News from the Industry
• CUL-MAC Industries Inc. of Wayne, MI, has named David Davoudi as its new president. CUL-MAC markets a variety of products including carpet cleaning chemicals and equipment, carwash and detailing chemicals, windshield washer solvent and degreasers. Davoudi has over 20 years of experience in executive and business management, and he has a proven record for driving sales, increasing market share, process improvement and building organizational capabilities.
Davoudi spent 17 years working with several business units of Royal Philips Electronics. Prior to Philips, he worked eight years in the computer industry where he held various positions with Motorola, Quantum and Seagate.
• National Pride Car Wash Equipment has named John (Jack) Kelley as its new chemical sales manager. Kelley has been a chemical sales representative five years and will be in charge of managing and increasing National Prides' southern Ohio chemical sales. National Pride will expand its presence in the southern half of Ohio and Kelley will lead the effort.
"The expansion of our sales rep and distribution team further strengthens our ability to meet the needs of our customers," noted Trent Walter, President of National Pride Equipment. "Jack Kelley's comprehensive understanding of chemical sales and marketing will greatly benefit National Pride, our sales network, and ultimately our customers."
• Ryko Manufacturing announced that it will now go by the name Ryko Solutions Inc. as it is making a move to strengthen its position as a "total industry solutions provider." The company has also launched a new website and started a new branding identity program, which includes a new logo.
CEO Steven L'Heureux said in the press release, "When you start with superior equipment, add a national network of highly trained service technicians, blend in environmentally safe, cost-effective chemicals and a marketing support structure that helps customers drive greater profitability, you have all the fundamental ingredients in place that a carwash owner is looking for. Clearly Ryko has become a turnkey solutions company and a valued business partner to our customers so our new name more appropriately captures the essence of our business."
• Ecolab Inc. of St. Paul, MN, was named to Forbes magazine's "The World's Most Innovative Companies" list. Ecolab ranked 28th out of the 100 companies on the magazine's global list, and the list appeared in the August 8 issue.
Companies were selected and ranked by a team of researchers and authors of a newly released book, "The Innovator's DNA." The rankings are based on an assessment of each company's "innovation premium," which measures the premium the stock market gives a company for anticipated or expected innovation.
"Our purpose — to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier, everywhere it matters — drives our commitment to innovation," Douglas M. Baker, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Ecolab, said in a press release. "Our customers want new products and programs that provide superior results along with water, energy, waste and labor savings. We remain focused on continuing to lead innovation in our industry and finding new and better ways to effectively deliver solutions to our customers."
Ecolab invests approximately $90 million annually in research, development and engineering and holds more than 3,700 patents globally.
• Washworld Inc. of DePere, WI, has added Northeast Washworld, of Berlin, NJ, to its distributor network. Northeast Washworld will sell and service systems based in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company is owned by David Rennie who worked for 25 years in the oil industry.
• PDQ Manufacturing Inc. of DePere, WI, recently made a charitable donation to the Child Life program at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI. The program offers support to children (and their families) who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
Becky Davies, PDQ's Human Resources Manager, stated in a press release, "PDQ has donated to a number of worthwhile charities over the past 18 months. When our Human Resources team was recently researching additional local charities to support, and given the services that the Child Life program provides for children who are facing these horrible circumstances, we thought it would be the perfect recipient for our latest charitable donation. We wanted to help make their hospital stay a little better in any way that we could."
• The New England Carwash Association (NECA) introduced a website that non-profit groups can utilize for carwash fundraisers. WashforaCause.com helps simplify fundraising, expands fundraising responses with the use of social media and offers an environmentally-friendly incentive to non-profit donors. Users can fill out a form on the website and upload a logo or photo. Then, they can promote the custom webpage using social media sharing, like Twitter and Facebook, to spread the word.
For every $10 donated by credit card, a voucher for the chosen participating carwash will be emailed to the donor. Wash for a Cause processes the credit cards, collects the money and sends the non-profit a check.
For every $10 cash donation, $4.60 will be credited to the organization's account, and $4.60 will be credited to the carwash selected by the donor. The final 80 cents will be retained by NECA to cover credit card and administrative expenses. There is also a one-time $25 set up charge for the unique webpage.