Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News from the industry

October 11, 2010


Mike Frierson, a six-year employee of carwash manufacturer Jim Coleman Company, has reached a milestone worth celebrating: One million safe miles.

Frierson has safely delivered carwash equipment around the United States for over one million miles. He has driven over six million miles in his career.

To put Frierson’s achievement in better perspective, it would take 16,666.67 hours to drive one million miles without stopping and 694.44 days at 24 hours a day, which is 1.9 years non-stop at 60 mph.

Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, a global supplier of carwash equipment and supplies, has added four professionals to its direct sales organization.

Stephen Essary assumes the role of sales manager for the state of Texas (excluding the panhandle and El Paso). He has almost 30 years of sales and management experience in the heavy equipment and construction industries.

Mark Martinez, who is based in San Antonio, will sell Mark VII products throughout central and southwest Texas. He joins Mark VII from Surgipath, where he was responsible for selling medical products to over 160 accounts across Texas.

Randy Phillips, who is based in St. Louis, takes over sales responsibility for the southern Illinois and eastern Missouri market. He was previously a field technician for Mark VII in the same market and has over seven years of experience in the carwash industry.

Will Quaglieri, who is based in Denver, has joined the Key Accounts sales team, where he will focus on driving sales to regional and national gas and convenience store chains. He comes to Mark VII from Pella Corporation, where he was responsible for business development in the Denver area.

In other news

Hi-Performance Wash Systems (HPWS), a supplier of tunnel, automatic and self-service carwash equipment to the Rocky Mountain region, recently celebrated 50 years in business.

HPWS hosted an open house and training seminars with over 120 carwash operators in attendance to celebrate the milestone.

Vendors such as CSI Lustra, Digicapture, Ecolab, Choice Manufacturing, Washgear, Diamondshine and Rowe conducted training classes for carwash operators, with each class focused on increasing revenue or decreasing expenses.

Cat Pumps and P&S Sales also hosted hands-on workshops. Breakfast and lunch were served throughout the day, allowing carwash owners to network and share ideas.

HPWS serves operators in Wyoming, Colorado, Northern New Mexico and Western Kansas.

D&S Car Wash Equipment Company, a manufacturer of industrial carwash systems, has appointed MDB Enterprises as the exclusive distributor for the greater Phoenix area and Northern Arizona.

MDB is currently a general contractor based in Prescott, AZ, that has expanded its business portfolio to include carwash equipment distribution and chemical supply to the professional carwash industry.

As a full line D&S distributor, MDB’s primary focus will be on equipment sales, installation and service. The company will also be responsible for penetrating new market segments and leveraging the D&S brand into sustainable growth in this important region of the country.

D&S, established in 1972, is a manufacturer of in-bay automatics, self-service carwash systems, industrial vacuums and ancillary equipment. Its flagship brands include: The “Odyssey” soft-touch, the “Quicksilver” touchless, and the new, “i5000” touchless in-bay automatics.

Steve Gaudreau, a carwash consultant with 20 years of experience and former president of CarWash College, has just released his newest book, “So You Want to Own a Car Wash: Finding and Evaluating Retail Sites for Car Washes.”

The book provides an overview of what is happening economically today in all eight segments of the industry and gives anyone new to the carwash business or operators expanding their locations the 20 most critical variables to consider when building or buying a carwash site.

The book can be purchased through Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s online bookstore, available at

UCoat It® America LLC, a provider of commercial-grade epoxy floor coating systems for consumer and trade markets, recently became an ACDelco® Total Service Support (TSS) participant.

The ACDelco TSS Program is designed to assist independent service centers with front counter, office, service bay and management operations. Member service centers will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on UCoat It products.

UCoat It floor coating systems are available to warehouse, maintenance, plant and facility managers who are seeking durable, protected and easily maintained floors.

Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation’s Industrial Specialties and Household Care business lines will increase list and off list prices for products marketed in North America starting October 1, 2008.

The increases were a result of continued cost pressures, and were necessary for Evonik, a global manufacturer of chemicals, to remain a viable supplier in these market segments.

Silicone surfactants and specialty silicone additives will increase up to $0.50/lb depending on the product. Organic products including quaternary compounds, surfactants, amine derivatives and specialty organic additives will increase up to $0.30/lb depending on the product.

Select products will be subject to higher increases.

Brown Bear Car Washes throughout the Puget Sound area washed over 19,700 cars for free in celebration of the chain’s 51st anniversary on August 21.

Brown Bear founder owner Vic Odermat said 19,001 drivers took advantage of the promotion in 2007 and 14,896 in 2006.

Odermat said response from the promotion over the last three years has been so positive that the company plans to continue to make it an annual affair, offering free washes at its automated tunnel wash locations in the Puget Sound area on the fourth Thursday of every August.

The family-owned company, through its parent company Car Wash Enterprises (CWE), owns and operates a total of 38 carwashes in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores. It is one of the largest privately held carwash chains in the U.S.

CarTatts, a manufacturer of vehicle decals, has licensed images from famed Hollywood movie car designer Fireball Tim Lawrence.

Lawrence’s design work has been featured in such films as X-Men, Batman, Speed Racer, Gone in 60 Seconds, and others. Images from his Firebreather series and Phoenix Tribal series are now available through CarTatts.

The Phoenix Tribal series features various tribal designs while the Firebreather series features various flame designs.

PetroClear, a division of Champion Laboratories, Inc., is celebrating 10 years of manufacturing fuel-dispensing filters.

The company started making filters in 1998, the same year as dynamic market changes like the merger of BP and Amoco, and the EPA’s underground storage tank deadline.

“PetroClear has enjoyed tremendous growth during its 10 years of existence. We have grown to be the dominant dispenser-filter supplier by designing and manufacturing high-quality, technically correct products,” said Al Henager, director of sales for PetroClear.

PetroClear’s parent company, Champion Laboratories, Inc., has manufactured filters since 1955.

DentMasters, a dent removal company specializing in paintless dent removal and hail damage removal, has launched a new website.

The newly redesigned website,, has a FAQs page, a gallery and testimonials.

The company, which doesn’t use grinding, painting or putty for restoration work, also performs headlight and minor bumper repairs.

B&G Equipment Co., a diverse manufacturer selling products in several industries including the car care business, has a new website at

Among products created by B&G there are sprayers specifically engineered for the janitorial, carpet cleaning, restoration, and concrete markets.