News & Notes
Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, a global manufacturer of carwash equipment, has restructured its senior management team by promoting the following employees:
Sandy Bass is now vice president of sales; Craig Campbell is now vice president of strategic business and product development and Ed Stellner is now vice president of service.
Late last year, Mark VII announced Murray Kennedy as its president and chief executive officer. The company is also renovating its U.S. factory to apply best practices learned at WashTec’s European facilities.
Ryan Cook has been named the sales manager for Lustra™ Car Care Product’s Western region.
Ryan will be responsible for the development of distributors and key accounts in the Western third of the U.S.
Ryan joined the Lustra team in 2002 and has been serving as a territory manager in Texas since then. He will now relocate to the Denver Market.
Lustra™ Professional Car Care Products is a chemical manufacturer to the carwash industry.
Paul Vercollone, a member of the New England Car Wash Association (NECWA) for 32 years and past members of its Board of Directors, will serve as president over the 150-member organization this year.
Vercollone is the vice-president/principal of VERC Enterprises, a company operating 22 c-store/gasoline stations and three carwash facilities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Vercollone said one of his priorities will be to work on environmental issues and awareness.
Grease Monkey International, Inc. announced Lori Schneider has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications.
Schneider will be responsible for strategic marketing planning and implementation for approximately 200 fast lube centers across the United States.
Schneider is a 16-year veteran of the Colorado-based company, and previously served as director of marketing and communications.
Grease Monkey International, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest franchisers of automotive preventive maintenance centers. Founded in 1978, Grease Monkey International, Inc. currently has 235 centers operating in the United States and Mexico.
In Other News
Sentica Partners has acquired the entire share capital of Tammermatic Oy, a global supplier of vehicle wash systems based in Europe.
Sentica Partners aims to double its revenues within the next few years, especially in the potential market of Russia. In 2006, the revenues of Tammermatic amounted to almost $20 million.
In addition to its carwash manufacturing, Tammermatic has also developed water recycling systems, carwash chemicals and service concepts.
The company, based in Tampere, Finland and servicing nationwide networks in both Finland and Sweden, employs some 100 people, and also has a global sales network.
Sentica Partners Ltd is a Finnish private equity company with nearly $170M funds under their management.
Washing Equipment Technologies, a carwash distributor based in Rochester, NY, announced that it is taking the next step in its consolidation effort with Nonstop, Inc. of Marlborough, MA.
Washing Equipment purchased Nonstop in June 2006 to form “one of the largest carwash distribution companies in the United States.”
This next phase will include a complete consolidation of the infrastructure and management of the service and parts divisions of the organization, as well as the finance function.
Washing Equipment Technologies serves 12 states with over 80 field vehicles and 100 employees.
PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of vehicle wash systems, has appointed AutoAuto Wash LLC as a non-exclusive distributor serving New Mexico.
Operator Tips From the News
Draw more customers with gas discount
More than one in four drivers say they change their purchasing behavior to save as little as one cent per gallon, according to a new National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) report.
To save only one penny per gallon, 27 percent of drivers said they would take a left-hand turn across a busy street; 20 percent would drive five minutes out of their way; and 11 percent would even drive 10 minutes out of their way.
According to the report, consumer price sensitivity also impacts retailers inside the store, the NACS report found, as 27 percent of consumers said they buy fewer items when gasoline prices are high, as opposed to only 6 percent who said they purchase more in-store items to combine trips.
Nearly half (47 percent) of all drivers said that they are much more likely to use a debit or credit card when gasoline prices rise, leading to additional credit card interchange fees assessed to retailers and potential increases in personal debt for consumers.