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Car washing in West Texas
SCWA has been On the Road Again recently touring car washes in Lubbock, Texas.
Last week, more than 120 car wash owners and suppliers gathered in Lubbock to visit a variety of outstanding car wash locations. The day started with Round table discussions on several key car wash topics including OSHA Regulations for Your Car Wash; Water Conservation in the Southwest; SCWA Water Conservation Alliance; Mitigating Tragedy at Your Car Wash; Self Serve/InBay Idea Exchange; Full Serve/Express Idea Exchange and Questions for Our Car Wash Experts.
Following lunch the car wash tour included Mister Car Wash locations; Racer Car Wash locations; Mighty Auto Wash and Lube; Hurricane Beach and Sudsy Springs Car Wash. For pictures of the car wash tour in Lubbock please visit the SCWA website: www.swcarwash.org.
Special thanks to our Lubbock Sponsors:
Innovative Control Systems – Bus Sponsor
Stinger Chemicals - Lunch Sponsor
Big Man Washes
Lone Star Car Wash Systems
Motor City Car Wash Systems
Meridian Payment Systems
Sonny's Car Wash Systems
Mark your calendars for the next "SCWA - On the Road Again" to North Texas, Oct. 29, 2013.
National Pride acquires Car Wash Superstore
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
National Pride Equipment, which is based in Ashland, Ohio, has acquired the assets of Internet and catalog car wash parts distributor Car Wash Superstore, according to an annoucement made exclusively to PC&D. The Aug. 27 announcement also stated that National Pride has also opened its newest distribution facility in Memphis. "Utilizing two distribution points will strengthen the company's distribution network and offer quicker delivery times to our customers," said NPE Owner and General Manager Trent Walter.
Former Danny's car wash worker confirms allegations
More than 200 people are being told by federal investigators that their identities may have been stolen and used by Danny's Family Car Washes in that alleged immigration fraud scheme. Managers at Danny's Family Car Wash face serious charges. This federal indictment says managers knowingly stole the identities of former employees and used them to hire undocumented workers. ICE officials say they will be sending letters to about 200 potential victims in the case.
Kwik Car Wash raises over $7,000 for charity
Professional Car Washing & Detailing
The Kwik Car Wash chain, with locations in Parker and Littleton, Colo., was able to donate $7,120 to various charities as part of its Wash for a Cause program, a press release reported. "Another year of charity washes has come and gone and we are amazed!" said Kwik Car Wash owner Aaron Green.
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GM recalls nearly 293,000 Cruzes for brake problem
General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in the U.S. because the power-assisted brakes can fail. The recall affects Cruzes made in Lordstown, Ohio, from the 2011 and 2012 model years that are equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions, the company said. It's the eighth recall of the car since it was introduced in September of 2010, according to records compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Auto safety advocates say that's an unusually high number of recalls.
5 ways to manage your time more effectively
By Karen Childress
We've all heard — and probably tried — the many time management tips that have been around for years. These all make sense and can save a few minutes here and there. No doubt, those minutes add up. But if you're busy to the point that you routinely wish for 30-hour days, then you need ways to save more than minutes. The following are five ideas that may sound concurrently radical and old-fashioned, but if you're serious about taking control of your time, give them some serious consideration.
New Cle Elum car wash in the works
Ben Goldie, owner of the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum, Wash., has been providing patrons with home cooking for years. Goldie's new business venture, however, will offer customers a different service — a clean car. Goldie is opening a self-serve, 24-hour car wash on First Street in Cle Elum, right next door to the Cottage Cafe. Construction on the car wash began in mid-June, and Goldie said he hopes to open his new business in October. "There's enough cars in the area and enough tourists that I think it will be really successful," said Goldie. "It's going to be a really good car wash."
Handling bad online reviews for your small business
Small Business Trends
A good reputation is vital to the success of a small business. Today, with so many customers researching businesses online before they decide where to buy, a bad online review on sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Foursquare, Google Places, and even your own social media pages can do some serious damage to your reputation. In some cases, these bad online reviews can end up on the first page of results when people search for your business. How should you respond if your reputation comes under fire and you receive a bad online review?
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Good, better, or best? intuitive wash package naming
Auto Laundry News
Today, banks and private equity are most interested in companies with growth prospects, some barriers to entry, managed by an experienced team, and an exit strategy providing adequate returns for risk taken. Since it takes money to make money, car wash operators seeking funds to accelerate development of an idea should develop a business plan that demonstrates more predictable cash flow and profitability when benchmarked against peers.
Making some effort, but North Texas continues to run the water
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
The Dallas-Fort Worth region is one of the nation's fastest-growing and thirstiest areas. North Texas' water demands are currently about 600 billion gallons a year, and is expected to almost double by 2060, but so far the search for new sources has come up short. Residents and business owners alike say their homes and businesses use about 10 percent less water than they did a decade ago. But the region started water conservation efforts in earnest in 2000, long after cities like San Antonio, which has managed to greatly cut water demand as its population grows, did.
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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