Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News from the industry

October 11, 2010
Michael Belanger buys out Jimmy Belanger
Michael Belanger, CEO of Belanger, Inc., has purchased Jimmy Belanger’s shareholder stock in Belanger, Inc., making Michael Belanger the majority shareholder of Belanger, Inc.

Michael Belanger said the transaction will provide him with the “required freedom to sustain and even expand the focus” of Belanger’s mission.

Belanger, Inc. manufacturers carwash equipment and components, including in-bay automatic and conveyor systems.

Mark VII appoints new VP of Sales
Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, a global carwash supplier, has appointed Steve Jeffs its new vice president of sales.

Jeffs takes over for Sandy Bass, who is relocating to Dallas to be general manager of Mark VII’s new direct sales and service organization in Texas.

Jeffs was previously managing director of WashTec’s UK subsidiary. Prior to joining WashTec, Jeffs spent 20 years in sales with Jung Heinrich, a German materials handling company. He holds a degree in business management from the Manchester Business School in Manchester, England.

Carwash employee dies at Goo Goo wash
A full-time carwash employee died after becoming entangled in the automatic brushes of a franchised Goo Goo Express Wash in Wyoming, MI.

Ricardo Martinez was closing the carwash when a customer returned to have his vehicle washed again. After the vehicle entered the carwash, Martinez went inside to clean the tunnel and became entangled in its automatic brush.

A customer found his body in the carwash. It appeared there were no other employees working at the express wash at the time of his death.

Police reviewed surveillance tape to rule out foul play. The case has been ruled an “industrial accident” and turned over to the state’s OSHA office.

Martinez graduated high school earlier this year. He had been employed at the Goo Goo wash since March and was a full-time employee trained in the wash’s safety policy.

Goo-Goo Car Wash has 35 franchises, many of which are express exteriors, across the country.

Mister Car Wash reaches 40 locations
With the purchase of Don’s Car Wash in Columbia Heights, MN, Mister Car Wash now has 40 conveyor locations and is the third largest conveyor carwash chain in the nation.

The company is only seven sites behind the second-largest chain, Autobell Car Wash. Unlike Autobell, Mister Car Wash’s 40 locations are spread throughout the western half of the U.S. in nine regional markets.

Mister Car Wash last acquired a store in late 2006, when it was considered the fourth largest carwash chain. At the time, Mace Security International, Inc. was still a viable player in the conveyor carwash market. Mace has since sold off many of its carwash locations.

In early 2007, the Mister Car Wash chain was acquired by ONCAP, a private equity firm based in Canada. The acquisition gave Mister Car Wash a vast amount of resources in order to expand the company.

It marks the 12th carwash in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for Mister and improvements will be made to the location before it is opened as a company site.