In this edition of Market Focus, we cover a television feature of ModernWash, an anniversary, a show recap, acquisitions, a promotion and a partnership.

Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® to feature MetronGarage and ModernWash

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® is pleased to announce an exclusive interview with MetronGarage and ModernWash CEO Timothy Hogue, according to a press release.

Hogue will be discussing one-of-a-kind structures made specifically for cars, the release continued.

MetronGarage is a company that has revolutionized the way vehicles are stored and showcased; the company designs, fabricates and creates interesting, unique structures that serve the automotive industry, the release added.

MetronGarage has built hundreds of retail structures, carwash buildings, lube structures, automotive dealerships and more, the release stated, and the company prides itself on creating unique designs with a cutting edge.

MetronGarage is headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the release noted.

Hogue said that designing each MetronGarage structure is a unique experience, explaining, “First, a client calls in and talks to one of our salesmen. You can start with something we’ve already designed, or you can design something completely custom. My guys will work with them and work on their interests, the type of vehicle, the size, requirements of the vehicle. Then, we start to design the building around that. We’ll also find out about the client. Next, we do initial drawings. Then, the client reviews those to make color choices, material choices and more. Sometimes, this can go very quickly. In a matter of just a few weeks, a client will make a decision and we’ll place the order.”

JL Haber, vice president of programming for Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®, is delighted to feature MetronGarage, the release noted.

Haber said, “When it comes to the automotive industry, there are so many car enthusiasts out there who love everything to do with cars. This includes the unique structures where those cars are stored, showcased, washed and more. And, MetronGarage is a company that’s a true expert in this field. From retail structures to carwash buildings, they do it all when it comes to creating unique structures for cars. We’re so excited to have MetronGarage on our show.”

For more information about MetronGarage, visit MetronGarage.com or ModernWash.net and tune in to Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST and Bloomberg International at 7:30 a.m. GMT, 10:30 a.m. D.F. and 3:00 p.m. HKT.

Kleen-Rite first anniversary warehouse celebration

COLUMBIA, Pa. — Kleen-Rite Corporation celebrated the one-year anniversary of its 102,000-square-foot distribution facility in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 28th, according to a press release.

Members of the community and Kleen-Rite employees had the opportunity to tour the bigger and better facility, the release continued.

The Harold and Judy McKonly Plaque Dedication was the highlight of the afternoon’s events, the release noted; before the unveiling of the new plaque, there were a few words from President Mike McKonly, son of Harold and Judy, and Vice President Keith Lutz.

“We owe all our success to them and their vision and hard work,” McKonly said.

Judy and Harold McKonly started Kleen-Rite over 50 years ago when they began stocking extra supplies for their two-bay carwash, the release stated.

They sold the extras to other locals in need of spare carwash parts and supplies, the article noted.

The new plaque sits outside the entrance of the year-old Mount Joy distribution facility, and it includes the original Kleen-Rite logo, the year the company was founded and the names of its founders, the release continued.

McKonly and Lutz spoke of the plaque and the building as a testament to the success of the company, according to the release.

In addition to the Mount Joy location, Kleen-Rite opened distribution facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2006 and Grand Prairie, Texas, in 2012; these three warehouses allow Kleen-Rite to store more inventory and continue to serve a growing customer base, the release concluded.

ISTOBAL experiences success at the NACS Show

CHICAGO — ISTOBAL said goodbye to the NACS Show after experiencing great success and expects continued growth in the U.S. market in 2017, according to a press release.

“We are increasing year over year the turnover and we continue growing in both the automatic rollover and the truck wash segment, which has incredible potential for the coming years with our new models that have been validated by Wal-Mart and FedEx,” pointed out Jimmy Sisk, ISTOBAL USA CEO.

Through its U.S. subsidiary, the Spanish Group has successfully presented its latest innovations adapted to the North American market at NACS Show in Chicago, the release noted.

During the show, ISTOBAL USA displayed the new ISTOBAL FLEX5, the first transformable rollover in the market that meets the needs of each individual facility, with the ability to respond to increased carwash demands without changing machines, the release added.

Adapted to American specifications, the ISTOBAL FLEX5 is the most flexible rollover available, the release continued; it was developed and patented by ISTOBAL’s R&D department in order to achieve maximum versatility.

The U.S. is a key growing market for the ISTOBAL Group, the release noted; in fact, the U.S. is currently the third-largest export market for the company, with its turnover rising 30 percent last year.

The North American market shows great potential for ISTOBAL, with clear opportunities for growth especially in dealership and industrial wash sectors, the release concluded.

Mike’s Carwash opens second location in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mike’s Carwash is officially open at 1323 South Hurstbourne Pkwy., according to a press release.

This is the second Mike’s Carwash in the Louisville area, bringing the company to 22 locations in total, the release noted.

The new Mike’s is the result of the acquisition of Z-Express Carwash’s Hurstbourne location, the release added.

“We are thrilled to be growing in the Louisville area and absolutely love being a part of the community,” said Mike Dahm, president of Mike’s Carwash. “Our team members make the difference, and we think that an additional location will allow our exceptional customer service to really shine.”

In honor of the opening, the Chamber Jeffersontown will perform a celebratory ribbon-cutting on Nov. 14th at 10 a.m. at the new Mike’s Carwash, the release added.

In addition, the new Hurstbourne location will host a Grand Opening Free Ultimate Wash Weekend from Nov. 17-19, the release stated.

All donations collected throughout the weekend will go to the local non-profit Dream Factory of Louisville, the release concluded.

Proto-Vest announces new president

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Proto-Vest Inc. has announced the appointment of Richard Flores as company president, according to a press release.

Flores will be responsible for Proto-Vest strategy and execution, ensuring that business operations are efficient and that the proper resources, distribution and services to customers are at the highest levels, the release continued.

Richard will succeed Christopher McElroy, CEO, who has worked for the company since 1990, the release added.

McElroy will be assuming additional duties as chair of the board of directors, along with existing board members Kimberly McElroy and Karyn Hopp, the release noted.

Flores’ experience in executing strategic vision will strengthen Proto-Vest’s position as the industry leader, the release stated.

With a proven track record for successfully leading large scale initiatives and driving innovation, Flores’ leadership skills are well suited to lead Proto-Vest development efforts as we continue our goal to maintain and exceed the industry standard by driving innovation, solutions and service to your business, the release concluded.

Mister Car Wash acquires one location in Cumming, Georgia

TUCSON, Ariz. — Mister Car Wash has expanded its presence in the greater Atlanta region with the acquisition of the full service Castle Car Wash location at 1780 Buford Hwy., Cumming, Georgia, according to a press release.

“We couldn’t be happier about the acquisition of Castle Car Wash, given its strong reputation and excellent carwash operations,” said Ben Melendez, division manager. “We are eager to uphold their standard of care and introduce new customers and team members to Mister Car Wash’s service and culture.”

With this latest acquisition, Mister Car Wash now operates 251 carwashes in 21 states, including 14 locations in the greater Atlanta area, the release concluded.

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

PECO Carwash Systems chooses Ascentium Capital for client financing

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — PECO Car Wash Systems announced that Ascentium Capital LLC was chosen as its preferred lender to help clients acquire carwash systems, equipment and parts, according to a press release.

PECO has a global distributor network with hundreds of carwash professionals that provide local support, the release continued; the company offers a complete line of carwash systems that uses stainless steel for the structural components for its durability, longevity and easy maintenance.

“We’re excited about our business relationship with Ascentium Capital,” said Jennifer St. John, sales manager at PECO. “Choosing Ascentium was easy due to their value proposition. They are focused on helping our clients acquire their PECO solution as quick and easy as possible while enhancing an operator’s cash flow and competitiveness. This partnership will complement our leadership as the most helpful brand in carwashing.”

Ascentium Capital is ranked as the nation’s largest private-independent finance company and has an award-winning finance platform, the release noted.

“We’re proud to work with a leading carwash system provider,” commented Len Baccaro, senior vice president of sales at Ascentium Capital. “PECO assists owners and operators through every step in building a great carwash and setting them up for success. We’ll leverage our financing expertise and flexible payment structures to drive this mission.”