Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News from the industry

October 11, 2010
People

William R. (Bill) Rasmussen, founder and president of NuStar, Inc., has passed away.

Rasmussen started NuStar in the early 1960s as a carwash distributor/manufacturer of in-bay automatic carwash equipment and soon became a leading supplier in the carwash industry.

With the acquisitions of the Power Pusher, a staple in the automotive service and industrial material handling industries and the acquisition of the ERGOtug, service equipment used in the health care industry, Rasmussen parlayed the company into a very successful and diverse corporation.

“His leadership, his friendship and his compassion has touched so many and will be greatly missed,” according to the company.

Blendco Systems LLC, a chemical supplier to the carwash industry, has added two new employees.

Chris Seestedt was named major accounts manager and Brent Anderson is the Northern Midwest regional manager.

Belanger, Inc, a manufacturer of carwash equipment, has named Mike Levin as the company’s California Territorial Manager.

Levin has over 47 years of experience with the carwash industry. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Carwash Association and the Central States Carwash Association, in which he also served as president. He also served on the Board of Directors for the International Carwash Association (ICA) and was recently honored by the ICA with a Merit for Services Rendered to the Industry award.


In Other News

The Access® Customer Management System software from PDQ Manufacturing, Inc. now meets the VISA® USA Payment Application Best Practices (PABP) standards under the VISA® Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP).

PDQ, a manufacturer of carwash systems and supplies, is the first carwash entry unit manufacturer whose high speed credit card payment application is PABP validated. The listing means that software minimizes the potential for security breaches and compromised card information when implemented in a PCI-compliant environment.

Doug Newman, owner of Connecticut Car Care in Milford, CT, and five oil change centers, has created a website, www.jeepsua.googlepages.com, to raise awareness about incidents of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) involving Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees at carwashes. Newman is a past president of the Connecticut Carwash Association and (ICA) board member.

The website compiles news stories, data reports, videos of incidents, personal accounts and forms for submitting a report.

Meguiar’s, Inc., a supplier of car cleaning and detailing products, has opened its online store at www.meguiarsdirect.com.

To introduce the site and encourage traffic, a 10 percent discount will be available to MeguiarsDirect.com customers through October 31, 2008. To receive the discount, simply enter the promotional code “carguy” during check out.

For Life Products of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is now offering an earth-friendly detailing product line called Detail Magic.

The line, which will be available at select Home Depot stores throughout the country, includes eight products including a waterless wash and wax protectant.

Jiffy Lube has launched a fleet loyalty program, Jiffy Lube® Fleet Card, giving fleet managers an easy-to-use expense management tool to simplify vehicle maintenance.

Fleet managers can access monthly reports itemizing services by driver, location, date and time through a secure online website. They can also monitor purchases in real-time and ensure that policies are enforced.

Jiffy Lube has more than 2,100 locations in North America.

Warsaw Chemical Co., Inc. has a new signature logo, Green Line Solutions™, for its line of environmentally-friendly products to make them easily identifiable.

Car Choice Green Line Products meet EPA’s Design for the Environment and Canadian EcoLogo requirements by reducing VOCs, glycol ethers, solvents, phenol ethoxylates or phosphates and other environmentally harmful components.

Autobell Car Wash Inc. handed out 66 academic scholarships to its employees totaling $61,500. The total scholarship amount the chain has awarded over the years is more than $167,000.

The company has also helped fund a laboratory at Wofford College.

The Autobell Car Wash Laboratory, to open in early 2009, will help students in studying the quality and environmental concerns regarding water.

The laboratory will be on Lawson’s Fork Creek, a tributary of the Pacolet River in North Carolina.

Wesumat (Ireland) Ltd, a supplier of truck and carwash machinery, is in liquidation after it failed to retain a maintenance contract with Topaz Energy, a firm that owns the former Shell and Statoil gas stations of Ireland.

Wesumat tried to prevent Topaz from terminating its contract via a High Court injunction, but failed. The contract netted Wesumat about US $3.6 million (€2.3 million) in revenue last year.


Association News

In an effort to help grow and expand, the Western Carwash Association (WCA) will work under the management services of Association Resource Center starting this November.

The WCA will still work with it's current management firm Olivito and Associates, but utilizing only its legislative and association meeting planning services.

Association Resource Center, a larger firm is based out of Folsom, CA, Olivito and Associates, which has served the WCA for the past 24 years.