Last winter’s record snow was a tough obstacle for many retailers and put the big chill on the travel business. But at least one industry finds itself cleaning up as the weather begins to warm up and motorists try to cope with the build-up of corrosive salt and grim.
No better way for the car wash industry to celebrate its 100th anniversary. More precisely, it’s the centennial of the “production line” car wash, an event brought 5,600 industry professionals to Chicago for the annual International Carwash Association convention.
That’s actually a small representation of an industry that now operates an estimated 150,000 retail car wash locations around the world. But the trade group has gone high-tech for its big anniversary, setting up a special carwash page on Facebook, among other things, allowing members to share vintage photos and stories – as well as modern tips of the trade.