17th Street Location
Jun and Sonny Essenburg launch the first Quality Car Wash with a dual rollover system located on 17th street in Holland, Michigan. After just a few years and great success they convert the wash into an automated 60' tunnel.
Quality Car Wash opens its Eastown location on Holland's main street. For decades, this location would hold the record for washing 2,500 cars per day for two consecutive days.
Quality Car Wash builds several new locations in Holland, Michigan. Quality also purchases several existing locations and renovates them for improved services and processing.
Jun and Tom Essenburg build and open a 180' Gas C-Store Car Wash. The site was the first to incorporate 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.
Tommy Car Wash Systems partners with AVW Equipment and launches a national distributorship network, helping to bring cutting-edge AVW products to leading car washes in the United States and abroad.
Tom Essenburg launches the Tommy Car Wash Systems equipment line as a new signature series equipment package for 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 C-Store Carwash model with a barrel vault, clear acrylic roof located in Muskegon, Michigan.
Tommy Car Wash Systems and AVW Equipment develop and install the first ever wet tunnel belt conveyor (the Tommy Transporter) at Quality Car Wash's Eastown location.
Tommy Car Wash Systems reaches a milestone, installing the 100th Tommy Equipment package.
Tommy Car Wash Systems 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 Systems completes the first freestanding Totally Tommy Express site design in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Totally Tommy site design is updated and revised with new features plus updated technology and architecture. Orders are placed and independent Totally Tommy washes begin operation around the United States.
Quality Car Wash opens their 6th location, a Totally Tommy Gas Wash C-Store in Holland, MI. The 'Waverly Site' goes on to achieve record breaking success, processing 419,000 total vehicles in its first year of operation.
The Tommy's Express Car Wash franchise is inaugurated as a sister car wash company supported by Tommy Car Wash Systems. Tommy's Express car washes feature the Totally Tommy building design and a complete Tommy Car Wash Systems equipment package.
Wash Club, an advanced licensed plate reader system designed to support car wash club membership programs, is introduced to the car wash market. Tommy's Express Car Wash opens franchise partner site in Overland Park, KS.
Tommy Car Wash Systems acquires a detergent blending factory and begins manufacturing their own high-quality detergents lineup.
The Tommy's Express Car Wash franchise opens 6 locations across the USA. (Joplin, MO / San Antonio, TX / Jenison, MI / Menifee, CA / Omaha, NE / Sarasota, FL)
Corporate owned Quality Car Wash sets world record by washing 3,255 cars in one day. The Tommy's Express franchise will have 33 operating sites by the end of the year.
Tommy's Express is named #7 on the Professional Car Wash and Detailing Magazine list of Top 50 Conveyorized Car Washes. Tommy's Express continues growth, opening 27 new locations.
Tommy's Express is named to the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list as the #1 in category and one of the fastest-growing franchises. Tommy's Express opens 31 new locations, bringing the total to 94.