (ICE) will hold its inaugural trade show January 30-31, 2014, at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to a press release.

The show will feature the first-ever combination of the auto detailing, carpet cleaning, janitorial products and restoration industries all under one roof, the release stated.

ICE was conceived by cleaning industry manufacturers who saw a need to serve the growing number of cleaning professionals, the release noted.

Prior to this show, the cleaning professional has been forced to travel to multiple shows at a great expense to them and time away from their business during their busy season, the release added.

According to the release, there are numerous reasons to attend ICE, including:

  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Product giveaways
  • Networking with other pros in the industry
  • IICRC credits

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NYSCWA tours carwashes in the Finger Lakes region

The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) toured three carwashes on September 19 in the Finger Lakes region. Participants also enjoyed a buffet dinner at the Sherwood Inn overlooking beautiful Skaneateles Lake, according to President Walt Hartl.

The tour started out at K & S Car Wash which features a 90-foot tunnel, four self-service bays and two in-bay automatics. The 35-year-old site is owned by Mark and Terri Kubarek.

Next on the tour was Auto Wash Inc. in Geneva, NY. The wash features a glass structure that is self-cleaning, and two in-bay automatics. Owned by the Marchenese family, they said they plan on adding a mini-tunnel to the site.

The third and final stop was to the five-year-old Border City Car Wash, which is also in Geneva. Owned by the Fratto family, the carwash features three self-service bays and a friction and frictionless in-bay automatic.

Caricature artist J.P. Crangle was also on hand to sketch attendees, courtesy of the Carwash Insurance Program by McNeil & Co.   

Meeting sponsors included Blendco, Innovative Control Systems (ICS) and the Northeast Carwasher magazine.

People News

Send well wishes to Bud Abraham

We here at PC&D were saddened to hear that our Detail Editor Bud Abraham, president of Detail Plus Car Appearance Systems, of Portland, OR, and a nearly 40-year member of the car care industry, suffered a heart attack on September 4. He was rushed to Portland Adventist Hospital and was stabilized.

Bud is doing better since then and was discharged on September 20. He is already back to work, posting messages online and asking to write another article for PC&D. A website has been set up that tracks Bud's progress and also allows for people to send their well wishes. That website can be found at

Company News

Sonny's partners with ECENTA America

DALLAS, TX — Sonny’s Enterprises Inc. has chosen ECENTA America to assist in implementation of its Customer Relationship Management software.

ECENTA America will assist Sonny’s in integrating their web commerce with the SAP ECC system.

According to a press release, Sonny’s 900 page catalog features over 12,000 items. The company previously manually keyed orders into SAP ECC which led to frequent mistakes and time spent fixing mistakes.

The new system will make ordering online from Sonny’s more accurate and efficient.