Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News & Notes

October 11, 2010
Dosatron International, Inc. has named Gary Berglund as vice president of Western market sales.

Berglund brings with him a wealth of experience which includes 20 years in the Air Force. Most recently he was a master distributor for Dosatron in the Pacific Northwest.

Dosatron International, Inc. is a manufacturer of water-driven, proportional chemical injectors.

ERC Wiping Products, Inc., distributor of carwash towels, has named Valerie Sweeney and Chris Spagone as vice presidents.

Sweeney, a 12-year employee of ERC, was formerly the director of marketing and sales.

Spagone was previously the director of warehousing and distribution. He has been with the company for 10 years.

ERC Wiping Products, Inc. supplies carwash and detail centers across the country with body, window, detail, and microfiber towels.

Unitec Electronics has hired Mary Madden as marketing manager. Madden will primarily promote Unitec’s products and services to distributors and end users across the nation.

Madden joins Unitec with more than 12 years of professional marketing experience, including high-tech products, insurance and health care services. Prior to Unitec, she worked for a Baltimore health care services company promoting a pilot program in Tennessee.

OPW Fueling Components, a manufacturer of commercial and retail fueling equipment, has named Brandon Grote product manager of its OPW Dispensing Products division.

Grote will be responsible for new product development, product rationalization and product marketing.

OPW Fueling Components, founded in 1892, manufactures dispensing products, environmental systems, fuel management systems, and clean energy fueling products.

Yokohama Tire Corp. has named Rex Simpson, a veteran automotive administrator, as its new vice president of administration. He will work in the corporation’s Fullerton, CA, headquarters.

Yokohama Tire Corp. is a company working under the Tokyo-based Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., and offers high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, off-the-road mining and construction application tires.

In Other News
Key Bridge Partners, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based private investment firm has acquired Magic Wand, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of self-serve and in-bay automatic carwash equipment, according to a company press release.

Bill Daugherty, president of Magic Wand, will continue on in that role.

Magic Wand was founded in 1962 and opened a self-serve carwash on Thanksgiving Day of that year. In 1965, the company moved its headquarters from Tulsa, OK, to Bristol, VA, where it remains today.

Financial details of the acquisition were not released.

SAFETVEYR, a manufacturer of flat belt, moving floor conveyors, has received a U.S. patent for all moving floor conveyor technology designed for carwashes. The 50-foot moving floor conveyor format is 30 inches in width and removes the need for correlators or guide rails.

SAFETVEYR has applied for a patent protection worldwide. The company makes a similar product for the detailing industry.

SAFETVEYR has a patent pending for its INBAY EXPRESS, a combination of its moving-floor conveyor system and its in-bay automatic rollover carwashing system.

Grundfos Pumps, a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps, has won a lawsuit against Laing Thermotech involving two patents Grundfos held. Laing is a manufacturer of fractional horsepower pumps, flow-through heaters, and hydronic heating components.

Grundfos filed a patent infringement action against Laing in August, alleging Laing manufactured and sold its Autocirc2 system which incorporated a water pump and bypass valve combination that infringed on the patents-in-suit.

Laing has acknowledged its manufacture, use, sale and offer for sale in the United States of its Autocirc2 System infringed claims of U.S. patent Nos. 6,536,464 and 7,073,528.

The entire court order can be found on the company’s website under Grundfos News Headlines.

The Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA) is raffling off a trip, including airfare, registration, and hotel accommodations, to the Car Care World Expo in Orlando, FL, being held this April.

The trip will be raffled off at the Association’s 19th Annual Mini Expo being held March 5 in Cromwell, CT.

Association President Dan Petrelle said, “We really wanted to make the event standout this year and with the ICA show just around the corner, it made sense to entice people to the show with a really great giveaway.”

The Mini Expo, which will feature approximately 40 vendors, is a great networking opportunity, according to Petrelle who said, “It’s a great opportunity to get out and talk to operators in your market … You don’t want to miss this event — you could be going to Orlando on the CCA!”