Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News from the industry

October 11, 2010


The International Carwash Association doled out its annual awards at Car Care World Expo 2009, held April 1-4 in Las Vegas. Winners included:

• Dr. Joseph Enning of Mister Wash, Germany: Brian Campbell Innovation Award.

• Laurie Sherman of Blendco/Dubois Chemical, Bristol, PA: Association Leadership Award.

• Bill Sartor of Quality Car Wash, Inc., San Antonio, TX: Environmental Leadership Award.

James A. Belanger, founder of Belanger, Inc., was posthumously inducted into the Car Wash Hall of Fame in an emotional presentation. Belanger’s wife, Nancy, and his youngest son, Richard, accepted the award on his behalf.

Also, the Association renamed its annual Innovation Award to reflect its appreciation of Brian Campbell, “carwashing’s biggest fan.” Campbell was diagnosed as a child with William’s Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopment disorder. Since the age of 10, he has been attending Car Care World Expo and other carwash shows, as well as touring carwashes across the country.

In Other News

Julius Sämann Ltd. of Little Trees Car-Freshners has begun legal proceedings to sue Billabong for using a car freshener shape similar to theirs. Julius Sämann Ltd. said it registered the tree shape as United Kingdom and Community Trademark.

CEO Dr. Ronald F. Sämann said, “Billabong is clearly trading off our hard-earned reputation and blatantly infringing our trademark rights. The Billabong swing tickets look exactly like our air fresheners, making them instantly recognizable to the pubic and enabling Billabong to unfairly benefit from the iconic shape of the Tree.”

Billabong has not yet been served with any legal documents or notices.

PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., has named Nationwide Wash Systems, Inc., as an additional non-exclusive distributor for the Minnesota market.

Nationwide is based in Eden Prairie, MN, and will distribute and service PDQ’s LaserWash® and Tandem® RiteTouch in-bay automatic vehicle wash systems and ACCESS® payment equipment.

Nationwide Wash Systems can be reached at (952) 829-0515.

The new I-9 form, available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, went into effect on April 3.

The new I-9 features a revised List of Acceptable Documents, as well as changes to wording of the form.

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services has also issued an updated M-274 Handbook for Employers, available on the USCIS website, which highlights the changes to the I-9 and its additional requirements. The new handbook also provides an explanation of the E-Verify program.

In Association News

The Puget Car Wash Association (PSCWA) issued a press release in anticipation of a PBS FRONTLINE program which investigated American waterways and the “rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem.”

According to PSCWA, “There are almost three million cars and trucks in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties combined. King County’s Stormwater Prevention Manual says that automobile washing is one of the most common residential activities that pollutes surface water, streams, creeks, lakes, and the Puget Sound.”

The program, which aired the day before Earth Day, on April 21, took a close look at the Puget Sound and how industry, agriculture and suburban development affect the health of the water. The Puget Sound was the subject of another study conducted in 2007 and funded in part by Brown Bear Car Wash, which revealed home carwashing was detrimental to the survival of salmon in the Sound.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith conducted the FRONTLINE investigation for the program, which also includes a look at the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Smith interviewed scientists, environmental activists, corporate executives and average citizens who are impacted by the “burgeoning pollution problem.”

The International Carwash Association (ICA) introduced several new programs for 2009 during the course of Car Care World Expo this April 1-4 in Las Vegas. New initiatives included:

· WaterSavers, a marketing program for carwash operators “who practice environmentally responsible water treatment practices,” such as recycling water and discharging to a treatment facility or leech field.

· Wash Week, a program of half-day seminars that will be delivered in three different cities in one week.

· Car Wash Leadership Summit, to be held June 2009 in Chicago, IL. The meeting will bring together “thought leaders” of the vendor and operator communities to identify trends and opportunities in the industry. Although attendance will be limited, the findings of the summit will be shared with all ICA members.