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All About Tommy Car Wash

Tommy Car Wash Systems faces the future of the car wash industry, innovating daily and offering a revolutionary car wash lineup designed by industry experts Tom and Ryan Essenburg.

What is Tommy Car Wash Systems?

Most car washes haven’t changed much in the past 30 years, and the status quo needs a modern facelift. Tommy Car Wash Systems develops car wash equipment, facilities, and operations strategies and has proven them in real world carwashes—with record breaking results! We provide those same tools to you, from a fantastic service menu to stainless steel arches, bright acrylic roof tunnels, flashing signs and lights, dual belt conveyors, and more. Our packages are built to be stunning, efficient, modern, and above all successful. Our team has assisted with the development of hundreds of car washes around the world and we hope we can transform your business with our experience and successful strategies.

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1969

Jun and Sonny Essenburg launch the first Quality Car Wash with a dual rollover system located on 17th streen in Holland, Michigan. After just a few years and great success they convert the wash into an automated 60' tunnel.

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1971

Quality Car Wash opens its Easttown location on Holland's main street. To this day this location holds a record for washing 2,500 cars in a single day for two days, back to back.

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1973

Quality Car Wash begins a long time relationship as a regoinal distributor for Hanna Car Wash Systems.

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1980

Quality Car Wash builds several new locations in Holland, Michigan. Quality also purchases several exsisting locations and renovates them for improved services and processing.

Northtown Car Wash, Holland MI
Southtown Car Wash, Holland MI
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1985

Quality Car Wash becomes a customer of and distributor of Peco Car Wash Systems Equipment after Peco leaves the Hannah Car Wash Systems organization.

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1990

Jun and Tom Essenburg build and open a 180' Gas Cstore Car Wash originally equipped with Belanger, Peco, and Hannah equipment. The site was the first to incoporate the Integrated Flight Deck System, which still grounds Tommy Car Wash Designs. At peak performance the site can wash up to 205 cars per hour.

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1991

Tommy Car Wash Systems partners with A.V.W. Equipment and launches a national distributorship network, helping to bring cutting-edge A.V.W. products to leading car washes in the United States and abroad.

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1993

Tom Essenburg is invited to join The Enhancement Group, a collection of the top 21 car wash operators in the world who meet twice a year to discuss new ideas and current events in the car wash industry.

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1997

Quality Car Wash’s six West Michigan locations are reorganized, dividing ownership between Grand Rapids and Holland regions.

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2001

Tom Essenburg launches the Tommy Car Wash Systems equipment line as a new signature series equipment package for top operators. The launch is highlighted in the grand opening of Tommy's Express, a full service wash converted to an Express car wash in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as a brand new Quality Car Wash Gas Cstore Carwash model with a barrel vault, clear acrylic roof located in Muskegon, Michigan.

Quality, Muskegon MI
Tommy's Express, Grand Rapids MI
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2002

Tommy Car Wash Systems and A.V.W Equipment develop and install the first ever wet tunnel belt conveyor (Now the Tommy Transporter™) at Quality Car Wash's Easttown location.

Dual Belt Carwash Conveyor
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2005

Tommy Car Wash develops the 'Rain-X® Arch' dispenser kit and launches a national sales campaign in partnership with Ecolab Inc.

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2007

Tommy Car Wash System reaches a milestone, installing the 100th Tommy Equipment Package.

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2008

Tommy Car Wash goes global, establishing relationships with seven European distributors and taking the continent by storm with a full size equipment demo at Automechanika in Frankfurt, Germany.

Tommy Car Wash announces a plan to develop a complete lineup of site models: the Totally Tommy buildings. Models today include our Express, Flex, and Gas C-Store designs.

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2009

Tommy Car Wash Systems headlines local newspapers, receiving notice as one of the most innovative global organizations in West Michigan.

Tommy Car Wash Systems patents the car wash POD System. This modular control setup changes the format and design of a car wash bay, collapsing components into a single unit, saving space, and improving operations.

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2010

Tommy Car Wash Systems breaks into the inbay carwash market with conveyorized conversion packages, allowing operators to convert existing sites into fully functional car wash tunnels using belt conveyor technology.

Conveyor Inbay Car Wash
Inbay Tunnel
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2011

Tommy Car Wash Systems completes the first freestanding Totally Tommy Express site design in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Tommy Car Wash patents and launches the Assisted Prep Robot, a prewash system that reduces operator labor during vehicle preparation.

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2013

Tommy Car Wash Systems updates and reinvents the Totally Tommy facility with new state of the art features, custom technologies, and stunning architectural enhancements.

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2014

Quality Car Wash opens their 6th location, a Totally Tommy Gas Wash C-Store in Holland, MI. This 'Waverly Site' goes on to achieve record breaking success, processing 419,000 total vehicles in its first year of operation.

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2016

The 'Tommy's Express Car Wash' franchise is inaugurated, leading to the development of a new national car wash chain. Tommy’s Express car washes feature the Totally Tommy building design and a complete Tommy Car Wash Systems equipment package.

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2016

Tommy’s Express Rivertown, a premiere Totally Tommy’s Express model in Grandville, MI, is completed. Tommys Express operates five separate locations across the USA.