In this week’s Market Focus, we cover a carwash executive being nominated for a prestigious award, a new distributor, a new hire, a business award and much more.

Carwash executive is a national semi-finalist for Jr. NBA Coach of the Year

EAGAN, Minn. — Hydra-Flex Inc. is proud to support its team member, Carrie Berran, in her nomination for Jr. NBA Coach of the Year, according to a press release.

As one of eight national semifinalists, Berran has been recognized by the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx for her dedication and influence on Minnesota’s youth basketball community, is an integral part of the Eagan Athletic Association and is the HR Representative at Hydra-Flex Inc., the release continued.

The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance have designed the program to honor and recognize influential youth basketball coaches and the impressive work they do for basketball around the country, the release noted.

The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Award is awarded to a youth basketball coach in an NBA team market who is making an inspiring difference on children by demonstrating integrity, character and leadership, the release added.

“These semifinalists were selected because they have not only been successful in bettering their athletes on the court but have also shown that their main focus was to make these athletes better people in their communities,” said the Jr. NBA.

Use hastag #JrNBACOYMIN on Twitter to vote for Berran, a carwash executive, in this national competition, the release stated.

You may vote as many times as you wish until May 22, 2017, and the top three finalists will each be awarded a financial grant to support their local youth basketball organizations, the release concluded.

For more information, visit http://jr.nba.com/coachoftheyear/.

Mark VII signs new distributor in New York

ARVADA, Colo. — Mark VII Equipment Inc. has partnered with distributor Carwash Products Inc., which will sell and service Mark VII carwash systems in New York’s Hudson Valley and surrounding areas, according to a press release.

“We welcome Carwash Products to the Mark VII family,” said Rob Raskell, director of distribution for Mark VII.  “They have an excellent reputation for serving the needs of carwash operators in their market, and we look forward to doing great things together.”

“As both distributors and operators of carwashes, we know exactly what our customers need to be successful,” said Todd Mills, president of Carwash Products. “Adding Mark VII to our portfolio gives our customers access to industry-leading technology, and our ‘hands on’ approach to managing our customer projects helps ensure their success.”

For more information about Carwash Products Inc. visit www.carwashproducts.com or call 888-395-5336. For more information about Mark VII visit www.markvii.net or call 800-525-8248.

AUTEC welcomes Kurt Price

STATESVILLE, N.C. — AUTEC is pleased to welcome Kurt Price as manager of the chemical department, according to a press release.

Price graduated magna cum laude from Appalachian State University with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Criminal Justice, the release continued.

Prior to coming to AUTEC, Price served as manager of operations and project leader with Chemical and Metal Industries Inc. in Hudson, Colorado, the release noted.

Kurt’s objectives include:

  • Improving the relationships with AUTEC’s network of distributors and carwash operators, including answering phone calls, returning phone calls, making site visits and site analyses
  • Streamlining the blending of chemicals
  • Improving the repeatability and consistency of AUTEC’s products
  • Improving product performance
  • Improving throughput by implementing changes in internal processes
  • Reviewing costs and pricing to ensure competitiveness
  • Decreasing product lead times
  • Reviewing AUTEC’s Touch Free products to provide the perfect blend of aggressiveness without damage.

Autobell receives Family Business Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Autobell Car Wash recently received the 2017 Family Business Award presented by the Charlotte Business Journal, according to a press release.

The publication’s awards, held in partnership with Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, recognize local, family-owned businesses for overall excellence, innovation, ethics, philanthropy and contribution to the region, the release noted; selections were based on several factors, including how many family members are part of the business, how many generations have been involved and succession plans that will carry the business into the future.

“When my grandfather and father started Autobell in Charlotte in 1969, they had a vision, and they worked together to continually hone and focus the vision that made the company a leader in our industry,” stated Autobell COO Carl Howard. “We strive every day to carry on that commitment to excellence.

“While the Howard family has been at the helm of the company since our inception, we could not have achieved our growth and success without the tens of thousands of stellar young people we have recruited, trained and employed through the years, as well as the vital support of our home office staff members and the dedication and skill of our management team, many of whom have spent their entire careers at Autobell and risen to be leaders in our business. All of these folks are certainly considered part of our Autobell family,” Howard concluded.

First LEED-certified carwash in Texas to break ground

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Windmeer Enterprises, Alamo Wash Systems and Tommy’s Express Car Wash announced the groundbreaking of a new carwash coming soon to North San Antonio, Texas, according to a press release.

This will be only the second LEED-certified carwash in the U.S. and the seventh Tommy’s Express Car Wash joining existing locations in Michigan, California, Missouri and Kansas, the article continued.

The groundbreaking was held on May 10th at the future location of the wash: 23032 N. US Highway 281, the release stated.

The new wash tunnel will be built in the Totally Tommy Express building design developed by sister company Tommy Car Wash Systems, the release added; in addition, Alamo Wash Systems’ proprietary reclaim system will be at the center of environmental innovation used by Windmeer in their enterprise.

Nicolaas Blom of Windmeer stated, “We have chosen to pursue our endeavor with sustainability in mind. Protection and conservation of our community’s water is very important to us.”

Furthermore, the carwash design features extensive bay windows, a rounded transparent roof for natural light and a two-story owner’s tower over three gated pay lanes for fast and easy wash admission, the release noted.

Inside the tunnel, the release continued, a fully loaded equipment package promises some of the quickest wash times in the nation, with a highly targeted application and rinse system; a variety of menu services will be available, including tire shine, hot wax and weather repellent.

The tunnel’s extra-wide, stainless steel arches will allow the wash to accommodate an impressive range of customer vehicles, including large-size and low-ride automobiles, the release added.

Riding on a special dual belt conveyor system for easy and secure vehicle loading, customers will be able to travel from one end of the tunnel to the other in less than three minutes total, the release noted.

Customers also have the option to sign up for a convenient monthly Unlimited Club membership program with several different service levels available, the release added.

These memberships may be purchased and managed via a new smartphone app which will associate the membership directly with the vehicle’s license plate number, the release stated, so when the customer pulls into the carwash lane, a special reader system will automatically scan the vehicle and allow admission at the service level specified by the customer.

Monthly unlimited memberships at the top wash tier are $29.99, while the second tier cost is $24.99 (prices may vary by location), the release stated.

The wash is expected to commence regular operation in October of this year, the release concluded.

Please visit www.tommys-express.com to learn more.

Grand Slam Car Wash breaks ground

CUMMING, Ga. — According to www.forsythnews.com, Grand Slam Car Wash recently broke ground at its new location at 2415 Peachtree Parkway.

The new carwash will be a 6,000 sq. ft. facility that will house the latest carwashing equipment in addition to a gourmet coffee bar, 26 free vacuum spaces and 30 full-service and detailing spaces, the article concluded.