In this edition of Market Focus, we cover a Mister Car Wash acquisition, charity drives, carwash construction, a grand opening and scholarship awards.

New acquisitions bring Mister Car Wash to 250 locations

TUCSON, Ariz. — Mister Car Wash acquired three express SuperSonic Car Wash locations in Florence, Alabama, and will now operate 250 locations in 21 states, according to a press release.

“We are delighted to welcome aboard our new team members from SuperSonic Car Wash,” said Casey Lindsay, vice president of mergers and acquisitions. “With thirteen locations across the state of Alabama, we look forward to offering more locations for our customers and bringing them the added benefits of convenience and consistent care.”

With this latest acquisition, Mister Car Wash now operates 250 car washes in 21 states, employing more than 8,000 people, the release concluded.

For information about services and career opportunities with Mister Car Wash, please visit www.mistercarwash.com.

The Wash Tub partners with The San Antonio Food Bank to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Wash Tub launched a donation campaign for the month of September that benefited the San Antonio Food Bank, according to a press release.

Wash Tub customers were able to donate $1 at the register for hurricane relief when paying for their wash, the release continued; a total of $54,038 was raised, including a $25,000 contribution from The Wash Tub.

“We are always committed to supporting our local community,” said Matt Vizza, CEO of The Wash Tub. “Once we saw the demand that was placed on the San Antonio Food Bank in supporting relief efforts all over south Texas, we knew we wanted to help. I am humbled by the generosity of our great customers and team members who made this donation drive a success.”

The Wash Tub presented a check to the San Antonio Food Bank on Oct. 16th, the release concluded.

Autobell® Car Wash Inc. awards 2017 employee academic scholarships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Since its inception, the annual Autobell Car Wash Scholarship Program has awarded qualifying applicants from its employee ranks over $1.27 million in continuing education funds, according to a press release.

For the 2017-18 academic year, Autobell assisted 139 employees in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia with scholarships toward the college or university of their choice, with the year’s gifts totaling $168,500, the release continued.
“When we launched the program in 2000, our intention was to assist and reward dedicated employees who were motivated to further their studies through higher education,” said Autobell CEO Chuck Howard. “We value learning and wanted to offer support to our employees who sought more. We view this program as an investment in our work force and our communities.”

The annual scholarship program is open to current Autobell employees of at least 12 months continuous employment who are graduating high school seniors or have received a high school diploma, the release noted.

The selection process considers each student’s academic diligence and accomplishments, productive extracurricular activities, civic engagement and letters from references familiar with the applicant through school, work and community involvement, the release added.

The application also requires an essay that discusses an educational or creative aspect of their employment experience, the release stated.

“At Autobell, we take great pride in recruiting, training, and promoting the finest employees, and we are delighted with the opportunity to help them grow in other facets of life,” Howard stated.

For a full list of this year’s recipients, click here.

Kleen-Rite Corp. employees run to support veteran care

COLUMBIA, Pa. — Kleen-Rite Corp. is pleased to announce its support for participants in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon, according to a press release.

Kleen-Rite Corp. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Detz and Warehouse Associate Jason Bootie will be joined by teammates Jeff Seibert and Paul Resch for the Oct. 22nd race in Washington, D.C., the release continued.

Detz served in the Marine Corps and is running his second Marine Corps Marathon, the release noted; Bootie, Seibert and Resch will each be running the marathon for the first time.

“We are raising $13,100, which is $500 per mile, to benefit veterans in hospice care,” Detz said. “We are close to our goal and want to smash it. The race motto is to run with purpose and finish with pride.”

Detz and his team have the support of nine veteran and current service members who span all five branches of the military, the release added; the group is serving as honorary chairmen of the team’s fundraising campaign.

One hundred percent of donations collected by the team will be donated to the Hospice Care for Veterans program at Hospice & Community Care in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the release stated.

This program addresses issues unique to veterans and their family members and provides compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual hospice support, the release added.

In 2016, Hospice & Community Care provided services to more than 600 veterans in the south-central Pennsylvania area, the release noted.

Kleen-Rite Corp is proud to donate to Hospice & Community Care and extends thanks to UPS Inc. and every other donor who is supporting these services for our country’s veterans, the release concluded.

For more information on Hospice Care for Veterans, please visit www.hospiceandcommunitycare.org/care-for-veterans/.

Fergus Wash N’ Go under construction

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — According to www.fergusfallsjournal.com, after the Stop-N-Go convenience store chain was bought out in 2014 by Casey’s General Store, most stores were rebranded; however, the one in Fergus Falls was closed down because other Casey’s stores were nearby, and now it is being torn down to make way for a new carwash.

Lonnie Ballweg and his wife, Danielle, bought the property have commenced tearing the building down in order to build Fergus Wash N’ Go, the article continued.

The carwash will have three automatic bays and one self-serve bay, and one of the bays will be reserved for commercial contractors’ vehicles that are larger than average vehicles, the article noted.

Furthermore, the wash will have state-of-the-art carwash machines, one of which will take a digital profile of the vehicle before the wash begins, the article added.

“It is our hope that we will be giving the best wash in town,” Ballweg said.

Ballweg is also the owner of West Lake Resort in Underwood, and he is also a taekwondo instructor at Christian Taekwondo Academy; his and his wife’s reasoning for building a carwash is that they saw a need for it, the article stated.

“We were looking at what Fergus Falls might need and we thought a carwash would work nice,” Ballweg said. “I think we have the right location.”

Ballweg hopes to start building the carwash by November and have it completed by mid-December, weather permitting, the article concluded.

Jensen Motors breaks ground on new carwash

NEW ULM, Minn. — According to www.nujournal.com, Jensen Motors broke ground on a new carwash at 2525 S. Broadway St. near its dealership.

Owner Rick Jensen said it will be a 95-foot-long, state-of-the-art tunnel wash containing neo-tech foam brush materials, the article continued.

The carwash will be able to wash 60 cars per hour, and a prep person will be on-site to spray off bugs or ice from the car before it enters the tunnel, the article noted.

Jensen claimed it will be one of the rare carwashes that is able to clean the center back of a vehicle, which is often the hardest part for a carwash to clean, the article added.

Jensen Motors has been planning the construction since 2015, but it was delayed due to recent road construction, the article stated.

“We anticipate a lot of cars, so we can stack up to 20 cars off the street at one time,” Jensen said.

However, he added, if the wait is too long, the carwash will let those in line use its vacuums for free, the article added.

The carwash is expected to open in late December, but at this time, Jensen is still deciding on hours and pricing, the article concluded; the wash will offer monthly unlimited wash plans.

Hard Rock Rocksino carwash opens

NORTHFIELD, Ohio — According to www.cleveland.com, the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park recently opened a gas station and carwash called The Rock Stop Gas & Car Wash that offers discounts to employees and loyalty program members.

Mark Birtha, president of the Rocksino, said, “We thought people would enjoy a clean car. And on the flip side, who doesn’t need gas? It’s an easy opportunity to reinvest and add jobs.”

The site is 45,000 square feet with a 3,685-square-foot carwash and six double-pumps that include LED TVs, the article noted.

Furthermore, the retail store not only sells Hard Rock merchandise, but it also includes a Pepsi Spire, a digital fountain allowing customers to customize their Pepsi products; overall, there are over 180 flavor combinations and Hard-Rock-flavored slushies, the article added.

Roksino loyalty program members received a 5¢ to 10¢ discount on gas, depending on their tier level, while employees receive a 5¢ discount, the article stated.

The station opened on Oct. 18th, and the first 50 customers received up to 14 free gallons of gas and a free carwash, the article noted.

Cleveland Play House celebrity impersonators pumped gas, the article added.

Weekly carwashes, gas cards and more are prizes gamblers can win by entering prize drawings, the article continued.

The carwash is offering half price washes during “Car Wash Happy Hour” from 2 to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31st, the article noted.

At least two other stations and carwashes are planned at Hard Rock locations, the article concluded.