For over 29
years Super Wash, Inc. has been revolutionizing the combination
self-serve and brushless automatic car wash industry with exceptional
service and equipment, and a corporate philosophy that makes a
positive impact on people's lives. As the nation's premier turnkey
car wash opportunity, Super Wash is in a position to offer a select
few individuals a unique business opportunity.
company, Super Wash, Inc., headquartered in Morrison, Illinois,
has built hundreds of facilities from the ground up. Currently,
there are approximately 350 Super Wash® car wash locations
in 21 states.
become a part of Super Wash, you're investing in your future.
Consider the facts:
Low overhead – only 2 to 4 employees and no accounts receivable
(everything is paid for before customers receive services) are
necessary - makes Super Wash a solid business opportunity.
Super Wash is a turnkey opportunity. Our staff of accountants,
real estate specialists, marketers, managers, construction and
service personnel (most of whom own their own Super Wash facilities!),
will go the extra mile to assist you with your new Super Wash
car wash. From site location and building construction, to installation
of the equipment for your new wash, we'll give you guidance as
a new operator, and our support doesn't end when we hand you the
keys. We'll train you and your employees on how to manage your
new business, as well as offer you technical services and advertising
Super Wash is a business with integrity. It is our sincere desire
to see our franchisees succeed. That's why we don't just seek
out owners, we seek out special, "right-hearted" individuals
who embrace our philosophy to "meet and greet each customer
with a glad heart and make a positive difference in their day."
We base our business on hard work and honesty. That's the bottom
SUPER WASH STORY
Wash story is truly the "Cinderella story" of a determined
young couple from Morrison, Illinois, $17.42, and a dream that
It was the
mid-70s and Bob Black, a teacher, and his wife Mary, a radiology
secretary, were looking for a way to supplement their income during
Bob's summer breaks. Mary had become interested in the self-serve
car wash business, and mentioned it as an option for their new
business venture. Bob, however, had doubts about the idea. He
felt that there wouldn't be enough profit in a business that ran
on quarters alone.
But in the
summer of 1975, Bob had an experience that changed his view of
the car wash business forever.
After a long
day of drying off cars at a church fundraiser, Bob ended up helping
the owner of the wash empty his safes. "From the time I lifted
my first five-gallon bucket of quarters, I was hooked on the car
wash business!" Bob says with a smile.
decision made to pursue the car wash business, Bob and Mary came
up with a plan of action. They designed building plans, calculated
costs and income, and went to the bank for a loan; but the bank
wasn't quite ready for this enthusiastic couple. With no collateral
of any sort and just $17.42 in their checking account, they were
the story doesn't end here. Thirteen tries, and thirteen lending
institutions later, Bob and Mary finally heard a "yes!"
In July of
1976, a bank finally put its trust in the Blacks and their dream.
With help from Bob's father, Buryl, the Blacks' first car wash
was under construction that fall, and opened on November 26th
amidst one of the coldest winters in Illinois history. But despite
the weather, this lone car wash on the edge of town, appropriately
named Town's Edge Car Wash, was a booming success! Six years and
five car washes later, the Blacks incorporated as Super Wash,
Inc., and were on their way to owning all or part of the 155 Super
Wash facilities they own today.
Wash, Inc. is a turnkey car wash
opportunity, our staff is prepared to handle your needs –
both big and small. Every day we strive to do our best to ensure
that your exciting new business venture gets off to a successful
start and continues on the road to prosperity.
and zoning issues to training new operators, ordering equipment
and even assisting you with your grand opening, our knowledgeable
and dedicated staff is able and willing to help prepare you for
Development team of Bob Black, Susan Black-Beth, Julie Brown and
Don Dowd, have made contact with thousands who are interested
in joining the Super Wash family. Each year they personally meet
with new client groups at our headquarters in Morrison.
We find that people learn about us primarily in one of two ways
- some contact us after using a Super Wash car wash and liking
the product - others discover us through current franchisees,
or from someone who knows our story and shares the good news.
Either way, it's evident that the word about us continues to spread
and we continue to grow.
Our Real Estate
Department is primarily responsible for securing sites for new
Super Wash development, their responsibilities also include assisting
prospective new operators with development of private sites. We'll
help you with:
• Site selection and approval
• Land contracts
• Site plans
• Topographical surveys
• Architectural blueprints
• EPA clearance
• State and local governmental approvals
• Total project cost estimates
has served as the general contractor for the construction of over
600 car washes. We provide job site supervisors who will be at
your construction site daily, and will monitor the progress of
the building laborers to ensure quality construction in a timely
manner. Super Wash generally subs out the plumbing, electrical,
excavation and paving work. Our personnel typically do all building
layout, floor preparation, masonry and roof work. We always install
and test the equipment, and offer training on its proper use.
offers management services to outside operators on a very limited
basis. For 15 years we've been managing washes for absentee owners.
Currently, we manage 170+ facilities across the country. For a
percentage of the gross revenue, our very capable staff handles
the hiring and training of wash staff, bookkeeping, auditing,
and day-to-day operations.
provides advertising assistance to each of our washes. We provide
Super Wash franchisees with a media kit including newspaper ads,
radio commercials, and other helpful ideas for successful promotions.
We also hold
an annual National Holiday Promotion that has proven to be extremely
PARTS AND SERVICE
Wash Parts and Service Department carries parts and provides troubleshooting
expertise to all Super Wash facilities. Our parts department carries
an inventory of replacement and maintenance parts, promotional
items, and Super Wash clothing. On a typical day we ship from
60 to 100 parcels and other items to Super Wash car washes across
the country. As an additional service to our franchisees, we offer
a rental program that often saves them from purchasing major spare
parts while a warranty exchange is in process. Our service technicians
are available by phone 7 days a week – even on Thanksgiving,
Christmas, New Year's and Easter.
THE POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
Inc.'s success is not just the result of business savvy –
it's also the result of dedication, hard work and honesty.
Get up every
morning and utilize every ounce of our God-given talent to make
a positive difference in other people's lives.
Meet and greet
each customer with a glad heart and make a positive difference
in their day.
person you come in contact with exactly the way you would want
your own mom or dad treated.
quality Super Wash facilities for as many right-hearted people
as we can.
Super Wash, Inc. “become all it is supposed to be”
while never taking advantage of anyone along the way.
matter how many Super Wash car washes we build, it is our desire
that they all be successful.
As a family-owned
and operated business, Super Wash has an advantage that other
companies do not - having leadership that has literally "grown
up" with the company.
It is through
understanding and a dedication to excellence, that Super Wash
has become what it is today. Our leaders live by the Super Wash
philosophy to "Meet and greet each customer with a glad heart
and make a positive difference in their day." We look to
attract enthusiastic, right-hearted people – much like ourselves
– to become future Super Wash operators.
MEET OUR LEADERS
Mary K. Black
has served as Vice President, Secretary, Director and Chairman
of the Board since our inception in March 1982. Since 1981, she
has also been the Vice President, Secretary, and Director of Town's
Edge Car Wash, Inc. in Morrison, IL.
Black has held the positions of President, Treasurer, Director,
and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in March 1982.
He also has been the President, Treasurer, and Director of Town's
Edge Car Wash, Inc. in Morrison, IL, since 1981.
R. Black is a certified public accountant and has served as a
Vice President since January 1998. From June 1997 to January 1998,
she served as Assistant to our Chief Operating Officer, and in
March 2001 she was named Chief Operating Officer.
Vogel is a certified public accountant and has served as a Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer since July 1994. Prior to
being employed by Super Wash,Inc., Mr. Vogel was managing partner
of Clifton Gunderson accounting firm and was the partner in charge
of the Super Wash audit.
Hermes is our Senior Vice President. A certified public accountant,
Mr. Hermes has served as an officer since February 1989. He previously
served as a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer,
and as a Vice President.
Black-Beth has served as Director of Franchising since November
2000. She was named a Senior Vice President in May 2005. Susan
is a Certified Franchise Executive, serves on the International
Franchise Associations Women’s Franchise Committee and is
the co-chair of the Chicago Women’s Franchise Network.
and National Press
Franchise Times magazine's “Fast 55” #2 –
recognized for being the #2 fastest growing franchise concept
across all industries. This recognition is for franchisors who
have been offering franchises for five years or less.
2004 - Entrepreneur
magazine’s “Franchise 500” #131 (as released
in the January 2004 issue).
Franchise Times’ “Fast 55” #1 –
recognized for being the fastest growing franchise concept across
all industries. This recognition is for franchisors who have been
offering franchises for five years or less.
Entrepreneur magazine’s “Simply the Best”
– recognizing Top 111 industry leading companies for having
the best concept, the best training, the best support, and the
best start-up package. Super Wash recognized as the “Best
of the Best” in the Miscellaneous Auto Products & Services
category. Other companies recognized in the automotive industry:
Maaco Auto Painting & Bodyworks; Jiffy Lube Int’l Inc.;
J.D. Byrider Systems, Inc.; Big O Tires, Inc.; AAMCO Transmissions,
Inc.; Novus Auto Glass; Midas Auto Service Experts.
Entrepreneur magazine’s “The Race Goes to
the Swift” #76 fastest-growing franchise.
Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 20 New Franchises”
#6 (based on “Franchise 500” ranking as released in
the January 2004 issue).
2003 – Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise
500” #110 (as released in the January 2004 issue).
Entrepreneur magazine’s “All New” –
recognized as one of 66 fresh opportunities.
Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 25 New Franchises”
#14 (based on “Franchise 500” ranking).
Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500”
#305 (as released in the January 2003 issue).
Entrepreneur magazine’s “I’m New Here”
– recognized as one of 70 new franchises to “meet
at the door”.
“Entrepreneurial Success Award” awarded by U.S. Small
“Blue Chip Enterprise Award” awarded by U.S. Chamber
of Commerce and Nation’s Business magazine.
1990 - Inc.
magazine’s “Inc. 500” #473.
“Entrepreneur of the Year” awarded by Ernst &
Young and Inc. magazine in the service category.
Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” #280.
Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” #397.
A COMPANY WITH
Inc. is dedicated to giving back to the communities that have
given us so much. As a concerned corporate citizen, Super Wash
feels that there's no better way to keep kids safe, than to help
fight the war on drugs.
been donated to the Whiteside (IL) County and Bureau (IL) County
Sheriff's Department for the purchase of three drug dogs; and
to the Urbana, OH, Police Department's D.A.R.E. Program for the
purchase of an interactive, remote control police car called "P.C.
first became involved in this venture in December of 1999 when
Bob and Mary Black, of Super Wash, and its sister company, Town's
Edge Car Wash, Inc.,donated funds to the Whiteside (IL) County
Sheriff's Department for a new K-9 unit.
Pico, and his handler, Deputy Michael Boucher, underwent extensive
training and are now an established drug fighting team. In addition
to the drug prevention work they do on the streets of Whiteside
County, they also travel to local schools as part of the D.A.R.E.
program to educate kids on the dangers of drug use.
of 1999, Bob and Mary Black, through Super Wash, Inc. and its
sister company Town's Edge Car Wash, Inc. have donated funds to
the Bureau (IL) county Sheriff's Department and the Rock Falls
(IL) city police department for K-9 units. In addition to sponsoring
K-9 units, Bob and Mary host an annual K-9 and handler training
session with K-9 trainer Brian Gregory of Northern Michigan K-9,
In March 2000,
Super Wash purchased P.C. Robot, an interactive remote control
car for the Urbana, OH, Police Department. This 3-foot tall car
with flashing red and blue lights, working speakers, and microphone,
is being used to promote the Police Department's D.A.R.E. and
Bob and Mary
Black and Super Wash, Inc. are honored and humbled to be afforded
the opportunity to sponsor a number of Veteran's Memorials. They
are involved with the current development of memorials in Morrison,
IL, Prophetstown, IL, and Princeton, IL. We at Super Wash are
so grateful for all U.S. veterans have done, and current service
people do, for us and this great nation. "Freedom Rings Because
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