Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News & Notes

October 11, 2010

Dahl's Foods, a 75-year-old Des Moines-based grocery chain will opens its first gas station, convenience store and carwash this summer.

Dahl's President David Sinnwell said the idea to expand into the gas and carwash market has been something he's been looking at for a long time.

“We already have a fair number of people coming into the store, so this just made sense,” he said.

The gas station will have eight pumps to sell premium, regular, 10 percent ethanol and 85 percent ethanol, or E85.

WashTec AG continued to expand its position in the carwash industry by increasing revenues in the first quarter of 2006 by 19.5 percent.

The acquisition of Mark VII at the beginning of the fiscal year means those revenues are now included with those of WashTec Group for the first time.

The company's profits went to $75.6 million, up $12.3 million, as revenues from the company's SoftCare family in Europe continued to develop and revenues within rollover machine SoftCare Bravo also expanded.

Positive effects were also attributed to a framework agreement concluded with Shell at the end of 2005, in which WashTec was listed as a preferred supplier.

A class-action lawsuit against Visa, MasterCard and several major banks has now been amended to include debit cards as part of the complaint.

The lawsuit was originally filed in September of 2005 by a broad range of merchant groups, including the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and alleges that Visa, MasterCard and several major banks are engaging in collusive practices to fix credit card interchange fees.

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Doug Stewart, owner of Speede Lube in Rogers, AR, was presented with the annual Business Partner of the Year award by the Education Committee of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Stewart was nominated by school principal Jennie Rehl for supporting students and teachers, with both time and money.

Skip Boatner of Professional Wash Systems, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Fred Darling of Americas Wash Systems, Attica, OH, have been awarded checks by NuStar Inc. for reaching the “$10,000 Plateau” of NuStar’s year-long promotion.

The checks were presented at this year’s Car Care World Expo.

Bill Mills has joined Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany as the company’s Southeast Regional manager.

Mills will be responsible for managing Mark VII’s distribution channel in the Southeastern U.S. He has 33 years of sales and marketing experience in both the carwash and retail petroleum industries, including Ryko Manufacturing and Phillips Petroleum.

Mills hold a B.A. in Behavioral Science from National Louis University in Atlanta.