Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News & Notes

October 11, 2010

Shell Oil Products US has sold its interest in 31 sites to Gilligan Oil Co. LLC, a Cincinnati-based wholesaler.

The sites went up for bid last year with a number of participating parties but a confidentiality agreement between the parties does not allow disclosure of the purchase price.

While Gilligan has been in operation since 1993, these will be its first Shell-branded sites.

Gilligan's service portfolio includes convenience stores, gas stations, carwashes and quick-serve restaurants.

The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) raised $4,200 for the Children's Specialized Hospital at its 6th Annual Golf Outing.

This is the second year CWONJ has raised funds for the pediatric hospital, and this year also donated teddy bears to the center.

The CWONJ is a nonprofit organization that serves professional carwash operators throughout New Jersey.

By next March, Citgo Petroleum Corp. will cut off the gas supply to 1,800 stations in 10 Midwestern states.

Distributors in affected states have been told of Citgo's plans and affected stations will have to find other gas suppliers and perhaps affiliate with another gasoline brand.

Mark VII Equipment Inc., has launched a trade-in promotional program.

Customers can trade-in second-hand in-bay automatic rollover systems for either a friction or touch-free rollover system.

Mark VII Equipment Inc. of Arvada, CO, supplies carwash equipment to the global market.

The nation's top mechanics reject new recommendations by some that vehicles can withstand 5,000 or more miles between oil changes.

More than 300 National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified Master Automobile technicians were surveyed by Valvoline, a maker of premium motor oil and car care brands.

The survey found 84 percent of mechanics claim irregular oil changes is the most troublesome maintenance issue, while 60 percent said oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.


The Boys and Girls Club of Martin County recently presented the 2006 "Man in Youth" award to Rob Ranieri, owner and manager of Kare Pro Car Wash.

In addition to serving on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County's Corporate Board of Directors, Ranieri is president of the organization's Palm City Advisory Council and has directed expansion and renovation plans for the club s newest branch in Palm City, Fla.

Ranieri owns and operates three Kare Pro carwashes in Florida along the Treasure Coast.

Anthony Flammia, owner of Gia's Mobile Detailing of Long Island and contributor to Professional Carwashing & Detailing®, has been retained by ProntoWash USA to provide consulting services.

ProntoWash USA is a Miami-based hand carwash and detailing franchise.

Flammia has over 25 years experience in the auto detailing and cosmetic maintenance industry, and will be responsible for developing ProntoWash USA's winter wash program and improving the current training program for its franchises.

Autobell Car Wash Inc., the number two automatic carwash chain in the nation, has awarded 30 employees with academic scholarships for use towards college or university tuition.

This year's scholarship recipients are: Daniel Burnham; John Brantley; Josh Faucette; Patrick Ferebee; David Griffith; Cara Gurganus (who also won a $1,000 scholarship from the International Carwash Association); Andrew Hewat; Michael Johnson; Alexander Kaklamanos; Nick Karam; Jessica Kitchin; Christopher Lawhorne; Ryan Lippard; Benjamin Morris; Justin Munn; Austin Neal; Shawn Odom; Sarah Oelz; Lokesh Patel; William Patterson; Steven Perry; John Schlobohm; James Waters; Stacey Waters; Jered Williams; Mitchell Williams; David Wood; Tim Wright; and Travis Younger.