News and notes
The Mister Car Wash chain announced that it will begin working with the Green Mountain Energy Company to conserve power at many of its carwash locations.
Green Mountain electricity will be purchased for 23 out of a total of 33 Mister Car Wash car-care locations in the Houston and Round Rock, TX, areas.
WashUSA and The Make-A-Wish Foundation are asking that carwash owners who pledged a donation to the 2004 event send their donation as soon as possible.
WashUSA hopes to close out their 2004 record books and begin their 2005 campaign.
Donations can be made out to WashUSA and mailed to Kristin Keck, Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3550 North Central Avenue, Ste. 300, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2127. You can also contact Keck directly to arrange a payment plan at (800) 722-9474.
The Car Care Council announced that its "Be Car Care Aware" campaign has had dramatic increases in 2004.
Thirty-two television interviews aired in the top 25 markets, over 6,000 newspaper articles were published that reached 135 million readers, and radio news release stories aired on 3,000 radio stations.
The "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promotes the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
The Southwest Car Wash Association announced that it will exclusively endorse Tara Energy as a preferred supplier of electricity to its members with wash locations in Texas.
Since January, 2002, when the electricity market was deregulated in Texas, increased market competition has given many small businesses the opportunity to save with new suppliers.
Tara Energy will hold discounted rates for SCWA members for up to 4-6 weeks from the date of the program's announcement.
The International Carwash Association (ICA) announced that it will award five $1,000 scholarships to deserving recipients and wants to encourage carwash owners to spread the word to their employees.
Eligible applicants must meet a variety of requirements and will be selected on the basis of high school standing, leadership roles, community involvement, honors and response to the 500-word essay.
Fast Eddie's Cloth Car Wash & Oil Change held a charity carwash with all proceeds going to the Red Cross International Response Fund.
The money, amounting to over $1,000 from the charity wash, was donated to the Red Cross to help the victims of the recent tsunami disaster.
Ron King, Blue-White Industries' vice president of manufacturing and son of company founders Ozzie and Frances King, passed away in January.
King was born in West Los Angeles, CA, in 1947 and served as an important part of Blue-White as a board member and innovator of the company's mechanized flow and metering devices for the use in carwash facilities.
DRB Systems, Akron, OH, a maker of computerized products for car-care facilities, announced that it has appointed Harold Guthrie to the position of national accounts representative.
Guthrie will be working with some of the company's top carwashing accounts in order to help them address any technical issues that arise when implementing and maintaining loyalty promotions, prepaid card sales and other management programs.
Oasis Car Wash Systems, Galena, KS, announced that it has appointed a new regional sales manager.
John Jonas will fill the position, bringing with him 23 years of industry experience, including 20 years as operations manager of a multiple location carwash group.
Jonas will provide sales and support to the Oasis distribution network in the western half of the country.
The Grease Monkey International's (GMI) Franchise Advisory Council (IFAC) announced that Ron Morrow was elected the new IFAC president.
His primary objective as president is to coordinate the IFAC which serves as a liaison group between Greenwood Village-based Grease Monkey International, Inc., and all individual Grease Monkey franchise owners nationwide.
Gary Balzhiser has been named the new manager of ConocoPhillips' lube division.
ConocoPhillips Company, a global petroleum company and the fourth largest lubricants supplier in the United States, appointed Balzhiser, who is a veteran of petroleum marketing with 28 years experience, to the position of manager of commercial lubricants.
Balzhiser fills the position formerly held by Lou Burke, who accepted new responsibilities as ConocoPhillips' manager of emerging technology in planning, strategy and corporate affairs.
Ryko Manufacturing, Grimes, IA, has announced a new employee will be joining their sales and marketing team.
Ed Schaad will take on responsibilities as Ryko's new major account manager.
Schaad joins Ryko after having held sales management positions with Veeder-Root, OPW Fueling Components, and more recently, Belanger Inc.
California public relations consultant Stephanie Weiss was recently recognized by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for her work in promoting environmentally-friendly carwashing.
Weiss was honored for her work in teaching carwash owners how to design, develop and implement charity carwash programs from both a community service and an environmental protection perspective, eliminating wastewater from carwash operations.