News from the Industry
• Pamela Piro, CEO and president of Unitec Electronics has received a Baltimore SmartCEO 2010 Brava! Women Business Achievement Award.
The award recognizes 25 female CEOs making unprecedented strides in business, building a stronger community both financially, philanthropically and most importantly, through leadership.
Piro’s success was acknowledged at a July 23 awards event held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Unitec is a manufacturer of carwash entry systems and auto cashier equipment.
• Lenny Cavalier has joined the newly formed Istobal USA as the company’s Northeast Regional Manager.
Istobal USA was formed earlier this year to sell and service the Istobal S.A. line of automatic cleaning systems for the USA and Canada.
In Other News
• PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., has appointed Sun Country Car Wash Systems, Inc., as a new distributor serving the Southwest region. Sun Country, headquartered in El Paso, TX, will oversee a region that includes Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, the Texas Panhandle, southern Colorado and western Oklahoma and represent PDQ’s full line of in-bay automatic carwash systems and supplies.
• Mister Car Wash locations across the country raised $48,565 in donations for local Humane Societies and Rescue League organizations during the company’s first annual Paws-a-thon.
Mister Car Wash is the second largest conveyor carwash chain in the nation with 65 sites in seven states.
• Autobell Car Wash Inc., recently awarded 114 employees its 2010 academic scholarships toward the college or university of their choice.
Autobell is the third largest conveyor carwash chain in the nation with 59 carwashes throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. This year’s gifts totaled over $75,000, and the Autobell Scholarship Program has awarded over $316,000 in academic funds to employees since its inception.
• MacNeil Wash Systems, a manufacturer of conveyorized tunnel equipment, has appointed Woltco Inc. – Car Wash Professionals as a distributor serving the state of Michigan.
Woltco will distribute and service MacNeil’s full line of conveyor carwash equipment to Michigan customers.
• The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Committee, will now collaborate with the Car Care Council Women’s Board to create an online scholarship resource for women planning to pursue careers in the automotive aftermarket.
In 2011, the Women’s Board will award at least one high school scholarship of $1,000 and at least three technician scholarships, which includes one $2,500 scholarship plus a trip to the annual Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas and two $1,000 scholarships.
• CarwashTV, a video magazine service for the carwash industry, is now being published in a weekly format.
The site now releases one carwash video per week in an effort to allow even more people to “watch and enjoy.”
Launched this past June, the group’s first videos were watched about 4,000 times, according to founder Kyle Doyle.
• Kim Supply, a carwash equipment and supply wholesaler/manufacturer, has acquired Carver’s Service ETC. of Grandview, MO, a carwash equipment and soap supplier.
Kim Supply has been serving the car care industry for 50 years, while Carver’s opened in 2003.
“The completion of this acquisition represents a significant step for Kim Supply in our goal to provide superior carwash expertise with personalized customer service,” said President Kyle VanGoethem.
• Brown Bear Car Washes, cleaned nearly 27,000 cars for free (or 26,995 to be exact) as part of a celebration planned for its 53rd anniversary.
Brown Bear has been celebrating its anniversaries in this manner for five years now; offering 105,755 free carwashes over that period of time. This year’s event set a record for the group, despite unfavorable weather conditions.
“This is a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us for over five decades. And hopefully we introduced some new customers to the kind of service and value we deliver year around,” said Brown Bear founder and owner Vic Odermat.
The free carwash service was offered at Brown Bear’s 20 tunnel locations throughout the Seattle area. The company also has a plethora of self-serve and in-bay automatic sites, as well as gas station and c-store offerings.
• The Midwest Car Wash Association has rescheduled its annual show and expo for February 7-9 and has organized an evening Wash Summit program for October 25.
The social and educational event will kick-off at 6 p.m. and include a buffet dinner and short seminars on energy savings, managing employees, carwash solutions and more.
For registration or sponsorship information, please visit the Association’s website www.midwestcarwash.com.