MEET SUPER WASH

REVOLUTIONARY
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.

DYNAMIC
A dynamic 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.

When you 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 tools.

• 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 line.

 

THE SUPER WASH STORY

BELIEVING IN A DREAM
The Super Wash story is truly the "Cinderella story" of a determined young couple from Morrison, Illinois, $17.42, and a dream that wouldn't die.

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.

With the 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 rejected.

Thankfully, 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.


MAKING IT HAPPEN

WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS SUCCESS
Because Super 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.

From permitting 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 ownership.

DEVELOPMENT
Our experienced 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.

REAL ESTATE
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:

• Market evaluation
• Site selection and approval
• Land contracts
• Site plans
• Topographical surveys
• Architectural blueprints
• EPA clearance
• Permitting
• State and local governmental approvals
• Total project cost estimates

CONSTRUCTION
Super Wash 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.

MANAGEMENT
Super Wash 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.

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION
Super Wash 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 exciting.

PARTS AND SERVICE
The Super 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

INTEGRITY
Super Wash, Inc.'s success is not just the result of business savvy – it's also the result of dedication, hard work and honesty.

SUPER WASH MISSION
Get up every morning and utilize every ounce of our God-given talent to make a positive difference in other people's lives.

SUPER WASH PHILOSOPHY
Meet and greet each customer with a glad heart and make a positive difference in their day.

SUPER WASH DIFFERENCE
Treat every person you come in contact with exactly the way you would want your own mom or dad treated.

SUPER WASH GOALS
• Build quality Super Wash facilities for as many right-hearted people as we can.

• Have Super Wash, Inc. “become all it is supposed to be” while never taking advantage of anyone along the way.

• No matter how many Super Wash car washes we build, it is our desire that they all be successful.


EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP

DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE
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.

Robert D. 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.

Jennifer 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.

Donald B. 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.

Joseph B. 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.

Susan E. 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.


EXCELLENCE

NATIONAL ACCLAIM
Awards, Recognitions and National Press

2005 – 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).

2004 – 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.

2004 – 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.

2004 – Entrepreneur magazine’s “The Race Goes to the Swift” #76 fastest-growing franchise.

2003 – 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).

2002 – Entrepreneur magazine’s “All New” – recognized as one of 66 fresh opportunities.

2002 – Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 25 New Franchises” #14 (based on “Franchise 500” ranking).

2002 – Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” #305 (as released in the January 2003 issue).

2001 – Entrepreneur magazine’s “I’m New Here” – recognized as one of 70 new franchises to “meet at the door”.

1995 – “Entrepreneurial Success Award” awarded by U.S. Small Business Administration.

1992 – “Blue Chip Enterprise Award” awarded by U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Nation’s Business magazine.

1990 - Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” #473.

1989 – “Entrepreneur of the Year” awarded by Ernst & Young and Inc. magazine in the service category.

1989 – Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” #280.

1988 – Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” #397.

COMMUNITY PRIDE

A COMPANY WITH A CONSCIENCE
Super Wash, 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.

Funds have 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. Robot."

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

K-9 Units
Super Wash 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.

Police dog, 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.

Since December 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, Inc.

PC ROBOT
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 safety programs.

VETERAN'S MEMORIALS
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 of You."


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