CCA Communique
Sep. 30, 2015

Carwash Industry Professionals Gather for Annual CCA Golf Tournament

The Glendale Golf and Country Club once again welcomed members of the Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) for its annual golf tournament held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in Hamilton, ON. Carwash operators and industry suppliers teed off under sunny skies and warm temperatures early in the morning and put in a full day of golf before gathering for the networking dinner. With more than 80 golfers, the 2015 tournament was well received. The CCA Golf Tournament Committee of Mike Dietrich, Brad Goetz and Rob Devlin, all of whom dedicated many hours to making this event such a success, would like to thank those who participated in this year's event.

The prize draw during the dinner reception, hosted by Canadian comedian David Merry, provided CCA members with great prizes to take home. A portion of the proceeds is going to Yellow Fish Road, a national conservation education initiative raising awareness about water pollution.

Other prizes included the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and the Foursome with the Lowest Score. The men's and women's Longest Drive winners were Paul Dishke and Christal Narday. The men's and women's Closest to the Pin winners were Bruce Carpenter and Christal Narday. The Foursome Lowest Score winners were Brad Boston, Ian Richardson, Robert Devlin and Andrew Walker.

The CCA would like to thank its golf tournament sponsors for helping make the event successful. Hole sponsors: Wash Links, Belanger Inc., Pioneer Energy LP, Country Signs, Kesseltronics Systems, AIR-serv and Digital Electric. Towel Sponsor: Mondo Products Limited. More

Reminder —Special Members' Meeting on October 15
Canadian Carwash Association
Two weeks ago the CCA National Office sent notice to members about a Special Members' Meeting set for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. ET. This meeting will discuss proposed changes to the CCA bylaws in accordance with the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Members are encouraged to vote by proxy or by telephone during the Members' Meeting. More information and supporting documents can be found on the CCA website. Please email if you have not received the meeting notice email from the CCA National Office. More

Transchem Inc. appoints Matthew McCulloch as VP, Sales and Marketing
Canadian Carwash Association
Transchem Inc. has appointed Matthew McCulloch as Vice President – Sales and Marketing. The newly created position will be focused on developing and implementing a fresh strategy that will bring together the strengths and product offerings of Transchem. Mr. McCulloch has been in the carwash industry for over 10 years and has held positions in a variety of areas including service management, chemical carwash installation and Director of Sales for Mark VII in Canada. Mr. McCulloch was responsible for leading Mark VII into the Canadian marketplace in 2010. More

Carwash Industry Honouring Veterans
Canadian Carwash Association
An annual program called Grace for Vets is once again signing up individual carwashes in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to join others in honouring those who have served or are currently serving their country. The mission of Grace for Vets, a not-for-profit organization, is to unite the carwash industry each year on November 11. Whether observing Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, the carwash industry unites as a whole and provides free carwashes to all veterans and service personnel. With nearly 3,000 locations participating last year, this year's program promises to be another success. CCA members can sign their carwash up as a participating location by visiting

Car wash owners blame town for water woes
Fairview Post
Lee Steinke, Keith Steinke and Nancy Steinke appeared before town council at the Sept. 15 meeting to ask to have some extraordinary expenses incurred at the A-1 Carwash reimbursed by the town. Lee Steinke explained the carwash had had a problem with inadequate water volume starting in approximately March 2010 when they noticed they were unable to keep up with their usual demand from customer usage.More

Metro Vancouver returns to Stage 1 water restrictions
Effective immediately, Metro Vancouver is returning to Stage 1 water restrictions until October 15th, when all restrictions will be lifted. The regional district says recent heavy rain has helped to replenish reservoirs.More

Couche-Tard rebranding Mac's convenience stores as Circle K
Toronto Star
ay goodbye to your neighbourhood Mac's convenience store — it's about to be rebranded under an American name — Circle K. Since 1998, the Laval-based firm has owned all Canadian locations of Mac’s, which was founded in Ontario in 1961. More

The importance of controller reliability
In the September feature, "Take control for smooth operations," Assistant Editor Maria Woodie discusses how a dependable controller can help carwashes run productively and, better yet, profitably. Keeping up with the fast-paced, demanding carwash environment of today can be challenging. And, if equipment is outdated, this task can become even more difficult to complete. With so many moving parts throughout day-to-day operations, carwashes must take control by installing the latest, most efficient technologies.More

North Korea's booming car wash industry
Petro Plaza
Both forms of car washing, facilities with modern imported cleaning equipment and those who offer hand-wash services, are becoming popular and profitable business in North Korea, reports Daily NK.More

6 factors to consider when selecting a dryer
The Professional Carwashing & Detailing team recently received the print version of the October issue. In this issue you can expect to find informative features on an array of topics, such as doors, appealing to customers’ senses, the 2015 Top 50 list, this year’s Most Valuable Carwasher recipient, hiring and retaining quality managers, interior cleaning and much more.More

Thwart the thieves: Search for security brings additional benefits
Auto Laundry
After two separate incidents of theft that resulted in a loss of $1,200 in quarters, Kimberly Berg, the owner of Citrus Heights Car Wash in Citrus Heights (a suburb of Sacramento, CA), decided that it was time for a change. Berg chose to eliminate the temptation of quarters altogether, and converted from quarters to large, high-security tokens. The tokens not only eliminated theft entirely, but also allowed Citrus Heights Car Wash to accept credit cards and opened the door to unique promotions. More