Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News & Notes

October 11, 2010

The Professional Detailing Technician’s Association (PDTA), Hamilton, NJ, has announced that a health benefits plan is now in place for its members.

Benefits are provided through Overland Park, KS-based AssociationPros. The plan includes dental, vision, disability income and critical illness, along with retirement and financial services.

Rowafil Waterrecycling, Overloon, Netherlands, a manufacturer of biological reclaim systems for the carwash industry, will be expanding with a new larger location.

Rowafil will move its headquarters from Overloon to Venray, a city three miles south of its present location. The new facility will house a 2,700-square-foot entrance/showroom, offices spanning 19,400-square-feet, and a warehouse/factory of 13,000-square-feet.

This year when college students arrive on campus they may be greeted by Car-Freshner's products.

Approximately 38,000 "Little Trees" will be distributed to students through the Good Stuff program now in its 28th year, the longest-running program for delivering free product samples to college students.

International Lubricants, Inc. (ILI), Seattle, announced the launch of its fifth ALL-STAR contest with a chance for installers to enter to win prizes.

The prize offering includes new apparel, and fun items such as poker tables, playing cards and chips, dart boards, etc., not to mention Visa® Gift Cards.

Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, a supplier of sensor technology for carwashing, recently received the Export Achievement Certificate from the United States Commercial Service.

The Export Achievement Certificate recognizes small and medium-sized businesses that have successfully entered the international marketplace for the first time or entered a new market. The US Commercial Service is the global business solutions unit of the United States Department of Commerce.

BP Lubricants USA Inc., marketer of Castrol lubricants and business-building programs, announced the launch of the Castrol®MediaBuilder™, an interactive web program for installers to create customized advertising and promotional materials.

Shareholders of oil and gas company Unocal Corp. formally voted to accept a takeover bid by Chevron Corp.

The approval of the approximately $18 billion purchase of the world's ninth-largest oil company follows months of negotiations and a high-profile courtship from CNOOC Ltd., a Chinese oil company that hoped to secure energy resources needed to accompany its country's rapid economic growth.

Chevron said the acquisition would add to earnings in 2006. The combined companies will produce the equivalent of 2.8 million barrels of oil-per-day and the acquisition will increase Chevron's reserves by about 15 percent.

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Robert M. Craycraft has been named senior vice president and general manager of Valvoline's Retail/DIY (do-it-yourself) business.

In his new position, Craycraft is responsible for sales and marketing of all Valvoline brands and products to consumers in North America primarily through mass merchandisers, auto parts retailers and warehouse distributors.

Craycraft joined Valvoline's parent company Ashland in 1992. During his career he has held various sales and leadership positions, including general manager of Valvoline's Eagle One business and vice president and general manager of the North American Distributor Group.

Chuck Delaney, well-known member of the New England carwash community and owner of the Allston Car Wash, has been chosen to be WashUSA's newest regional director.

The one-day fund-raiser to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America has been appointing regional directors this year to help rally support for the September 24 event. The grassroots efforts' success depends on a strong network of "supporters" across the country.

Soldiers, or their spouses, who bring in their deployment papers to Emerald Car Wash locations in Greenwood and Newberry, SC, can now receive one free carwash as part of a program set by owner Heath Davis.

Davis said that the program was set up to show gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices American men and women are making to protect the country's freedom