On Wed., June 2nd, we defied geography by presenting a virtual tour of car washes. If we had traveled by bus, our "full motorcoach" would have been on the road for days. Instead, at each stop, professional video camera operators allowed our hosts to provide comprehensive tours of multiple facilities, all in one afternoon, from the comfort of participants' offices.
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Our first stop, Westerly Car Wash (Westerly, RI), was hosted by owner Kevin Yorio and presenting sponsors Washify Systems, represented by Matt D'Souza, and Simoniz USA. Kevin walked us through the wash from the entrance through the 80 ft tunnel and the chemical room. Highlighted features and products included Simoniz Prime pack chemicals and Washifiy POS pay stations.
We then traveled north to Balise Riverdale Car Wash (Springfield, MA) which was completely renovated this spring. Tony DeBarros, car wash manager, Chris Zona of AutoWash Technologies and Jason Hayes from Petit Auto Wash Equipment walked us pointing out all new equipment. The Petit Auto Wash Equipment was perfect for this shorter tunnel, and Petit Auto Prep proved a real solution in a tight labor market.
Next, we Zoomed to a Rainforest Car Wash in Cleveland, OH, where Chris MCFadden of DRB demonstrated the company's newest POS systems.
From there, we returned to New England to visit Casco Bay Car Wash (Freeport, ME), a brand new in-bay facility. The proud new owners, the Dotin family, Drew Dressler of D& S and facility designer, Mike Snow of Maintenance Tech, walked us through the complex which features both a D&S IQ Touch Free Machine and a D&S IQ Soft Touch Machine. A 3rd bay has been prepared for an automatic expansion but currently serves as an express detail center.
Our last stop was Klemm's Express Car Wash (Salem, NH), a 125" conveyorized, tunnel installed by Autowash Maintenance Corporation. Bob Keane of Autowash Maintenance Corp. interviewedTom Klemm, the enthusiastic owner of the new wash, as they walked through. They highlighed the design and all the features which included touch free bays with on board dryers, XRS Air Lift doors, a central vacuum system with 10 free vacuums spots.