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As 2014 comes to a close, SCWA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of SCWA Today a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


SCWA NEWS


Karl Rove to Keynote SCWA 2015 Convention

SCWA is excited to announce Karl Rove will be the keynote speaker during the Monday morning session of the 2015 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO.

Karl Rove — "The Architect" One of the World's Foremost Political and Communication Strategists
  • Deputy Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Credited with the 1994 & 1998 Texas gubernatorial victories of George W. Bush as well as Bush’s 2000 & 2004 successful Presidential Campaigns
  • Current Fox News Contributor & Wall Street Journal Columnist
  • Author of the New York Times Bestseller, "Courage & Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight".
  • Eye Witness to 9/11 and Other World Shaping Events
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Water conservation a priority for businesses
KFDX-TV
VideoBriefFrom March 19: As potential Stage Five water restrictions loom over Wichita Falls, local businesses are being proactive in their efforts to conserve the precious resource. All American Car Wash General Manager Jim Cadotte says his business is leading the way when it comes to conserving water in this ongoing drought. "We are looking constantly for ways to improve our business," said Cadotte. "We believe in being good stewards of the rescue of water in our community."
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Racer Classic Car Wash opens new location, wins award
KCBD-TV
From March 12: The owners of Racer Classic Car Wash are pleased to announce the grand opening of their new full-service, complete detail facility location at 4th & Frankford on Friday, March 14. This is the 4th location in the expanding franchise, adding to their original 50th & Detroit full-service facility, 74th & University and their Overton location at 1710 Mac Davis Lane. And to top it off, Racer Classic Car Wash was recently named the SCWA 2014 Conveyor/Express of the Year. The award was presented at ceremonies during the 2014 SCWA Convention & Car Wash EXPO held in Arlington, Texas.
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Car wash still booming despite water contingency plan
KJTV-TV
From April 2: The words drought and car wash don't often compliment of each other, but you'd be surprised how efficient using a car wash is, even with the current water restrictions. "We use less water than hotels, we use less water than a lot of restaurants and here we are, just because we have the word 'washing' and we're using water, people are throwing rocks at us. Whereas we can actually save the city water by washing cars here versus washing cars in someone's driveway," explained Racer Car Wash owner Scott Hicks.
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Woman sues after her car is struck in car wash
The Southeast Texas Record
From Jan. 29: A Village Mills resident is suing after sustaining injuries and damages when her vehicle was struck in a car wash. Doris Bertrand filed a lawsuit Jan. 6 in Jefferson County District Court against Nancy McComas Doiron and Devil River Inc., doing business as Bay Bright Car Wash and Detail Center. The complaint states on May 21, 2012, Bertrand was injured when Doiron struck her vehicle while she was halfway through the car wash.
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Controversial car wash has police presence
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
From June 11: Jim's Car Wash is normally busy on Sunday afternoons, but not in June, when it had a number of cops at the location, according to the Dallas Observer. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has been involved in a protracted fight with the owners of the wash, Freddy and Dale Davenport. The dispute centers on a belief by some that the business is not completely legitimate, while the Davenports claim to be oppressed by city officials.
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City asks car wash to close twice a week
Olney Enterprise
From June 18: Olney's car wash will soon be closed two days a week in order to match restrictions recently set forward by the city of Wichita Falls. Olney remains in its fourth and most restrictive drought phase, but changes were made to the variance granted to the Olney Car Wash when Phase Four was implemented in February 2013.
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A preventative maintenance schedule for in-bay automatics
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
From Feb. 26: If a car wash owner or operator is planning on maintaining their own equipment, it is suggested to keep good records of all the part numbers with the date when it was replaced along with any special notes on how it was done. Looking back on this type of information when the need arises again, can prove to be invaluable when you can’t reach anyone by phone for technical assistance on a Saturday morning when things are busy.
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Cameras capture thieves burglarizing Bexar County, Texas, car wash
KSAT-TV
From Sept. 10: Bexar County sheriff's investigators are hoping surveillance video will help them find the two thieves responsible for ransacking and taking thousands of dollars worth of cash from the Pirate Coves Car Wash on the Northwest Side. "The biggest hassle is (that) we come in this morning and we had to get the computer networks back up and tried to get the business back up and running. They made a colossal mess," said owner Kevin Chandler.
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Parched Texas city hopes water additive will cut lake evaporation
The Associated Press via CBS News
From Aug. 6: A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply. The hope is that adding a biodegradable palm oil-and-lime-based product on the surface of a lake that's the city's primary water supply will cut the evaporation rate of 40 million gallons a day by at least 10 percent, Russell Schreiber, the city's director of public works, said.
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Make these 4 mistakes and the government may be calling on you
Small Business Trends
From June 4: Barry Moltz writes, "I can still remember the day the Department of Revenue shut my company down. It seems that we had not done a timely job of remitting the sales tax that we had collected from our customers and this government agency wanted their money. It was a similar story when the IRS was concerned that we were not remitting employees' collected payroll taxes in a timely period of time. This situation happened because as a new owner – I did not know all my tax responsibilities." The following are four mistakes that can get the government calling on you and maybe even putting you out of business.  
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