Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News & Notes

October 11, 2010

Diann Roffe, an Olympic Gold medalist, is now director of business development for Cloister Wash & Lube, a chain of four full-service carwash locations in Pennsylvania.

Roffe competed in three Olympic Games for the United States, winning a Gold medal in Alpine Skiing in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994, and a Silver medal in Albertville, France in 1992.

Roffe has an extensive background in corporate speaking, community relations and marketing.

Christopher Hovinga, previously a manager and sales coach for WebMD and Dell computer systems, is now Sales Manager of the southeastern U.S. region for Tommy Car Wash Systems.

Hovinga will be responsible for the management of more than 10 regional sales representatives, and head up the special projects division, as well as take on responsibilities with the new Tommy Building System.

Tommy Car Wash Systems manufactures tunnel car wash equipment in partnership with A.V.W. Equipment Company.

Bill Schneider has been elected to the Board of Directors of Microprecision Electronics Inc., the US subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of industrial electromechanical switches.

Schneider previously held the position of CEO at TURCK Inc., headquartered in Plymouth, MN, an industry leading manufacturer of automation sensors and controls equipment.

Microprecision, based in Bloomington, MN and a manufacturer of sealed position switches, is increasing its presence in the United States by extending its sales representation and distribution network


Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, introduced Mark VII financial services at the Western Carwash Association Trade Show.

Mark VII financial services offers traditional financing for real estate acquisition, construction, equipment purchases and business refinancing. A wide variety of leasing programs are available for new sites or reloads.

Belanger, Inc., carwash products manufacturer, has appointed Southern Pump and Tank Company (SPATCO) as its preferred general distributor for Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

SPATCO’s carwash division is a full-service Belanger distributor offering in-bay automatic, drive through tunnel, conveyorized tunnel, and large vehicle wash equipment.

Jim Coleman Company, a manufacturer of carwash equipment, held a grand opening for its new product, Mr. Zippy’s Express Ice and Water House, at its company headquarters in Houston, TX.

Mr. Zippy’s Express Ice and Water House is a freestanding kiosk that can deliver both purified ice and water in a coin operated vending machine.

Good Water Warehouse, Inc., a supplier of water softeners and filter components to the carwash industry, will open a new Ontario Canada Facility in Newmarket.

The company, headquartered in Fullerton, CA, also announced that Brian Mills, formerly of Fresh Water Industries, will join the management team as branch manager.

Mills will be joined by George Meek, also formerly of Fresh Water Industries as warehouse supervisor. Meek and Mills will form the management nucleus for the new Eastern Canada sales/distribution center.


Northeast show nearly breaks record
The 18th Annual Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), held Oct. 15-17 at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, came in just 15 persons shy of the event’s record attendance of 1,735 in 2003.

The annual event featured an array of valuable seminars, a world-class keynote speaker and an opening night event that was “extremely impressive,” according to Dan Petrelle, this year’s chairperson and president of the Connecticut Carwash Association.

Next year’s show is slated for October 27-29, at the Borgata.

Petrelle presented Bill Gorra, of Simoniz USA, with the 2007 Most Distinguished Person award and Sonny’s with the 2007 Best Exhibitor Display after the keynote address. (Sonny’s also won an award for best exhibitor display at the 2007 Western Carwash Association Show and Expo, earlier this month.)

International Carwash Association President Frank Lash also spoke to the group.

GA operators form association
In late October, several area carwash distributors agreed to form and join a state association, Georgia Association of Car Washes, which will focus its energies on the state’s drought crisis. Future discussions will determine whether or not the association continues beyond the immediate crisis.

Carwash operators and vendors that were part of the association met with Bill Sartur, a former president of the International Carwash Association, to discuss the state’s drought and also to prepare themselves for a meeting with Carol Couch, director of the state’s Environmental Protection Department.

The meeting with Bill Sartor gave operators a chance to ask Sartor questions about his experience with drought in San Antonio, TX.