|CAR CARE CAR WASH|
We opened on April 10, 1989. I can Remember it real well because senior class of 1989 was getting ready for prom
and a lot of kids took advantage of the opening by washing their vehicles for the big night. The first few weeks we didn’t have enough quarters to cover the bottom of the safe, but we kept working with the customers, teaching them how to use the equipment. Soon they caught on.
April 15,2011 the wash was hit by a tornado and we had major damage. We had to totally rebuild. While rebuilding, the wife & I took a short vacation. My worker called and said Kleen-Rite called and said your credit card was maxed out. I called Kleen-Rite and explained the problem . They reviewed our account and worked with us to ship the order, Thankyou, Kleen-Rite, for sticking with us!
|WASH N VAC|
I was introduced to Kleen-Rite in 1994 with the construction of my first car wash. It was a little 4 bay self-serve. I knew then, that Kleen-Rite would be my partner in business by providing me with all the supplies I needed at the best prices. Now, 18 years later, I have 5 locations, 26 self serve car wash bays, 9 InBay Automatics and 29 Vacuum stations. More than ever, Kleen-Rite is still my business partner by providing the best products and pricing in the industry.
In this economy, an operator needs every edge possible to survive in business. I consider Kleen-Rite my edge.
|AMERIWASH CAR WASH|
Sherri & Bob Lennon
In 2004, we built our first carwash. We were looking for both an investment and an additional source of income for our family. A year later we bought our second carwash, Touch of Class. When we started running the washes, we had a lot to learn.
We were purchasing our supplies from various vendors but quickly
found out that Kleen-Rite was the best to work with. We have continued to stay loyal to Kleen-Rite due to their ease of online ordering, availability of products, reliability of deliveries and of course their pricing.
|RUB-A-DUB CAR WASH|
Haltom City, Texas
We started in the car wash business in 1989.
I saw an advertisement for Kleen-Rite in the Self Serve Car Wash News and made my first contact. Since then Kleen-Rite has been our main supplier. Now that the new warehouse in Texas has opened, shipping costs are not a factor anymore. That helps us a lot! I appreciate the guys who respond to my technical questions over the years. We appreciate the expertise and quick call back time
|J&S ULTRA CLEAN CAR WASH|
As a car wash manager I have to forecast maintenance projections, track and maintain resources, and manage several teams.
I must be appropriately prepared with replacement parts and supplies. I am also a site maintenance manager for facilities
that involve our convenience store and express lube. I rely on Kleen Rite for most all my parts and supplies.
Our Mission: To exceed customer’s expectations and to prosper business.
We accomplish this through:
1) Customer Satisfaction
3) Team Work
|MAGIC MINIT CAR WASH|
Our first car wash was opened in 1966 by my Grandfather and Uncle. My father, Alan Tracy, began working for them shortly after.
I worked at the car washes my whole life starting as a boy and then coming on full time in 1999. Eventually we grew to 4 locations
in our area. Working in the car wash business I get to wear a lot of different hats. Whether I am doing manual labor, accounting
or dealing with the customers, it’s the diversity of the job that I enjoy.
We’ve been with Kleen-Rite for over 25 years now. Their
prices are the best compared to other supply companies and we enjoy the personal service we get from Mike and Keith’s team.
|WASH TIME CAR WASH|
After 25 years of owning and operating two successful hotel operations, I retired and moved back home
to Arkansas. A good friend of mine had retired and was bored, so he decided to open a car wash. Shortly
later, I followed in his footsteps to give me something to do in my new found spare time. I built my first
wash and eventually bought my competitor’s location. I needed help in remodeling it and contacted Keith
at Kleen-Rite, who was a lot of help. He helped me get all new equipment and update the car wash. I enjoy
the car wash business, it makes pretty good money and it’s great for a retired guy without a lot of work.
|SUNDANCE CAR WASH|
In 1972, my father, Aaron Hollinger started his first car wash with his partner. In 1985 my dad bought out his
partner and I quit my job at the car dealership to go to work with my dad at the washes. Eventually the business
grew to include 7 car washes and 2 laundromats. We sold off two of the washes a few years back to keep
things more manageable. Eventually my oldest son, Brian came to work at the washes and has been with me
for over ten years. I like the self serve model for our washes, the same goes for the laundrys, we can come and
go as needed at the different locations.
|T.C.L. Car Wash|
New Orleans, Louisianna
I began in the Laundry business with my dad, Dobry. We saw that there was
a need for car washes in New Orleans at that time and together decided to
build one. I did the construction myself. It was a 5 bay self serve and it was
a hit, customers lined up from day one. Over the next 14 years we grew to 2
laundromats and 5 car washes. As I watched and learned, I was eventually
able to do all of my own repairs. I owe it all to my dad for starting me out
and everything else to hard work. I work seven days a week and I haven’t
had more than two consecutive days off in ten years.
|CIRCLE T CAR WASH|
Hooksett, New Hampshire
Our dreams came true when we built our very first car wash in 2003. Our thought process not only led us in the direction of
an investment, but as a way of life for our growing families. We are firm believers in word of mouth and good old fashion
customer service. We strive for perfection and are honest, hardworking individuals. We have 11 car wash locations
throughout New Hampshire. The Circle T Car Wash is your go-to-option for a clean vehicle and a car wash experience
that will make you smile.
Kleen-Rite is a huge part of our success, and has been with us from the very beginning,
on each location we build as well as our main supplier for all of our day-to-day needs.
|JETT EXPRESS CAR WASH|
Fort Worth, Texas
John Unangst, founder and president of the Jett Express® chain of express
car washes, got started in the car wash business with the purchase of
a single self-serve car wash in 1993 and credits the assistance
and advice he received from Harold McKonly of
Kleen-Rite for helping his fledgling business take flight.
Kleen-Rite products and services continue to this
day to accurately reflect the high standards of
Jett Express-The Future in Car Washing.
|PAULS CAR WASH|
After I graduated from High School, I rented a small gas station. I started hand washing cars there using nothing more than 4 buckets, sponges and a water hose. Thirty-six years and five car washes later, I have grown in to the latest technology and the best products I can buy to serve my car wash customers.
I buy my car wash supplies from Kleen-Rite because they provide the best products out there at the right price!
|MAGIC SPRAY CAR WASH|
The Jackson Brothers
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
We built our first car wash in 1993 which included four self service bays and one
automatic drive-thru. Three years later we added another automatic at this same
location. In 2001 we built our second car wash with attached Laundromat with
four self service bays and two automatics. In 2006 we added another automatic
at this location.
Since 1993 we have updated both locations with new equipment, including new
vacuum cleaners, and expanded to include credit card acceptance, both at the self
service bays and the drive-thru automatics. We have just recently replaced both of
the automatic car washes at our first location with new equipment and we are looking
to replace the washes at the second location in the near future.
|SPEEDI CAR WASH|
In today’s economy, an Operator needs to shop and save
money anywhere he can to increase the profitability of their
Car Wash. That’s where the folks at Kleen-Rite come in to
help you become more profitable. I have complete
confidence in the Kleen-Rite Team that when I place a
parts order, that I am receiving the very best
possible price, customer service,
product quality, and selection of parts
for my Car Wash.
Keith, Mike and the rest of the Kleen-Rite Team have done an outstanding job for today’s Car Wash
Operator by offering terrific savings for the products and services they sell. Their online services
coupled with their magazine Kleen-Scene, provide operators the opportunity to save money with their
Free Shipping offer, while providing many educational opportunities to help solve common problems.
Take it from an operator celebrating 30 years in the Self-Serve Car Wash Industry, there’s no better Car
Wash Supplier that will save you more money and fulfill your Car Wash needs then the folks at Kleen-Rite.
|A Better Car Wash|
A BETTER CARWASH first opened in 2005 and expanded to a second larger location in 2009 with Jim
Beetham as the entire staff of both facilites totaling 7 self serve bays and 5 Karcher in bay automatics.
With the number of choices available to the consumer Jim sees the need to stand out as BETTER in order
to succeed in the crowded Denver metro area. Henry John Heinz is quoted as saying To do a common
thing uncommonly well, brings success.
Kleen-Rite helps me to do things uncommonly well and succeed, with better products,
pricing and choices, but even more importantly, with the best people.
|Ultimate Car Wash|
Kerry Dechant started his first car wash in 1996 after 22 years of working for UPS. He currently owns and operates 22 washes
all in northeast Ohio, mostly selfserve/touchfree combinations. My three children, Brad, Melissa & Kevin, have worked in or
on the washes at one time or another since as long as they can remember. My wife Karen has been my right hand through it all,
doing everything and anything. Currently she does the bookkeeping and watches our new Granddaughter, Sophia.
We have been a Kleen-Rite customer since Day 1 and very seldom purchase anything
specific to the car wash operation from anyone else.
|National Pride Car Wash|
John & Charlie Wilson
National Pride Car Wash began in 1982 in Seattle when John and Lynda Wilson purchased a half acre on the edge of downtown Seattle and built their first car
wash. It was then expanded into Oregon in Beaverton and in Hillsboro. Their
son, Charlie Wilson, became interested in the family business in his mid 20’s. He now
oversees the Oregon operations, as well as another facility in Kirkland, Washington. They are also past
owners of Wilson Distributing (manufacture representatives of car wash equipment and supplies in Washington).
The distribution company was sold in 2005. The car washes continue to grow each year even with the economic uncertainty
by always implementing the latest innovations and ensuring proper maintenance and upkeep to keep the wash facilities fresh and new.
This combination with slow but steady expansion has been a key to their model of long term success.
|Shop & Wash|
Always worried that I may be laid off from my job with the airlines, I thought a backup
business would be added protection. In 1988, my wife Kim and I opened Shop & Wash
Car Wash. Our car wash is a family business, our son Hunter and daughter Casey have
grown up at the car wash and help with its daily operation. Our relationship over the
past 23 years with Kleen-Rite has been very special. Their commitment to low prices,
innovative ideas and great customer service makes Kleen-Rite a great company. Mike
McKonly gets his hands dirty every day; I admire his work ethic and family values.
God bless Kleen-Rite.
|My Car Wash|
Dan Aksamit purchased his first car wash in March of 1992 in Northglenn, CO.,
a suburb of Denver. Since then Dan’s “My” Car Washes have grown to six locations
total, north and west of Denver. Customers consider “My” Car Wash “Their”
Car Wash, and come back over and over again for the extra high pressures, quality
products and smiling attendants.
|Aqua Jet Express Car Wash|
AquaJet Express started with the purchase of a small coin-op self service car wash in the fall of 1977. Since then, and 43 professional car care centers later, AquaJet Express has not only kept up with the latest automotive appearance technologies,
but has added additional auto-related services such as express oil changes, interior/exterior detailing, paintless dent removal,
paint chip repair, spray-on bedliners, hand washing, etc. under one roof.
Today, AquaJet Express can perform a number of car care services in a very short period of time. Most of our professional
services require no appointment and pick-up and delivery is available for most detailing services.
|In 1985 Corey Campbell had a passion in high school for auto detailing cars and wanting to be self employed. Corey started a mobile detailing company and since developed his passion into
a small chain of multi profit car washes in Pierce County, Washington. Classy Chassis now offers two Flex Serve tunnel car washes, Professional Detailing, Gift Shop, Xpress Lube and even a coffee drive thru business branded “Classic Coffee” and four self service car wash locations.|
“We are proud to be one of the founding members of the Puget Sound Car Wash Association and have helped with other Operator’s in creating a leader in the industry when it comes to
Public/Private partnerships in educating the public as to
the benefits of professional car washing!”
|South High Car Wash|
In 1966 my parents went to visit my aunt & uncle in Huntington, and got to see their new car wash. Upon returning home, my father asked me if I would help him if he opened a car wash in Morgantown. “Boy Dad, that sounds like fun!” I was 15 years old at the time.
Our first wash consisted of 3 self-serve bays and one automatic. Our vacs were 10¢ for 5 minutes and the Towel Vendor was 3 towels for 10¢.
I have been dealing with Kleen-Rite for at least 30 years now. If it wasn’t for Harold, Sandy & the Kleen-Rite team offering good products, great prices & sound advice, I would not have been successful.
|Mike Amaya - Owner|
I acquired my first self serve wash in 1990. Since then I have acquired five additional self serve washes in the
San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997 I purchased half ownership of a full service tunnel car wash in San Mateo, Ca.
We are planning on opening another location in 2011.
We were one of the first to use Kleen-Rite as our primary source for chemicals and parts in the S.F. Bay Area.
Al Howard of E-Z Clean and I order pallets of chemicals and parts together every spring. It’s become an annual event. With the addition of the Las Vegas location, we are saving an additional 12% or more on shipping.
Rosalio Duque and Mike have been friends for over 15 years. As a result of the experience he gained working
with Mike, Rosalio started his own business as an independent contractor and now maintains self serve
car washes for Mike and two other owners.
|Bob Boardman - Owner|
Bob Boardman has been in the car washing industry most of his life. His mom opened their first car wash in 1967, when Bob was just 11 years old. He gained a great appreciation and knowledge of the business as he worked in every aspect of the wash. Since then, Water Works has grown to three seperate locations.
“This business has been very good to us, and it requires a tremendous amount of effort. Working with the folks a Kleen-Rite over the years has really helped make things easier.”
|Ed & Eileen, Owners - The Palms Car Wash|
The Palms car wash is located at 1317 Middlesex Street in Lowell, Massachusetts and has just recently opened. Customers are very happy that they have a new place to wash their cars and there are constant comments on the wonderful soap. Whether it’s the Tropical Bay Vanilla Shake or the Bubble Burst the scents abound & it really is a wonderful place to wash your car. The Palms originated by the owner Ed who was always fanatical about a clean car. He knew in his busy city & especially at this site that a car wash would be ideal. This has proven to be very true. Ed & Eileen spend a lot of time at the Palms, mainly on weekends.
Simoniz Tropical Bay Ultra Concentrate Self Serve
products fit in perfectly with our Palm themed car wash. Our customers love the tropical scents and colors
and we love the value and performance of
Simoniz Ultra Concentrates
|Craig Holzman, Owner - Liberty Car Wash|
5 years ago, I was in the self storage business. Some development partners and I bought a piece of land to put in more storage units. Well after 17 years of working in a cubicle, I wanted to get outside and thought why don’t we build a car wash instead. So we went ahead and designed and built our first location. Being a rookie to the car washing business, I learned alot from Tom Allen from Kleen-Rite and another car wash owner Eric Clift. Since then I’ve built two sites and love the business. I plan on turning one self serve bay into a full serve truck wash.
|Bob DeHoff, Owner - Mount Joy Car Wash|
I bought my first car wash in December of 1986. The best thing about this wash was that it was located 10 miles away from Judy & Harold McKonly. You would know them better as Kleen-Rite. Starting in any business with the friendship and support of Judy & Harold was 90% of the battle. They saw me through many upgrades, problems and testing times. The Mt. Joy car wash was a gas station. We purchased the property and completely rehabbed it in 2003. We converted the wash to 3 self serve bays and 2 inbay automatics. The convenience store was converted to an Ice Cream Shop.
|We bought our 1st car wash in 1965 when self serve car washes were a new concept in our area. Most people thought they were a fad. We went on to build and purchase more operations to a maximum of 9 car washes by the 70’s. We changed the name to Gold Coin when the new Gold
Dollars were issued. After two years of frustrations we switched to gold tokens. |
In 2004 the management of the car washes was turned over to the talented team of Mike & Toni Lewis operating under the name M.T. Coins.
Our sound principles are appearance and preventive maintenance. Our best impression is made by our foam brushes. Foam is always heavy and we get superior results from Erie nylon brushes. We use a blue color which looks great and it’s easy to make sure they are never dirty. They are replaced at regular intervals so they are fresh and new looking.
|Tyler Harley, Steven Green, Bishop Keith W. Reed and Tyler’s wife, Jackie operate Waterline Car Wash in Glassboro, NJ. They had all known each other for years as they all work together for the 2nd largest church in Philadelphia, Sharon Baptist.|
Prior to Waterline, Tyler was an entrepenuer involved in Business Development. Due to his passion for cars and service, Tyler was intrigued by the car wash industry and together with his wife Jackie, they decided they wanted to open a car wash. They shared their vision with both Pastor Reed and friend Steven, who told them that if they did get involved in the industry to let them know as they too had a passion for car care. They began to visit car washes together in Chicago, Atlanta and Florida to study different car wash styles.
Once they decided on the type of wash they wanted, they worked with a local architect firm to help them find the right location. It took some convincing, but the architect was persuasive that they rehab an existing facility rather than deal with the hassles and headaches of trying to get the proper zoning and such for a new facility. They finally settled on an old run down site in Glassboro, New Jersey.
“The place had a bad reputation,” says Jackie, “They were prepping cars with a garden hose and using their fingers on the end to create pressure. We wouldn’t have brought our cars there ourselves. The place needed a lot of work.”
“We ended up going with Econocraft equipment in our tunnel because we wanted to buy local and have the convenience of their support close by,” said Tyler.
Upon opening, the Waterline team became very active in the local community, joining such orginizations as the local Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and supporting the local Boy’s and Girl’s Club through an annual contribution. They host various fundraisers throughout the year for multiple local school’s baseball, football and soccer programs. They also do charity washes to help raise money for People for People, an organization that helps local people in need.
The Waterline Team stresses that they are extremely service oriented. “It was important to us,” said Tyler, “that we create an environment where the customer experiences the same quality service that we would want to experience ourselves.”
When asked how their background as Christians impacts the way they run their business, Steven perked up and replied “Integrity. We are very deliberate about what we do and how we do it. We are determined not to be slothful in our business, we do everything above board with integrity.”
“Our car wash has been open now for five years,” Tyler continued, “we’ve created an environment where people can relax and know that they’re being taken care of. From the uniforms our staff wears to the relaxing music we play throughout the entire car wash. We offer complimentary Starbuck’s coffee, tea and drinks. On Sunday mornings, the first 50 customers receive a free newspaper. Customer’s became aware that we are Christian owned and hands on operators and that reflects well for us in the community.”
“Currently we purchase a lot of our tunnel soaps and chemicals from Kleen-Rite. We were using another brand but were not pleased with the results. We decided to try some of the Kleen-Rite tunnel soaps and got great results.”
Bishop Reed summarized his thoughts about running a car wash, We are “really pleased to have the opportunity to participate in a small business that helps create employment in the community. I have enjoyed being a part of the initial vision and watching that vision unfold.”
|Growing up as a grain farmer, Brian Oberreuter decided in 1979 that he’d like to take a crack at operating his own car wash. He purchased a gas station and built his own single self serve bay on the site. “It was trial and error in the beginning,” says Brian, “I had no car wash training per se, I just basically taught myself as I went.”|
That was the beginning of Brian’s car wash passion. “The money was good and I really enjoyed designing and building the washes.”
Since then Brian has built or purchased over ten separate car wash locations. “The biggest challenge with running over ten locations is simply keeping everything going and managing the employees. There is a distance of 140 miles between my furthest sites, so I am on the road quite a bit.”
A little over a year ago, Brian’s son, Daxton, came on board to help his dad run some of the operations. “I really enjoy the business,” says Daxton, “It’s always something different. Whether hiring or firing, handling the money changers or placing chemical orders, it’s never a dull moment. Finding the right people for the job can be a real challenge.”
"Recently we added a new message center sign,” according to Brian. “It was a costly purchase, but definitley worth it. The sign has drawn in more business, the idea is to keep the messages fresh and pertinent to our customers.”
Future plans Brian is considering is the addition of friction type automatics. “Currently we have touchless applications in our automatics. Bugs are a real problem for us here in the Summertime and we feel the friction automatics will help us with bug removal.”
“I’ve been ordering from Kleen-Rite since the early 80’s. I have a great relationship with Mike. They are by far, the most competitive as far as price is concerned. And that directly helps my bottom line. We order every couple months,
trying to consolidate our orders for the best shipping deals. I’d recommend Kleen-Rite to anyone wanting to be successful in the car wash business.”
It’s surprising to learn that with the time demands of running over 10 car wash locations, Brian still finds the time to continue grain farming to this day.
|Glenn Anderson was a construction worker who always had to go over to the next town to wash his truck because their were no car washes is in his hometown of Dover, Pennsylvania. So in 1966, he and his wife Joyce decided to build their own car wash.|
“We borrowed very little money when we started, things didn’t cost so much back then. We found a great lot at a good location on the main road and we got our equipment from Bernardi Brothers out of Harrisburg. Boy did the business take off once we first opened, we were busier then ever,” explains Mr. Anderson, “we were the only wash in town, there was no competition.”
Glenn didn’t know much about fixing car wash equipment, so whenever the service guys came out to fix something, he would watch and learn. Soon he was able to make small repairs himself.
“Things were different in those days,” continues Joyce,“we didn’t have change machines back then. We kept a large bucket of change in the office and gave out change to the customers by hand. And if you walked away, once you came back, all your change was still their inyour bucket. Our car wash was very good to us, back then we had to be open on the holidays, our customers demanded it. So on every Thanksgiving we would be open till noon and be busier than ever, then go home for our turkey dinner.”
After a few years the Anderson family bought another car wash located close by in York, PA. Eventually they came to own five separate operations around the county.
Eventually, in 1999 the Anderson’s tore down their original car wash and built a new facility in it’s place. “We wanted to modernize our wash,” explained Joyce, “our wash was the old style car wash building and we wanted to give it a more modern look with all new equipment. Our son Jodie designed all of our buildings himself. He made each one different than the rest. It pleased him to make each location unique, giving each one its own look.”
Today their children help them run the day to day operations. Their son Randy is the mechanic, son Jodie does all the ordering of supplies and replacement parts and daughter Cheryl tends to the daily needs of the washes.
“We used to get our supplies from a local company. Then we got to know Harold McKonly from Kleen-Rite, he was a real decent guy and his prices were great. It became really convenient for us to get our car wash supplies from them. We’ve been buying from them for years and years now.”
“We love everything about having our own business.” says Glenn, “It’s been the best. Every day is different, there is always a surprise.”
| Brothers Mark and Jeff Goddard own and operate Supersonic Car Washes in Ogden, Utah. The original Supersonic was built in Ogden in 1959 Wayne Goddard, their dad. The name Supersonic was taken from the original equipment that was installed in that first car wash. Today they have four full serve and 2 self serve locations and will have over 200 employees during the peak winter months.|
Cleanliness and design are a key factor that makes each location stand out. It was obvious that a lot of care and planning went into the construction and overall theme of the Supersonic brand. Though each site was different and offered different services, the overall theme was consistent, thus creating an easily recognizable Supersonic brand.
“One of the many challenges we face in this part of Utah,” says Mark, “is what is known as Temperature Inversion,which causes the trapping of pollutants in the atmosphere. This causes a heavy cloud of soot hanging between the mountains that just covers everything, cars are just covered in soot.”
The Goddard brothers also invest a great deal of time and energy in contributing to local charities. “We like sponsoring charities, not only does it help give exposure to our business but we believe in spreading good will throughout our community. We sponsor a lot of golf tournaments, bike rides, we participate with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys & Girls Scouts, local schools and the Grace for Vets free car wash day for veterans.”
As far as adding new equipment and features to their washes, Mark says. “We try and stay informed of any new products, trends, and equipment in our industry. We want to stay ahead of the curve and one step ahead of the competition. Recently we’ve added credit card acceptors in our self serve bays and we are trying out several free vacuum stations in some of our locations” Mark informed me. “We also started an unlimited wash program, where customers pay a certain monthly fee and in return receive a card which allows them to wash as much as they like during the month. It has really boosted customer loyalty. We are also planning on adding a couple of Dog Washes in the near future.”
Back in the day, Supersonic used to use liquid spray fragrance in their full service offering. But customers would come back and complain that the smell would be gone within a day or two. “So we decided to switch to the Little Tree paper air fresheners. Customers seemed to like them and the fragrance would last much longer. We began purchasing from Kleen-Rite then because they gave us the best deal on the Little Trees.”
“Well over the years we just started getting more and more products from Kleen-Rite,” explained Mark. “The thing I like best about Kleen-Rite is I don’t feel like someone is trying to sell me something. They are car wash people, and I feel like they are being sincerely honest with me when we talk about my operation.”
|Herman Fortkamp was born in Hiltrup, Germany in 1937. He studied to be a textile merchant, but he dreamed of leaving Germany for a life of opportunity in the United States. He received a sponsorship to come to the United States in 1958. He joined the United States Army in 1960 where he returned to his native West Germany to be stationed at U.S. Headquarters in Heidelberg. Meeting his wife, Marianne, in Belgium, they retuned to the United States to start a family. They raised two daughters, and a son together.|
Herman started a general contracting business, and built many houses, developments, and apartment buildings in the Lehigh Valley. From blueprints to the final settlement, Herman was involved in all aspects of construction. Many times doing much of the work himself. Marianne was the bookkeeper of the business for many of these years. Presented with a unique opportunity to buy a full service car wash, Herman left the construction business to begin a new enterprise in 1984.
He turned his efforts into making the Allentown Car Care Center synonymous with quality and customer service. Ever present at the location, customers knew that their expectations would always be met, or exceeded. Herman went back to his construction roots, and built a 6-bay self service car wash at the location to compliment the thriving full-service. Satisfied that the self serve was a viable business by itself, he purchased a small self service car wash in Coplay, PA after selling the full service in 2000.
Herman asked his son, Glen, to help with the operation of the wash. Soon after, they built a new 4-bay with a touch free automatic self serve wash in neighboring Walnutport, PA. In 2001, they acquired an existing 7-bay self serve wash in Emmaus, PA. This site got an equipment upgrade, and was converted into a 5-bay with two touch free automatics. These three sites comprise the daily operation of H & G Enterprises, Inc.
Glen has been helping with the family business since he was sixteen. He worked at the full service after school, and on weekends. Later, he would take charge of the operation of the self service wash at that site. Here he was introduced to the Kleen Rite Corporation. He was in charge of ordering the vending products from the vast selection that Kleen Rite offers. It was not until after the sale of the full service that he got involved in the mechanical aspect of a self serve wash. He now does all the maintenance, and most repairs at the locations. He relies on Kleen Rite’s catalog, and knowledgeable staff to keep his equipment running.
Since 2000, H & G Enterprises, Inc. has continued to focus on service, and customer satisfaction. Kleen Rite shares this trait, which is why H & G Enterprises has done business with the Kleen Rite Corporation for over twenty years. Glen continues the business lessons learned from his father. He oversees the daily operations of the washes while he and his wife, Gina, raise two daughters, and a son together.
|In 1965, Lisa’s father bought his first car wash in San Diego, California. In those early days, a car wash only cost fifteen cents and Lisa helped out as a young girl by rolling nickels and dimes and cleaning up around the wash.|
When she got older, Lisa married and moved to Minnesota. For years they would come back to San Diego to visit for holidays and other occasions. When her dad began expanding his car washing business, it was obvious he needed some help. The year round warm temperatures were a strong influence on the couples decision to return to southern California after enduring the harsh winters in Minnesota.
In 1989, Lisa began running the car washes for her father while he was busy building car washes for other operators in the region. She learned a lot about running and maintaining the car washes from her dad. “I was a hands-on operator, if I didn’t know how to fix it, I sure learned in a hurry.”
Today, Lisa operates five different car wash locations, and has eight employees. She has recently renovated all of the equipment rooms at each of the sites. “I wanted to have all the equipment, at every location, to be the same. It just makes things more simplified and streamlined when repairs are needed and for ordering our replacement parts.”“My favorite thing about running my own car wash operations is that I can make my own destiny, I can be my own boss.”
“I met the Kleen-Rite crew years ago while attending the Western Car Wash Association’s annual tradeshow. I love doing business with them. They have the parts I need at the best prices. The specials they run throughout the year really help me save money and since they’ve opened their distribution center in Nevada, I get my orders usually the next day. It’s great!”
|Buggy Bath Carwash|
Las Vegas, Nevada
I drive a hummer and have a few hot rods and I always washed them at the buggy bath self serve car wash. Its right across the street from my house and very convenient and once and a while I would see the owners hanging around the car wash and I always said to them “if you ever want to sell this car wash, I want to buy it!” Well one day last year, Mar 06 I got a call from the owner saying his father was sick and they thought it was time to sell the car wash and he wondered if I was still interested in buying it? I told him that I was still interested in buying it and he said “well if you want to buy it, you have to buy it today, because tomorow I might change my mind” so I ran over to see him at the car wash and we went down and opened escrow that day! We closed escrow in 3 days and I paid cash for the car wash and the property. I had never been in the operating room until we closed escrow and man was I was surprised at all the stuff that was going on in there. Well for a few weeks the previous owner came around to help me out with questions I had and problems that were occuring. I had a vision of what I wanted to do to the car wash to spruce it up a bit.
1) I wanted to put an automatic in and I contacted A-OK Equipment and car wash supplies and spoke to Doug “the owner” and I really liked what I heard from him and he came out and looked at my car wash to make sure every thing would work for an automatic and I said “Let’s Do It!” so in Jan 06 the auto wash was up and running and what a great piece of machinery.
2) I wanted to put in a SMOG CHECK Station, so in April of 07 It was put in and once again a great addition to the car wash!
The best part of all is having Kleen-Rite right here in Las Vegas, I purchase all my car wash supplies from them and it makes it very nice to have them so close. Jim and Sandy are great people to work with and as always if there is ever a problem we can get Keith on the phone and it’s fixed! My hat’s off to Kleen-Rite and their people for being concerened about their customers and the way they take care of them!
I look forward to many years in the self serve car wash business and it’s been a blast to take a ten year old car wash and make it new again!
|Top Hat Car Wash|
The location of my operation has been a car wash since the early 80’s under the name of Val’s Car Wash. In 2001, former owner Gary Pagano purchased the wash and remodeled the entire place from top to bottom. In 2002 the operation was renamed Top Hat Car Wash.
I was 25 years old in 2004 and had just graduated from Western Connecticut State University. I was having a tough time finding employment in the business field I had just received my degree in. I had some extra money saved, so I leased the car wash for 15 years. I knew the business really well because I had worked here since it was Val’s Car Wash in 1999 to the date I purchased the business.
Kleen-Rite happens to be the only vendor that I use. Their customer service is excellent and the shipping is overnight
to my district for regular shipping prices. From vending machines to detailing supplies, Kleen-Rite covers all of my car wash needs. The folks at Kleen-Rite make me feel like I’m doing business with Family!
Scott Bristow, the CEO at Prowash, started in the car wash industry when he and his father built a self serve carwash in their local area. Prowash grew from this over 12 years to become one of Australia’s top carwash supply companies. Prowash is Kleen-Rite’s Australian distributor. The company is based in Melbourne, Australia and services carwash customers right across and up and down the Land Down Under.
Prowash is the “one stop shop” in Australia for equipment and supplies, including premium soaps from Australia and the USA . This is complimented by a complete range of vending
products, parts and ancillary equipment. Prowash’s commercial advantage is the combined years of experience provided by its small but dedicated team focused on delivering the best customer service. Prowash aims to do it better than the other guy at all times.
Since it’s inception way back in 1996 Prowash and it’s growing team has had a strong and loyal relationship with Kleen-Rite. The knowledge that both Keith and Mike and the rest of the crew at Kleen-Rite share with us on a regular basis has enabled us to grow successfully and model our business on that of Kleen-Rite. Within the growing carwash industry both as a supplier and operator it is important to have continued support and with this in mind we would like to pass on a huge thanks to everyone at Kleen-Rite.
|Foam & Wash Car Washes|
Red Hook, NY
In the Fall of 1966, Richard and Carleen Baright opened their original Car Wash, a “Purple Parlor” self service car wash, one of the first of it’s kind. It was in 1985 with the second generation of Baright’s, Todd, Gary and Scott that Foam & Wash was born and the chain began to expand. Currently, Foam & Wash operates 15 car washes, 2 Mobil gas stations with convenience stores, 3 Oil Change Plus centers, a Pet Wash, 3 Self-Storage centers and a laundermat, located throughout Dutchess and Orange counties, New York.
Over 9 members of the Baright Family are actively involved in the operation of Foam & Wash. This is one of our unique qualities we are especially proud of!
“Kleen-Rite has been a partner in our success since as long as I can remember. My Dad used Kleen-Rite before I even got into the business. Between the variety of selection and inventory, they always have what we need. The service couldn’t be faster and you can’t beat the prices. We are life-long customers” says Gary.
|Soap Box Car Washes|
The Soap Box Car Wash was built in 1979 by brothers Harry and Ed Hall. At that time Don Fortson was their banker at
Pinnacle Bank and admired the brothers for their work ethic and business sense. Years later Don let the Hall brothers know that he was interested in purchasing their car wash operation if they ever wanted to sell. A few years later in 1999, the Hall brothers were ready to retire and offered to sell the business to Don.
“I’ve been in Customer Service all my life, and the car wash business is no different. Our goal is to make sure the customer feels as though they’ve gotten what they’ve paid for and are happy when they leave. I also can’t stand dirty cars, and it pleases me when they leave clean. A Clean Car just Drives Better”
“We became Kleen-Rite Customers because the previous owners were already buying from them and highly recommended them. I have developed a good relationship with owner Mike McKonly. He takes time to make sure our needs are taken care of. We take advantage of their Soap Specials, and their Free Shipping specials regularly. He’s fair and if we ever have a problem it’s nice that Mike will personally see that it gets straightened out.”
|ASHWA Enterprises owns and operates nine car wash locations in the San Antonio, Texas area. |
ASHWA Enterprises was started in 1991 and has grown from one 7 bay self serve and one 4 bay self serve to seven self serve locations and two touchless automatic locations since its beginning. Brad and Barbara Powell started the business 15 years ago.
We have experienced many changes in the car wash industry over the years and with the great support, innovations and technical knowledge from the Kleen-Rite “family” we have been able to grow and expand the business over the years. We now operate and maintain 44 self serve bays, 4 touchless automatic bays, 57 vacuums and numerous vending machines.
We have the highest accolades for Mike McKonly and the superb customer service and support staff of Kleen-Rite Corp. for taking care of our business courteously, efficiently and on a very timely basis! We go to Kleen-Rite for all our car wash supplies, equipment and chemicals. We always use the best quality of parts in our car washes and Kleen-Rite maintains this level of integrity, which results in success for all!
The Kleen-Rite Expos are super! I attended the first two Expos and loved it!
Thank you Kleen-Rite!
Coin Car Wash.CA
I had been purchasing items for my 1st car wash from Kleen-Rite, but I never thought I would have bought all the equipment from them for my new wash.
I got several quotes here in Canada to supply the equipment, however after meeting John at the Car wash show in Toronto, he said Kleen-Rite would take care of me.
I studied the catalogue inside and out and made a list of
items I needed. The list included equipment, supplies, soaps & vending. Keith gave me a quote I was happy with. I was worried about buying everything without actually seeing the Kleen-Rite operation. So my wife and I drove 8 hours down to PA and met everyone in person. After a complete tour of their facilities, we were impressed and gave them a deposit for our order. We made arrangements to pick up everything ourselves in 6 weeks.
Our next trip back to Kleen-Rite was in a 24 foot rental truck. They loaded it up from top to bottom with the whole car wash.
It took an unexpected 15 months to get our building permit, but as of November 1st, 2006, cars are now being washed. Our first month in business was great and I am sure with the winter salt coming, we will give the car wash a total workout.
We are looking forward to building another car wash and our next trip down to PA. A special thanks to Keith, Mike & John.
Greubel says, “It takes a well trained team to keep up with the challenges of growth in such a dynamic market area. We are continuously looking for and developing new sites. The key to success is to be on the cutting edge of new technology, remodeling, and upgrading. We are always making capital improvements to our washes. There is never a day that goes by when we are just collecting money. We are never satisfied, change is constant. That’s where Kleen-Rite comes in.
I enjoyed working with Harold McKonly, the founder of Kleen-Rite. A great man,we would talk about car wash issues for hours. Now, with the passing of Harold, Mike McKonly has become a trusted friend and business associate. I can count on Kleen-Rite to give me the best products for the best price. They make our constant upgrading and re-supplying possible. One stop shop!
I really don’t know what I would do without them. I enjoy my kids, boating, and motorcycle racing. Kleen-Rite gives me more time to enjoy the important parts of life!”
Harford County, Maryland
My father went into the carwash business in the 1960’s with a two bay self-serve wash in the back of an old gas station. Later he purchased a 5 bay self-serve wash. Even then, before customer numbers and catalogs, we were Kleen-Rite customers dealing with Harold McKonly.
In 1980 I purchased a 2 bay self-serve with a 50’ conveyor automatic tunnel. The location had a mediocre income and many technical problems. Kleen-Rite customer Melvin Keith and owner Harold McKonly gave me a great deal of advice and technical support. Without their expertise, I would have lost my first carwash.
Today we have an outstanding relationship with Kleen-Rite and Mike McKonly. His father would be very proud of him and his operation. Whenever we need supplies, chemicals or parts, we know to call Kleen-Rite.
Some things never change and the quality of Kleen-Rite is one of them.
|Mr. Sparkle Car Washes|
Over the years, car washing has grown more complex. It has changed dramatically from the first four self-service bays that for 35 cents gave you three minutes of soap, wax and rinse. With today’s ever-changing advances in equipment, electronics and soaps, Kleen-Rite has become and ever-important vendor to Mr. Sparkle. One of the goals of Mr. Sparkle is to keep the business easy to run. Kleen-Rite has been an important factor to this goal. Their extensive inventory of almost everything related to car washing and zero lead time on orders has made it possible to rely on them as a key vendor. “Every time we look through the new catalog we find another part that we need.”