Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News & Notes

October 11, 2010

According to Sheetz store Development Manager Rick Simon, Sheetz carwash ventures are at 30 and counting.

The combination c-store, gas station and touch-free carwashes will continue to grow at a rate of about 10-15 sites per year, Simon said.

The newest Sheetz venture will feature a gas station, restaurant, convenient store and touch-less, automated carwash at the Raleigh-Durham Airport.

Fresh off the heels of a successful January convention in Novi, MI, Donnelly Eurich, executive director of the Midwest Carwash Association (MCA), said the MCA is already thinking ahead to its new September show.

Eurich said that the MCA plans to invite franchises such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Subway and Caribou Coffee to the September show, held in Grand Rapids, MI, from Sept. 18th to the 20th

Eurich said the MCA also hopes to improve attendance with the changed date and location.

National Car Wash, a wash chain with over 40 sites, primarily self-service, announced recently that it has partnered with Schneider Electric, parent company of Square D and Telemecanique, to develop a version of a tunnel controller.

The tunnel controller, which was introduced at the Midwest Car Wash Association Expo, will control all functions to include variable speed drives and can be accessed and monitored from worldwide locations via the Internet.

Over 30,000 residents of Ecuador have filed a class-action lawsuit that alleges Chevron Corp. failed to clean up billions of gallons of toxic waste dumped in the rainforest in the country.

The plaintiffs estimate it will cost $6 billion to clean up 18.5 billion gallons of oily wastewater that Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, dumped into more than 600 unlined pits and streams between 1972 and 1990.

Carroll Independent Fuel Co. has announced the acquisition of 70 BP retail and wholesale fuel assets in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan markets.

Carroll will now supply 70 BP-branded retail sites, which will all remain branded with the BP name.

With this addition, Baltimore-based Carroll becomes the leading distributor of branded and unbranded motor fuels in the greater Baltimore region.


Edward F. “Ed” DiNicola died suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday, Jan. 21, while working in his yard in Brookhaven, PA.

DiNicola was a 30-year veteran of the carwash business; serving as Mid-Atlantic Director of Sales for Howco Inc. for the last three years, and also at similar positions with Andretti Enterprises and Sherman, the predecessor of Hanna, during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

“We were very fortunate and proud to have Ed representing us,” Chuck Howard, CEO of Howco Inc. said. “He had a sterling reputation in the industry for his professionalism and integrity, and I learned quickly that many clients viewed him not only as their account representative, but as a friend and mentor.”

Professional Carwashing & Detailing® magazine has chosen Juan Carlos Avila, manager of Splash Car Wash's flagship Wilton, CT, location to receive the coveted 2006 Most Valuable Carwasher (MVC) award.

Avila received full registration to the Car Care World Expo 2006, along with airfare and hotel accommodations courtesy of PC&D. An award will also be presented to him in recognition of his nearly 10 years of dedicated service with Splash.

According to Splash Car Wash’s President, Mark Curtis, Avila is a member of Splash's elite “Top Gun” Team – top managers who serve on an advisory board to executive management and was also named Best of Splash in 2004.

Marty Johnson, president of Stafford Auto Group, Sennet, wasn't shy about naming his fundraiser exactly what he thought it was: a “Crow Crap Car Wash.”

An annual local crow hunt was the inspiration for the charity wash, and Johnson will give all donations for the month of January to the Cayuga County Children's Committee, a group that helps local youngsters with items and services.