This week, we cover a groundbreaking, hiring announcements, a community initiative, a new opening and an honor.

Moo Moo Express Car Wash announces its 16th ‘prime’ Central Ohio location

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Moo Moo Express Car Wash announced that construction is beginning on its 16th Central Ohio location, according to a press release.

The Newark Moo is scheduled to open in early 2019 and will be located at 1246 N. 21st St., the release continued.

Once completed, the white barn-themed express carwash will feature 36 vacuum bays — 12 more than the nearby Heath location — and a retail office, and it will remain fully staffed during operating hours, the release added.

“Licking County’s reception to our Heath Moo, which opened in 2016, has been phenomenal,” said John Roush, CEO of Express Wash Concepts and founding partner of Moo Moo Express Car Wash. “We look forward to expanding into my hometown of Newark and providing not only the best customer service possible but the convenience of a fast, fun and eco-friendly carwash right on 21st Street.”

Moo Moo Express currently operates in 14 Central Ohio communities, the release concluded; the Bexley Moo opened in September 2018, and a Northland location will open this December.

D&S announces promotion of Christopher Matz

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. — On Sept. 28, 2018, D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. announced the promotion of Christopher Matz to the newly formed position of director of finance and business development, according to a press release.

In this new position, Matz will be responsible for the accounting function for both D&S and D&S Systems as well as oversee margin analysis, pricing, cost analysis, project price quotations and exploration of new product opportunities, the release continued.

Matz joined D&S in 2014 and has served in many critical positions, ranging from training and Odyssey final QA to most recently DBA subject matter expert, the release noted.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and served nine years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear mechanic, the release concluded.

PECO appoints western territory manager

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — PECO Car Wash Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Mann as western territory manager, according to a press release.

Mann comes to PECO from Morton Salt Inc., where she was responsible for a $23 million territory, the release continued.

In her position, she was responsible for managing branded and private label efforts while consistently meeting margin growth and revenue targets, the release added.

In addition, Mann partnered with broker management teams to develop and implement strategic customer business plans that delivered profitable growth, the release stated.

Mann will be responsible for exponential growth in California, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming as well as for increasing PECO’s presence in the West by supporting PECO’s strategic decision to sell solely through distribution, the release noted.

Mann will work with PECO’s current western region distributor network by strengthening and deepening the company’s relationships by providing outstanding support, developing new business opportunities and driving revenue, the release added.

Further focused on penetrating the market and increasing PECO’s market share, Mann will relentlessly hunt for new distribution, national and regional accounts opportunities and expand PECO’s brand across new industries, the release continued.

Mann has over 24 years of territory sales along with distribution management skills that will be advantageous to distributors and end users in securing carwash equipment and implementing standard processes and operations for carwash tunnels, the release stated.

Her most recent experience includes initiating a key account scorecard improvement project and the introduction of new product lines resulting in a 25 percent increase in sales, the release noted.

Mann was able to transition her territory from direct sales force to full line broker/distribution sales while growing sales by 13 percent over the previous year, the release added.

“I was initially attracted to PECO Car Wash Systems because they are a growing company transiting to a business model that I have deep experience working and have had successful results in,” said Mann. “It was after hearing about their strong family history and seeing the superior products they produce I knew it was a company and a team I wanted to be a part of.”

Zips Car Wash launches Drive Clean™ in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Zips Car Wash has launched the Drive Clean™ initiative to Little Rock area high school students, according to a press release.

Drive Clean™ is a student awareness program developed by Zips in cooperation with local school districts to encourage clean and sober driving, and reward those who agree to do so, the release continued.

“The timing of this launch is crucial for us, because we are introducing it on the cusp of Homecoming season and asking students to commit to clean driving,” said Harrison Hemphill, COO of Zips Car Wash. “We want to educate students with safer, alternative options and challenge them to commit to driving clean. In return, we’re offering them one month of free unlimited washes in our Unlimited Wash Club program, chances to win prizes through our social media platforms and discounts if they choose to keep their membership active after the first month,” he added.

Zips Car Wash team members will be visiting high schools throughout Little Rock over the coming weeks during student lunch hours to help students pledge to Drive Clean™, the release noted.

Participating schools will receive a $500 annual endowment to support enrichment programs, the release stated.

“Drive Clean™ is just another way for us to get involved and make the communities we serve a better, safer place to live,” Hemphill added. “We plan to spread the program to students in other cities and states in 2019,” he said.

Zips wants students to consider four easy Drive Clean™ questions as they honor their commitment to always drive free of alcohol or other substances, the release concluded:

  1. Who’s your dependable designated driver (DDD)?
  2. Is there a parent or trusted adult who will come get you?
  3. Can you order Uber, Lyft or a taxi?
  4. What about pooling? Uber and Lyft both offer this money-saving option.

Quick Quack opening new Houston location

CYPRESS, Texas — According to www.communityimpact.com, a new Quick Quack Car Wash location will open Oct. 10th at 9144 Fry Rd. in Cypress, just outside of Houston.

The grand opening will be celebrated with 10 days (Oct. 10-19) of free carwashes, which include a wax, triple foam polish, wheel brightening, tire shine, undercarriage wash and rain repellant, the article continued.

On Oct. 8th, the carwash will host a pre-grand-opening fundraiser to benefit local resident Karen Martinez, a mother of three who is battling a brain tumor.

Funds raised will help Martinez pay for medical bills as she prepares to undergo surgery, the article noted.

The carwash will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9.p.m., the article concluded.

Podium named to the Cloud 100 list

LEHI, Utah — Podium, the leading customer communication platform for local businesses, has been named to the Cloud 100, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, published by Forbes in collaboration with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures, according to a press release.