In this week’s Market Focus, we cover charitable acts, carwash openings, a new hire and a National Car Wash Day proposal.

Carwash owner donates supplies to local school district

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. — According to an article on robertsoncountyconnection.com, over the past few years, Donna Scott, owner of Buzz In Auto Wash in Springfield, Tennessee, has donated tens of thousands of dollars in school supplies to Robertson County’s School District using funds from her carwash business.

Scott recently received the Robertson County Schools Friend of Education award in honor of her efforts, the article stated.

“I have a big heart for children,” Scott said. “If the kids do not do well in school, I don’t want the reason to be because they don’t have adequate supplies.”

According to Scott, she began donating to schools after she heard a third-grade teacher say that one of her students could not turn in her homework because she did not have pencils at home, the article stated.

“I’ve had friends in the area who are teachers and the stories I’ve heard have been heart breaking,” Scott said. “A lot of teachers use their own money to purchase supplies for their classroom or for kids.”

According to Scott, her donations in retail prices could exceed $50,000, but she admits that she often looks for sales and bargains, the article noted.

“I spent more than I should of in 2016,” Scott said. “I’m constantly couponing and buying in bulk. Right now, I’m hearing glue sticks and colored pencils are needed, but they’re only on sale during the back to school time.”

Robertson County Board of Education Chair Connie Hogan added, “Not only has she given money, but she has spent much time and effort as well,” Hogan said. “As a former teacher I know how important it is for students and teachers to have the supplies they need. Many teachers spend their own money to buy things for their classrooms.”

Scott said that when she and her husband, Shane, purchased the carwash in 2014, she decided to help the community in a charitable way, the article noted.

“We enjoy helping these teachers and kids,” Scott said. “We want to relieve the burden teachers have on them when they don’t have enough supplies. They are so grateful.”

According to the article, Scott not only donates writing supplies, but also backpacks and sometimes even food and clothing.

“We hope we’re sending a positive message to the teachers,” Scott said. “Anything I can do to ease their burden I know will help.”

Furthermore, the article noted, Buzz In Auto Wash will be holding fundraising events for the school district, Scott said.

“What Donna is doing has helped students, parents and teachers as well,” Hogan said. “We are fortunate to have Donna in our county.”

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Quick Quack Car Wash announces acquisition and celebrates grand re-opening

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Quick Quack Car Wash has announced the acquisition of Turbo Shine Car Wash, according to a press release.

The newly acquired and remodeled carwash is located at 4331 Elverta Rd. in Antelope, California, the release continued.

Quick Quack will be giving away free carwashes for 10 days to celebrate the grand re-opening from Jan. 18th through Jan. 27th, the release added; the carwash is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Turbo Shine Car Wash acquisition is another example of Quick Quack’s recent expansion, including both new construction and acquisitions in California, Texas and Utah, the release noted.

Quick Quack has 11 new locations in various stages of development in the Sacramento area that will be completed during 2017, according to the release.

“We have admired and respected Turbo Shine and their team for many years,” said Jason Johnson, CEO of Quick Quack Car Wash. “We look forward to providing customers with continued quality, service, convenience, and value as they join the Quick Quack family.”

Aside from the big yellow duck named Quackals, Quick Quack Car Wash is best known for its unlimited “wash all you want” carwash memberships and free vacuums, the release noted.

Quick Quack Car Wash has a track record of sponsoring local events and athletic programs as well as contributing to community groups’ fundraising efforts, the release added, and it is regularly named the favorite or best carwash in the areas where it operates, including being named the favorite carwash on the 2016 KCRA A-list and in Sacramento magazine’s “Best of Sacramento.”

Quick Quack has been recognized and honored for sustainable business practices and water conservation, the release concluded.

Micrologic hires new regional sales manager

RANDOLPH, N.J. — Micrologic Associates, one of the industry’s leading providers of carwash revenue management solutions, is pleased to announce that Jonathan Dibiasi has joined the company as the western regional sales manager, according to a press release.

Dibiasi has over 15 years’ experience in the carwash industry, including owning/managing, equipment sales and consulting, the release stated.

Dibiasi’s focus will be developing strategic relationships with carwash owners and distributors, the release noted.

“Dibiasi is well-known and highly respected in the industry, and we are excited to have him as a part of our accelerated growth,” said Dean Lecky, vice president of sales. “Jonathan’s leadership will be a tremendous asset as we continue to introduce new carwash technologies to carwash and quick lube owners and operators.”

Living Water Express Car Wash comes to Littleton

LITTLETON, Colo. — The newly approved, state-of-the-art Living Water Express Car Wash will open in spring of 2017 at the northeast corner of Wadsworth Blvd. and Coal Mine Ave. in Littleton, Colorado, according to a press release.

“This carwash isn’t just another place to wash cars. It’s a breakthrough in carwash technology, from the building design to the belt conveyor and innovative carwash process technology,” says Chad Roach, one of the owners of Living Water Car Wash. “Our group has over 12 years of experience in washing cars in the Littleton area, and we’ve heard what folks are asking for.”

Roach explains that the new express exterior tunnel carwash can wash a car in less than three minutes from entrance to exit, all without the driver ever leaving his seat, the release stated.

With prices starting as low as $7 per wash and all wash packages including free vacuums and mat cleaners, the release continued, Roach anticipates that many folks will permanently change their carwashing habits after trying the new location.

Customers can sign up for a monthly account that allows them unlimited washes for one low monthly price, and with new RFID technology, this allows customers to drive up and never even roll their window down, the release noted; the RFID system will automatically recognize the customer and direct them straight to the tunnel entrance.

The new STI belt system featured on Living Water Car Wash is the most technologically advanced system Roach knows of, and is the first of its kind in the entire country, according to the release.

“Once the car enters the tunnel, they will seamlessly glide onto the belt conveyor for an experience as simple as stepping on a moving walkway. This will be a huge difference for customers used to the old-style system of driving their tire into a narrow channel and getting pushed through the tunnel by a chain conveyor,” Roach said.

The STI belt system was engineered in Canada by a company that specializes in washing cars from the gritty, difficult road conditions of the Canadian foothills and countryside, the release added.

Roach looks forward to meeting the customers at this new facility. “Folks who come to Living Water will find out that we operate an entirely different kind of business … one built for serving customers so well, they’ll leave anticipating the next time they can have their car pampered by Living Water Car Wash.”

Living Water Express Car Wash is expected to open sometime in spring, 2017, the release stated.

Prizes, giveaways and free carwashes for all customers will be handed out during the grand opening, the release noted, which will be announced on the company’s website at http://www.LivingWaterCarWash.com.

Carwash owner applies to recognize National Car Wash Day

SMYRNA, Ga. — Attention carwash operators, chemical providers, employees, vehicle owners and even potential sponsors: Mark your calendar for our very own special day in the world, a press release stated.

Bentley Brandon of Luxury Wash in Smyrna, Georgia, has submitted to National Calendar Day on behalf of the entire carwash industry that March 24th will be recognized as National Car Wash Day, according to a press release.

This day will be set aside just for the carwash industry and could potentially be one of our biggest and busiest days of the year, the release noted.

But there still a few more steps to make this day a reality for us all, the release continued.

In order to secure this day, $25,000 must be raised, the release stated; each contributor will receive a certificate in their company name and credit on the website for making this day a reality, added the release.

Also, this day will be recognized annually and publicly through national media and the general public, the release noted; all contributors could potentially be covered on local news stations in their area for National Car Wash Day.

The only guideline for National Car Wash Day is that your business be open from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., even if you’re just selling carwash gift cards or vouchers for future visits, the release added.

As stated in the press release, you can donate to the Gofund me account here: https://www.gofundme.com/national-car-wash-day.