News from the Industry
• Anthony Antonis, has been named vice president of sales and marketing at MacNeil Wash Systems.
Antonis will be responsible for the company’s overall marketing strategies, and will develop sales and distributor developments throughout North America and internationally. Prior to his role at MacNeil, Antonis spent four years as an owner of a high-volume, full-service carwash in southern California and served as a vice president for Hanna Car Wash Systems. Previous to that, he was a national sales manager for the Jim Coleman Company, Hanna Tunnel Division. “We are in the process of introducing several new products this year and have new programs to better service our customers,” he said. “It’s a simple but effective strategy for success; provide high quality reliable equipment with the best customer support in the industry.”
• Ryko Manufacturing Company has named Steven A. L’Heureux, as its new chief executive officer. L’Heureux succeeds Tom Carleton.
Troy Templeton, managing partner of Trivest Partners, which acquired Ryko last December, said, “When we acquired Ryko … we saw an organization that possessed a great foundation in proprietary carwash technology, respected products, excellent service delivery, and the potential to reach a worldwide audience of industry partners and individual entrepreneurs with compelling new business models. Steven L’Heureux has seized upon that vision with us and is prepared to orchestrate a strategy that is focused around profitable growth for Ryko, its partners and customers.” L’Heureux previously served as chief operating officer of Noritsu America Corporation.
• Korey Gobin, an account executive with Delta Kits, Inc., has been named the 2011 Windshield Repair Person of the Year for his ongoing positive contributions to the industry.
A company press release stated that Gobin provides excellent service to his customers, and he produces the popular technical videos found on the Delta Kits, Inc. website. “We’re all very proud of Korey,” Brent Deines, president of Delta Kits, Inc. said, “Nobody works harder to service our customers and the windshield repair industry in general.”
• Washworld, Inc., has named Enrico Mariotto as its exclusive distributor in Italy.
Enrico Mariotto, based in Torino, Italy, owns carwashes under the Starwash brand, and it will also represent CSI chemicals throughout the country. The first system is currently being installed in Sardinia and another will soon go up in Bologna.
• Dosatron International, Inc., is celebrating 25 years in business.
President Eddy Kelly said, “Since 1986, when Dosatron International was incorporated in Clearwater, FL, much has changed in the world. However, one thing has remained constant: Dosatron’s goal to create a business built on excellent relationships, not just sales. It has been a great 25 years, and we want to thank the people who have made the difference, our clients and the Dosatron team of employees to whom we owe much of our success.”
• Hamilton Mfg. Corp., a manufacturer of change machines and autocashiers for the carwash industry, reached a distribution agreement to offer the XpresWash RFID (radio frequency identification) system, according to a company press release.
“The XpresWash RFID system provides an easy and effective method for carwash owners to sell monthly, unlimited wash memberships,” the release said.
• The 2011 Southwest Car Wash Association Convention & EXPO., held at the Arlington Convention Center in between March 6-8, was a big success, according to organizers and attendees.
The show, which gathered more than 1,200 carwash owners and exhibitors, was described by one exhibitor as a very positive show, according to a press release.
“As we brought the carwash and lube community together from around the Southwest, the SCWA 2011 Convention & EXPO focused on the challenges and forces impacting business in general and the carwash industry in particular,” said SCWA President Doug Cookston. “SCWA wants to be on the leading edge of what is happening in the carwash industry and to provide our members with the most relevant information and resources available.”
The convention featured a motivational talk from Texas Christian University Head Football Coach Gary Patterson on how to be consistent and successful. Bill Martin, of Metro Express Car Wash, also spoke on the challenges and opportunities carwash owners may expect in the coming year.
Congressman Joe Barton (R – TX) provided the Keynote Address and discussed the current political and economic dynamics impacting the carwashing industry. Shane Weiss, owner of Astromatic Car Wash in Alice, TX, was installed as the 2011-2012 SCWA President.
• The Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) is disparaging home carwashing and is warning drivers of the environmental impact of driveway carwashing.
The CCA had a survey conducted on the issue and found the majority of the respondents mistakenly thought that the wash water they used went to treatment plants after it entered storm drains on the street.
“The survey findings reinforce what the Canadian carwash industry has been advocating for years: using a professional carwash is an environmentally friendly option for cleaning your vehicle,” said Jorge de Mendonca, executive director of the CCA.
• Randy Coleman, vice president of Jim Coleman Co., has taken a leave of absence to help with the relief efforts in Haiti.
Coleman told PC&D that he has moved to Cap Haiten, Haiti, to help build housing and a College University for the area which was indirectly affected by the earthquake that took place in January 2010. People, including many children, sought refuge in Cap Haiten following the natural disaster. The now overly-populated area has few jobs and few homes to offer up to those displaced by the natural disaster. A world traveler, Coleman will stay there doing missionary work indefinitely.
• The Autobell Car Wash chain, which is based in North Carolina and includes 61 locations throughout both Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia, has now given away $4.1 million in charitable donations through its Charity Car Wash Program.
That total represents its contributions since the Program’s inception in 1998. Last year alone, the carwash chain raised and donated $587,803. Autobell, which is also eco-friendly, works with non-profits, giving them certificates to sell and raise funds. The non-profits are given 50 percent of each certificate sale. Chuck Howard, CEO of Autobell, said, “This easy-to-implement program grows more popular each year. It’s very gratifying to help so many worthy non-profits reach their fundraising goals while providing an effective alternative to polluting and water-wasting parking lot carwash fundraisers.”