News from the Industry
• A new sales manager has joined the Blendco team. A press release said that Bruce Anderson will now serve as the tunnel sales manager of the Midwest region. Anderson has more than 40 years of experience in the carwashing industry and at one point owned his own carwash chemical company.
• Turtle Wax Inc., of Willowbrook, IL, reported that Diana Redlien has been hired as a marketing coordinator; Bernie Russell has been hired as a regional sales manager for the Midwest; and Ryan Sadler has signed on as a Southeast regional sales manager.
The company, which is now represented in 90 countries, also said it plans on hiring a new national service manager to help with the "growing demand" of its customer base.
• Cleaning Systems Inc. (CSI), of DePere, WI, which set a goal to cut the amount of waste sent to landfills by 50 percent by the end of 2011, announced it has surpassed that goal and cut down waste by 90 percent instead.
"The ease by which we achieved these surprising results is amazing," said Plant Manager Roger McGrath. The company did it by partnering with a local recycling company that turned some of the company's waste into fuel pellets which can be used in place of coal.
"Our employees responded positively to the plan and are committed to the zero waste goal," McGrath said.
The company also recycles cardboard, aluminum, steel, plastics and glass.
• Kleen-Rite Corp. announced it is opening a new distribution center in Grand Prairie, TX this spring. The new distribution center is in response to the needs of the customers located in that region of the country, a company press release stated.
"We have listened to the demands of our customers in that region over the past several years and have taken the action necessary to deliver on those demands," stated Vice President Keith Lutz. "We understand the need to get our products to the customer when they need it. Our goal is to deliver value in a timely manner and we will continue to do what is necessary to deliver on this goal."
President Mike McKonly added, "With the distribution centers located in Pennsylvania, Nevada and the new facility in Grand Prairie, TX, customers in all parts of the country will now benefit from the same timely service and turnaround in receiving their products, helping them manage and run their businesses more efficiently."
• Integrated Services Inc. (ISI), of Portland, OR, announced it has re-launched its website, which can be found at www.ints.com.
The website features a new layout and interactive media, including videos and downloadable brochures.
Marketing Manager Aaron Schmick stated in a press release, "Our mission was to create a dynamic website that delivers product and industry news, but in a more user-friendly format. We focused on a clean design that is easy to navigate for visitors, and with how fast news travels, we wanted a communication tool that provides our customers with news about ISI and the industry right as it happens."
• MacNeil Wash Systems of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,927,081 B2 for its Magnum Pumping Stations, a press release stated.
The station is available in three models: the M1000 -7.5HP/8GPM, the M2000 - 15HP/20GPM, and the M3500 - 25HP/35GPM.
• PDQ Manufacturing, which is based in DePere, WI, has partnered with Advanced Car Wash Systems, which will serve as its Tennessee-based equipment distributor.
Advanced, which is headquartered in Marietta, GA, also has a strong presence in Georgia and Alabama.
Robert Ramsdell, president of Advanced, stated in a company press release, "In 1984 Advanced opened their doors in the Atlanta market. We understand customer service is the driving force to growing our business all of these years. Advanced is pleased to expand our partnership with PDQ Manufacturing Inc., with a common goal of assisting our customers to achieve their business goals and providing the service our customers deserve."
PDQ's senior vice president of sales, Gerry Hanrahan, said that Tennessee is a strategic area for the company.
• Innovative Control Systems (ICS), of Wind Gap, PA, hosted a free seminar in Dallas on Jan. 18 to discuss current carwash trends, the popularity of express washes, cash management, WashConnect, new controller features and credit card compliance.
It was held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, and it also offered one hour of networking, an open bar and free hors d,oeuvres. Last August, ICS hosted a Performance and Profitability Seminar in Atlanta.
• The Western Carwash Association's (WCA) 31st Annual Convention & Tradeshow will take place Sept. 18-20 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The WCA website stated that there are over 2,000 carwashes within 200 miles of San Diego. That figure, combined with the fact that the convention will be offering the lowest registration cost in over a decade, will more than likely mean that a large "drive-in" pool of attendees is expected.
• The Connecticut Carwash Association's (CCA) 23rd Annual Mini Expo will be held March 23 at the Marriott in Cromwell, CT.
The day-long event, which will start around 8:30 a.m., will feature two drawings in which a flat screen TV and a free trip to the 2012 Northeast Regional Carwash Convention will be raffled off. A buffet dinner will also be offered. For more information, visit, www.wewashctcars.com.